News Shrien Dewani is accused of killing his bride Anni on their honeymoon in South Africa

Shrien Dewani, who is accused of organising the murder of his wife Anni, has lost a High Court bid to block his extradition to South Africa until he is fit to stand trial.

James Holmes is likely to be moved to a psychiatric hospital

Accused Denver cinema shooter, James Holmes, will plead not guilty by reason of insanity

James Holmes, the former PhD-student accused of killing 12 people in Colorado when he opened fire in a cinema during a midnight screening of Batman, intends to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, his lawyers have said.

Mentally-ill patients were 'Tasered' more than 50 times in three years

Freedom of Information request reveals extent of stun-gun use by police in psychiatric wards

Stroke survivors and their families feel abandoned by health services after being left to deal with the emotional impact alone, says report

Stroke survivors and their families feel abandoned by health and social services after being left to deal with the emotional impact of stroke alone, a report reveals today.

Prisons aren’t the right place for people with mental illness. We must find another way

Despite overwhelming evidence there is still continuing reluctance from politicians to accept just how useless short prison sentences are

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Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev transferred to prison hospital

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old charged with setting off the shrapnel-packed pressure cooker bombs that killed three people at last week's Boston Marathon has been transferred from a civilian hospital to a federal medical detention centre.

Maurice Leigh and Neil Bowdery arriving at Maidstone Crown Court

Police officers stand trial after paranoid schizophrenic dies in handcuffs

Officers only realised Colin Holt had choked on his own vomit when they went to lift him up

CCTV footage shows the heavily pregnant Fiona Anderson leaving the keys to her own home at a property in Lowestoft where she believed her estranged partner had been staying

Fiona Anderson death: Police release new CCTV which shows last moments of heavily pregnant Lowestoft mother before fall

The young mum had a violent row with her estranged partner the night before she died

I'm with Grayling on this one, prisoners could be doing more valuable things than playing Xbox

Two in three inmates leave prison without a job prospect - it’s no wonder such a high percentage end up reoffending

Welfare reform ‘will hit private renters hardest’

Vast sums are being added to the cost of the health service and welfare state because of illnesses that people contract from living in sub-standard housing, an environmental health body has warned.

Genetic tests may help bipolar disorder patients

Scientists have identified a group of patients with a genetic predisposition to mental illness, opening up for the first time the prospect of personalised medicine in psychiatry.

PC Ian Dibell died from a single wound to his chest as he tried to intervene in a dispute

Killed police officer showed 'quite extraordinary bravery' to protect others

PC Ian Dibell intervened when a man attacked two of his neighbours

James Best died of a heart attack in prison

James Best: Jailed in the riots for stealing a gingerbread man... dead in the prison that should have protected him

James Best had a history of mental health problems before being jailed after the riots of 2011. Now his brother has warned that the systemic failures which led to his death could happen again

It is not daft to suggest that smokers need psychiatric help

The nation’s dwindling band of smokers, skulking outside office doors, already resent being treated as pariahs. The suggestion that they may be dotty, too, will only enrage them further. But the argument is not as daft as it seems. It is a matter of statistics.

Smoking could be a sign of psychiatric illness

Smoking may be a sign of psychiatric illness, says report, after a third of smokers are found to have a mental disorder

Doctors advised to refer patients who smoke to mental health services after major medical study

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Italy's would-be Prime Minister Pier Luigi Bersani says job is 'only for mentally ill'

Italy’s would-be Prime Minister has said that “only a mentally ill person” would want the job right now, as the eurozone’s third biggest democracy continues to tie itself in knots.

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

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Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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