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Abu Qatada could be freed by end of the month

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British national'

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May did get Qatada date wrong (but she'll deport him anyway)

Radical cleric was within his rights to appeal to European court – but judges reject his case

Abu Qatada is driven away after being refused bail at Tuesday's hearing

Abu Qatada deportation case back in UK court

Abu Qatada's deportation is in the hands of the British courts after the Jordanian terror suspect lost his attempt to make a final appeal to Europe's human rights judges.

16 killed in Pakistan market bomb attack

A bombing in a Pakistani market close to the Afghan border killed 16 people today, a day after the US released a letter written by Osama bin Laden that criticised similar attacks for killing too many civilians.

Failed attempts to deport Qatada have cost nearly £1million

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Barack Obama to use Bin Laden raid in election campaign

One year after he authorised an extraordinary mission inside Pakistan by an elite Navy SEALs unit to kill Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama is not hesitating to put it front and centre in his gathering re-election effort, while implying that his presumptive challenger in 2012, Mitt Romney, might not have been so gutsy.

Al-Qa'ida offer UK hostage swap for Qatada release

Al Qa'ida has offered to free a British hostage if the radical cleric Abu Qatada is released by the UK, a statement claimed today.

Sophie Heawood: Women rarely say, gosh, I've had the baby

I'd never given the American pop star Jessica Simpson much thought before. Nice blond hair, reality TV show origins, some songs I can't remember. Until last week, when she became so fully gestational that all her famous friends started banging on about it. "Has Jessica Simpson had that baby yet?! I'm getting anxious," tweeted fellow pop star Katy Perry. TV presenter Chelsea Handler, recently voted one of the world's most influential people by Time magazine, asked much the same thing, only worse: "How has Jessica Simpson still not given birth to this baby? I'm getting frightened." At the risk of suggesting that a woman who hasn't had a baby might not know as much about the subject as one who has, it is clear that neither Perry nor Handler know what it is to be very, very pregnant.

Protesters demonstrate the waterboarding technique on volunteer Maboud Ebrahim Zadeh in Washington

Waterboarding and 'enhanced interrogation' shown to be ineffective

Official report finds that CIA's controversial techniques failed to help in hunt for Bin Laden

Qatada as he was driven back from a Special Immigration Appeals Hearing at the High Court yesterday

Abu Qatada appeal blocks deportation

Terror suspect Abu Qatada today lodged an appeal with Europe's human rights judges which effectively blocks the Government's attempts to deport him to Jordan, officials said.

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