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The NSA has to delete innocent texts involving Americans from the system but there is no requirement to do so for foreign phone numbers

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Sir Tim called for 'a full and frank' public debate as intelligence bosses face quizzing from Parliamentary committee later this afternoon

Donald Macinytre's Sketch: Like Robert Walpole in reverse - and just as uncomfortable

David Cameron found himself in exactly the opposite position of his 18th-century predecessor Robert Walpole, who, pushed by a jingoistic public into a war he didn't want, lamented: “They now ring the bells, but soon they will wring their hands.”

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Sergei Magnitsky: The lawyer tasked with investigating the alleged fraud against Hermitage. Died in prison in 2009 after he was beaten and prison officials refused him treatment for a medical condition.

US starts a new 'cold war' over Magnitsky affair: Furious Russia vows to list Americans blocked from entering country, after US votes to name and shame corrupt officials

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs described 'biased approach' as 'nothing but a vindictive desire to counter Russia in world affairs'

Chris Bryant says he was targeted by the CFoR

Chris Bryant accuses Russian officials of ‘smear campaign’

Sir Malcolm Rifkind has resigned as honorary president of the Russian pressure group

Sir Malcolm Rifkind warns against adopting press recommendations for a new system of self-regulation

Don't shy away from tighter press controls, top Tories urge Cameron

More than 40 Conservatives, including four former cabinet minsters, have signed an open letter calling for David Cameron not to shy away from introducing a tougher system of press regulation.

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OLIVER LETWIN: Reportedly told London Mayor Boris Johnson he did not want

Information Commissioner says Oliver Letwin broke law over dumped documents

Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin broke the law when he dumped sensitive official documents in a park bin, a watchdog found today.

Leading Scottish Tory plans to disband party

The front-runner to become Conservative leader in Scotland will today set out plans to disband the party north of the border, arguing that its brand has become fatally tainted among voters.

Scottish Tory aims to disband party

A contender to lead the Scottish Conservatives is vowing to disband the party and split from London control if elected.

Adrian Hamilton: The charade of public inquiries

Those who shout 'cover up' at any government-ordered investigation fail to understand the political imperatives

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