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Regional council finds novel solution for education and overcrowding

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale

Vladimir Putin vows to pardon jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Former Yukos Oil tycoon was convicted of tax evasion and embezzlement

Turkey named as worst country for jailing journalists – again

More journalists have been jailed in Turkey than in any other country for the second consecutive year, followed closely by Iran and China, according to a media watchdog.

Prisoners serving less than a year should be allowed to vote, says Parliamentary committee

Prisoners serving sentences of 12 months or less should be given the vote, the Government is today told by an all-party parliamentary committee.

A colleague filmed Sgt Alexander Blackman carrying out the killing in Helmand

Marine A may need same prison protection as a paedophile, court hears

Lord Thomas said that balanced against the principle of open justice was the risk that Blackman could be attacked in prison

Locks changed on Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela's house as family feud boils over

The latest developments are part of a long-running feud between the two, both of whom have been jostling for position at head of the family

Fredrik Reinfeldt says he wants a mandatory prison sentence for buying sex from minors

Swedish PM wants tougher sentences for those who buy sex from prostitutes

The Swedish Prime Minister says he wants to increase the sentences under the country’s pioneering law on prostitution, which criminalises the buyer and protects the prostitute.

Indians students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University hold placards during a candle light vigil on the first anniversary of the fatal gang rape of a young woman in a bus

Candlelit vigil held for Delhi bus rape victim, one year on from attack

Students, Bollywood actresses and women’s groups held rallies and candlelight vigils across India on Monday in memory of a young woman whose fatal gang rape on a bus a year ago shook the nation.

Mark Bridger and his victim April Jones

Mark Bridger will challenge life sentence for murdering five-year-old April Jones

Parents Coral and Paul Jones say they are 'tortured' by legal battles

A senior BBC executive could be held in contempt of Parliament after a report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) into huge pay-offs at the corporation suggested that witnesses may have misled MPs when they gave evidence.

BBC put reputation at risk with severance deals, says Margaret Hodge

The Public Accounts Committee chair accused the corporation of ‘cronyism’

Eric Brandon jailed for life after shooting teenage stepson Alex Koser dead during row over the volume of his computer games

48-year-old, from Georgia in the USA, was jailed after calling 911 and confessing to the crime

File image showing a prison cell.

Woman who miscarried in private prison 'made to clean up after herself,' court told

Alleged incident took place in HMP Peterborough after Nadine Wright was arrested for stealing food 'out of desperation'

The dismissal of Abdul Quader Mollah's appeal against execution is celebrated in Dhaka. Mollah was sentenced to life imprisonment but the Supreme Court changed the verdict to a death sentence

Bangladesh executes Islamist leader and convicted war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah over deaths in war of independence

Violent backlash is expected after the hanging of the man who was responsible for more than 380 deaths during the country’s war of independence in 1971

Prisoners given in-cell phones and screens

National Audit Office report reveals new prisons in England and Wales are also being built with in-cell facilities such as screened showers and toilets

Guards escort and Yekaterina Samutsevich (left), Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (centre) and Maria Alekhina to their trial in Moscow last year

Pussy Riot may be free by new year after judgement is overturned by Russia's Supreme Court

Russia’s Supreme Court has said the ruling that jailed the feminist punk group Pussy Riot was illegal and their case should be heard again.

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why