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

Lord Hunt is new PCC chairman

The Conservative peer Lord Hunt, who served as a minister under Lady Thatcher and John Major, has been named as the new chairman of the Press Complaints Commission.

Poll blow to Miliband ahead of crucial speech

Ed Miliband suffered a double setback last night as the Conservatives edged ahead of Labour in a poll for The Independent which also shows that only one in four voters regards him as a credible Prime Minister-in-waiting.

Editor-At-Large: It's jobs for the boys, and cheese and wine for the girls

Hungry for power, Dave was keen to woo us, chatting away on Mumsnet, ensuring he was photographed taking his kids to school, helping out in the kitchen. Come election time, repulsed by Gordon Brown's macho infighting, we fell for the propaganda – and millions of Tory and Lib Dem female voters were reassured when Dave said his government would be the "most family friendly ever".

Clegg claims victory over Gove

Nick Clegg is to declare victory in a coalition battle with Michael Gove over the new free schools.

Clegg facing party revolt over revised NHS reforms

Nick Clegg faces rebellion – both in Westminster and at the Liberal Democrat conference – over the Coalition's plans to overhaul the National Health Service.

Health ministers to vote against abortion plan

Health ministers will vote against calls to change the advice given to women considering an abortion in an attempt to defeat a move aimed at reducing terminations.

Sima Barmania: Happy Eid from...David Cameron?

Last night I witnessed a very unusual event on television; Prime Minister David Cameron wishing viewers a happy Eid on Islam Channel.

Coalition divided over Cable's plan for land tax

a split between Conservative and Liberal Democrat ministers emerged yesterday as Nick Clegg's party demanded higher taxes on land and property to hit the rich.

Government launches abortion advice service

Pregnant women considering an abortion will be offered independent counselling under Government plans to be announced next week. MPs will debate proposals to prevent organisations that carry out terminations – such as Marie Stopes and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service – offering pre-abortion counselling. Tory MP Nadine Dorries, who backs such a ban, said the independent advice would not be compulsory but an option. She said her aim was not to achieve fewer abortions but that could be the consequence, which would be "good".

Andrew Martin: Transport problem? Stay at home

The Dome was literally hollow and the Olympics are metaphorically hollow

Man charged with Clegg paint attack

A man appeared in court charged with assault today after Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was splattered with blue paint at a meeting of members of his party.

Lib Dems 'squeamish' on immigration

Liberal Democrat "squeamishness" is in danger of undermining the Government's crackdown on immigration, a senior Tory backbencher warned today.

Video: Clegg: 'Riots not caused by cuts'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says looters who destroyed property across the UK must look their victims in the eye and apologise.

Video: Clegg: 'We cannot make excuses for rioters'

Deputy PM Nick Clegg condemns rioters across the country but is full of praise for the police.

Cuts in bus services will affect rural areas

The English bus industry is facing its greatest financial challenge for a generation, a report by MPs said today.

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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