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Change to UK motoring laws will also give speeding exemptions to transplant organ couriers and bomb disposal units

Coroner criticises MI6 investigation into spy Gareth Williams' death

MI6 and a senior detective were accused today of failing to disclose vital evidence in the death riddle of spy Gareth Williams.

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Gareth Williams’ mother Ellen arrives for the inquest in London yesterday

Mother breaks down as MI6 says sorry for failures over spy's death

Mr Williams, a cipher expert, had carried out unauthorised searches on the MI6 website

Spy poisoning 'cannot be ruled out', says forensic expert

Scientists cannot rule out if spy Gareth Williams was poisoned before being dumped in a bag because it took MI6 a week to realise he was missing, an inquest heard today.

Neil Heywood not a spy, says William Hague

A British businessman thought to have been murdered in China “was not an employee of the British Government in any capacity”, Foreign Secretary William Hague said today.

Williams' decomposing body was found in a red holdall at his London flat

MI6 officer was missing for over a week before his boss raised alarm

The boss of Gareth Williams, whose naked body was found in a padlocked bag, faced severe criticism at the inquest into the MI6 officer's death for failing to issue an effective alert despite the agent not being at work for more than a week.

Williams' decomposing body was found in a red holdall at his London flat

MI6 chief says he did not follow rules in 'spy in a bag' tragedy

The boss of MI6 officer Gareth Williams, whose naked body was found in a padlocked bag, faced severe criticism at the inquest into the death for failing to issue an effective alert despite the agent not being at work for more than a week.

The body of spy Gareth Williams was found in the bath of his home in London in August 2010

Family see graphic footage of Gareth Williams’ death scene as 'mystery DNA' is found on bag containing body

Video footage of Gareth Williams’ death scene was shown in a court today, unseen by members of his family who could not bear to view the footage which included shots of a bag with the body of Gareth Williams still inside.

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It seems that the process of co-operation with Libya went much too far

Activision in view to make a killing as 007 Legends is announced

007 Legends set to let gamers relive Bond's 'most iconic and intense undercover missions' ahead of James Bond's 50th anniversary.

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The fight gets dirty: Sun accuses rival of using ex-MI6 men to tail civil servant

Guardian accused of 'highly invasive' undercover operation

Heywood said he felt safe

Tom Reed: 'My friend Neil was in perfect health just before he died'

Neil was dead? I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Yes – a heart attack, said the voice on the other end of the phone. But he'd seemed in perfect health when I saw him days previously for a long, chatty dinner in Beijing. Do be careful, I was urged.

The force said it launched an investigation today after being made aware that the phone calls might have been breached

Team Poison hackers claim to have recorded anti-terrorist hotline calls

The Metropolitan Police is today investigating claims that the hacking group Team Poison illegally recorded calls made to its anti-terrorist hotline.

Abdelhakim Belhaj is set to be compensated by the British Government after he was handed over and tortured in Tripoli’s notorious Abu Salim prison

Government pay-out for man handed over to Libyan torturers

Ministers are preparing to pay substantial compensation to a senior military commander in the new Libyan government who was abducted and sent to Libya at the request of Colonel Gaddafi eight years ago.

Government plans to hold more secret court hearings attacked as 'unfair' and 'dangerous'

The Government came in for withering criticism from all sides yesterday as its plans to hold more court hearings in secret were attacked as “inherently unfair” and “dangerous”.

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