News Charities say drug users are switching to alternative drugs created in laboratories because they know they are not breaking the law if they are caught in possession

Proposals "fetter UK's discretion", insists crime minister Norman Baker MP

Less than a fifth of race hate complaints are investigated by police

Exclusive: Race hate - a crime the police will not solve

Community leaders say they no longer trust police to investigate offences as fewer than two out of 10 allegations of race hate are followed up by officers

The trend for mephedrone-type drugs is more prevalent among university-age users and older teens

Legal highs found on shelves in petrol stations

Petrol stations, takeaways and newsagents across Northern England are stocking ‘legal highs’ like “peanuts in a pub”, as drug sales spread from ‘head shops’ to the high street, a report from a major drugs charity claims.

Nick Clegg delivers his speech in east London

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: We heard Nick Clegg’s apocalyptic rhetoric on Europe loud and clear

Nick Clegg’s first words were “I hope you can all hear me”; puzzlingly, since he was speaking through a microphone and there were only a couple of dozen of us in the audience.

Pair of tickets on the Orient Express for a round trip from Peterborough, including dinner (£235 per person)

Rail fares capped – but at £500 you could still go to New York or Dubai for the price of a ticket

Campaigners reject Government attempt to assuage anger over rising train prices

'Mix and match' plan could spell the end of one way train fares costing almost as much as return tickets

Plans for a pilot scheme that could see all long-distance rail tickets sold on a single-leg basis and allow passengers to 'mix and match' each ticket type when planning a return journey

Drink-drive deaths soar by 25 per cent after decades of decline

An estimated 290 people were killed in drink-drive accidents in Britain in 2012

Plans are afoot to grant motorists a 15-minute grace window allowing them to park on double yellow lines

Eric Pickles's plan to give 15-minute grace on double-yellow lines is denounced as 'unworkable'

Lib Dems split over support for cabinet colleague

Shoppers to be allowed to park on double-yellow lines for 15 minutes under Eric Pickles policy

But motorists could face stiffer fines for dangerous parking

Lib Dems roll out plans for free bus travel for children

Children across the country could be offered free bus travel under plans being considered by the Liberal Democrats.

Railways winning war on cable theft as delays are halved

Authorities are winning the war against metal and cable theft on the railways, according to latest figures.

Simon Burns, minister responsible for train fares, uses £80,000-a-year chauffeur-driven government car to 'avoid overcrowded trains'

News is likely to provoke more anger from commuters still reeling from the New Year inflation-busting rise in train fares last week.

Private land wheel clamping banned

Cowboy wheel clampers will be outlawed from clamping vehicles on private land from tomorrow as new legislation comes into place.

Osborne plans to soften the blow of child benefit cut for richer families

Plans to soften the blow from withdrawing child benefit from higher-rate taxpayers will be announced in the Budget later this month.

Mitt Romney goes into tomorrow’s “Super Tuesday” boosted by his wins in Michigan and Arizona last week

Romney aims to regain aura of inevitablity as 'Super Tuesday' electoral contest looms

Exasperated with a primary process as protracted as it has been vicious, Republican Party grandees are looking to see if Mitt Romney can at last regain an aura of inevitability in tomorrow's "Super Tuesday" contests across 10 states.

Politics in Russia are no longer wholly predictable

Ever since 24 September last year, we have known the name of the winner of today's Russian presidential vote. That was the day when Vladimir Putin ended long-running speculation and instead of allowing his protégé, Dmitry Medvedev, a second term in the Kremlin, announced to Russia and the world that he would return himself.

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Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

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Children's books are too white, says Laureate

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Blackest is the new black

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Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

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Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

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