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

Gareth Williams’ body was found inside a red North Face holdall

'Spy in a bag' may have been executed by secret agents, coroner hears

Dirty tricks may mean killers will never face justice

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Ken Clarke defends 'secret' hearings

British spies cannot be expected to give evidence in open courts and it only takes one case "blowing up" to damage the UK's national security, Kenneth Clarke said today.

Mossadeq embodied Iran's 'martyrdom complex': A protest outside the British Embassy in Tehran, 2011

Patriot of Persia, By Christopher de Bellaigue

As international tension over Tehran's nuclear ambitions continues to grow, it is more important than ever to examine Iran's national history and find clues to this complex and perplexing country. Christopher de Bellaigue's superbly timed biography of Iran's former prime minister, Mohammed Mossadeq, helps us to do so. A Persian scholar who has lived in Iran for more than a decade, he has combed through archive material to add to the existing literature about Mossadeq and his defining act - the nationalisation of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in 1951.

Police launch probe over torture allegations in Libya

British spies accused of helping in the rendition and torture of two Libyan rebels will be investigated by police, officials said today.

Security fears as hackers target military chiefs

Hackers have posted the email addresses and encrypted passwords of thousands of British defence, intelligence, police officials and politicians on the internet.

The Double Shadow, By Sally Gardner

Ever since Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, children's literature has offered authors a wider freedom of choice over possible plots, themes and styles than those normally fashionable in adult novels. This situation continues, with Sally Gardner, a good example of a writer who establishes her own rules as she goes along. Her latest stand-alone novel is a typically brilliant but occasionally bewildering affair. It also grapples with important issues of memory, loss and identity.

ABDELHAKIM BELHAJ: The former head of the Libyan Islamist Fighting Group was arrested in 2004

Libyan commander sues UK over torture claim

Abdelhakim Belhaj says MI6 knew he was being tortured but did nothing to stop it

Hague will acknowledge that Britain's reputation had been damaged by a series of claims that MI5 and MI6 officers had been complicit in the extraordinary rendition

Hague seeks to 'draw line' under torture allegations

Foreign Secretary William Hague will today stress the Government's commitment to "drawing a line" under the alleged involvement of Britain's intelligence agencies in the torture of terror suspects held overseas.

Revealed: MI6 saved Saif Gaddafi from death threat

British intelligence and Scotland Yard were involved in an international operation to protect Saif al-Islam, the son of Muammar Gaddafi, from an Islamist plot to assassinate him on British soil, secret files discovered by The Independent have revealed. The British intelligence services suspected that the plot was linked to Qatar, currently the West's foremost Arab ally against the Libyan regime.

Gaddafi, Britain and US: A secret, special and very cosy relationship

Classified files lay bare the ties between the nations

Moussa Koussa's secret letters betray Britain's Libyan connection

Messages found in his office show how MI6 gave details of dissident exiles to Gaddafi – and how the CIA used regime for rendition

Spies like us: New films by David Hare and John le Carré show human side of the intelligence services

The results are tantalising, says Geoffrey Macnab

Behind closed doors: The bewildering dance between Gaddafi and MI6

Britain and the Gaddafi regime were not always the enemies they are now. Gordon Corera recalls the secret deals and clandestine contact – and the key role played by the Colonel's son Saif

The Blagger's Guide To...The Voewood Festival

Talks, music, and sitting on rugs drinking cider

A Deniable Death, By Gerald Seymour

Nothing can be more bitter (said Lytton Strachey) than to be doomed to a life of literature. Strachey was wrong - it is far worse to find oneself encountering a slew of bad thrillers.

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