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Amanda Knox on Good Morning America

Meredith Kercher murder: Amanda Knox breaks down in first live interview after second guilty verdict, saying: 'It hit me like a train'

From Seattle to the Austrian border, the fallout from the latest verdict on Meredith Kercher’s murder has been dramatic

According to research published by the Ministry of Justice, over a fifth of out of work benefits claimants have a criminal record

Nearly a quarter of jobless benefits claimants have a criminal record, study says

More than a fifth of out of work benefits claimants have a criminal record according to research published by the Ministry of Justice today.

Homophobia doesn't just oppress gay people, it affects us all

To be thought of as gay still elicits a fearful response in far too many people

Man who tricked girlfriend into taking 'abortion pills' is sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison

John Weldon gave his ex-girlfriend a drug he believed would cause her to miscarry

Fearne Cotton and BBC criticised by mother of murdered school girl Sarah Payne for broadcasting word 'Megalolz' following Ian Watkins' conviction

The Radio 1 DJ is the ex-girlfriend of convicted Lost Prophets singer, who infamously used the phrase to make light of his crimes

Better Call Saul: Mike Ehrmantraut to return in Breaking Bad prequel

Only Saul and Mike confirmed for a return so far

A ceremony at the memorial site of the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim took place 69 years after the liberation of the death camp by Soviet troops, in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust

Medomsley young offenders centre: over 140 alleged victims of abuse have come forward

Detectives said they were "shaken" by "horrific" alleged cases

Behind bars: Reformed prisoners could be held in jail longer than is necessary

Exclusive: Parole system failing prisoners and close to be overwhelmed, lawyers warn

Inmates due to be freed should have face-to-face hearings – but there are not enough officers to go round

Emma Wilson, aged 25, of Windsor who was jailed for life at the Old Bailey on Friday

Emma Wilson: Mother jailed for life for murdering 11-month-old

A mother has been jailed for life for beating, blinding and murdering her 11-month baby son.

Gilles Bourdouleix made the comments during an altercation with members of a Roma community parked on land near the town he is mayor of

French MP avoids jail after saying Adolf Hitler "maybe didn't kill enough" Roma gypsies

Gilles Bourdouleix was found guilty of 'condoning crimes against humanity' after he was caught on camera making the statement during an altercation with a traveller community

Ian Watkins wants to appeal the length of his sentence

Paedophile Ian Watkins in appeal bid for child sex offences

Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, who was handed a 35-year sentence for a string of child sex offences, has lodged an application for permission to appeal the length of his sentence.

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Road sign to the entrance of HMP Featherstone, HMP Brinsford and HMP Oakwood; a nine-hour disturbance at Oakwood prison has been described as a 'full scale riot'

Oakwood Prison: G4S denies claims nine-hour disturbance at Wolverhampton jail was a 'full scale riot'

A nine-hour disturbance at a private prison run by controversial operator G4S has been described as a “full scale riot”.  An unnamed member of the so-called Tornado squads sent in to quell the violence at HMP Oakwood near Wolverhampton earlier this month has claimed that inmates set tripwires and threatened officers as they were leaving a wing strewn with debris, including iron bars.

Xu Zhiyong is charged with ‘gathering a crowd to disturb order’, and could face five years in prison

Xu Zhiyong trial: Chinese activist and lawyer make ‘silent protest’ in court

Mr Xu is charged with 'gathering a crowd to disturb public order', punishable by up to five years in prison

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After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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