Life and Style The secret 'Dishfire' system can read hundreds of millions of text messages from around the world

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

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee hits out at spy agencies as bosses face MPs grilling

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

Donald Macintyre'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.”

GCHQ had not circumvented regulations

MPs clear GCHQ use of US Prism system as legal

But they will review legislation regarding effect of surveillance on privacy and human rights

Tony Blair: Woolwich attack shows there is a 'problem within Islam'

The former Prime Minister said the ideology that inspired the act of terror that shocked Britain last month is 'profound and dangerous'

Suspects Michael Adebolajo, left and Michael Adebowale, right

Did MI5 blunder over Woolwich 'killers'? We will never know

Intelligence and Security Committee will not present findings to the public

The Sketch: Will Nicholas Soames be remembered as the new Horatius?

Rising to his feet, Nicholas Soames, the larger than life – in every sense – Tory MP for Mid-Sussex spread a frisson of anticipation among MPs assembled for day three of the Queen’s Speech debate.

Saudi consortium buys farming group to increase food security

A London-listed company which owns swaths of the world's most fertile farmland in the Ukraine and Poland was snapped up yesterday by a consortium of Saudi Arabian investors for £61.5m.

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.

Simon Carr: So serious a Bill that even Gordon gets the call

Sketch: Pete Wishart asked that Liberals would guarantee not to take up seats in an unreformed Lords
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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