News Theresa May has remained elusive on the question of what happens to the terror suspects when their restrictions are lifted in the coming days

Measures hailed three years ago as vital to public safety are deemed now to have no ‘practical utility’

Mohammed Hamid, described as 'dangerously charming', progressed from shoplifting to turning young men into jihadists

Mohamed Hamid: From petty criminal to tutor of terrorists

Preacher, described as ‘dangerously charming’, progressed from shoplifting to turning young men into jihadists

One of the attackers captured on camera

Woolwich: Suspect was known to banned Islamist group and MI5

One of the two men involved in the Woolwich terror attack was known to a banned Islamist organisation and went by the name of Mujahid,The Independent has learned.

Possible piece of plane landing gear from 9/11 World Trade Centre attacks found jammed next to mosque site on Park Place in New York

A rusted 5-foot-tall piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the hijacked planes destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks has been discovered near the World Trade Centre wedged between a luxury apartment building and a mosque site that once prompted virulent national debate about Islam and free speech.

Second suspect of Boston Marathon bombing Dzhokhar A Tsarnaev

From Boston to Chechnya to Moscow: the chain of terror that unites US and Russia

Fear of Islamic extremism is a rare bridging link between the US and Russia

The FBI crime laboratory in Quantico, Virginia

Boston bombing: Real-life CSI lab moves in to pick up the pieces

As he briefed reporters in Boston on Tuesday afternoon, FBI special agent Richard DesLauriers detailed some of the physical clues the authorities had found during their investigation into Monday's bomb attacks: "Pieces of black nylon, which could be from a backpack, fragments of BBs [ball bearings] and nails, possibly contained in a pressure cooker device."

President Obama

Letter laced with deadly poison ricin sent to President Obama

Preliminary tests reveal presence of lethal toxin as FBI confirm new connection to letter sent to Republican senator

Libya extremist involved in US ambassador attack shot in Darna

The leader of an Islamic extremist militia in Libya suspected of involvement in an attack in Benghazi that killed the US ambassador has been shot.

Sir Jonathan Evans who is to step down as head of MI5 next month, Home Secretary Theresa May told MPs today

MI5 director general Sir Jonathan Evans to step down next month

The head of MI5, Sir Jonathan Evans, is to step down next month after being in charge at a time when the Service faced the rising threat of Islamist extremism.

The veteran US hoaxer has put together a 'Greatest Hits' film

Joey Skaggs: Time to get fooled again as veteran US hoaxer puts together a 'Greatest Hits' film

Joey Skaggs has been duping the US media since the mid-Sixties. As he lands in Britain, he tells Ian Burrell why

David Hasselhoff greets crowds protesting the toppling of part of the Berlin Wall's remains

David Hasselhoff returns to Germany to protect 'sacred' remains of the Berlin Wall

Excited crowds greet unlikely returning hero of German reunification

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former spokesman, abu Ghaith

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law Suleiman Abu Ghaith to face New York court over terror charges

Suleiman Abu Ghaith, thought to have been involved in planning the 9/11 attacks, will answer terror charges in the USA

Postcard from... Washington

Finally, downtown Washington is getting rid of the FBI. Not the organisation – what with cyber-crime, terrorism and shooting rampages, the services of the “Feds” are more in demand than ever – but the eyesore that is the Bureau’s headquarters.

Actress Jessica Chastain arrives at the Oscars

'Inaccuracies' push Zero Dark Thirty out of the picture at the Oscars

It began the awards season as one of the favourites for Best Picture, but on Sunday night in Los Angeles, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty was so comprehensively snubbed that it had to share its only win with Skyfall. For just the sixth time in Oscars history, a tie was announced, in the Best Sound Editing category, between Ms Bigelow’s film about the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden, and the latest movie in the James Bond franchise.

Second inaugural addresses: fraught with difficulty and rarely memorable

The second inaugural address has rarely been memorable. Save for Abraham Lincoln’s, which struck a series of soaring notes, including “Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty source of war may speedily pass away”, they are fraught with difficulty.

Along with lawyers for Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi and Ammar al-Baluchi, Ms Bormann insisted that it would make it harder to convict those accused of supporting roles

U-turn leaves Guantanamo Bay 9/11 trials in disarray

The Guantanamo Bay trials are in such disarray that nobody may ever be convicted of the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, it emerged today.

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