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The lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday by Scott MacIntyre, alleges that the politician was behind an assault in a Toronto jail in March 2012

Laughing policemen: of the 343 local authorities assessed in the index, 278 are more peaceful now than they were ten years ago

Fall in violent crime: Britain - land of law and order

We’re constantly regaled with tales of our broken society. But a new report has revealed that violent crime is falling – and faster than in any other European country. Emily Dugan explains how it all went right

Paolo Di Canio celebrates during Sunderland's victory over Newcastle in the Premier League at St James' Park

Alan Pardew condemns crowd trouble following Newcastle's defeat to Sunderland

Supporters clashed in the city centre after the game

Parkinson's sufferers 'face abuse' because of symptoms

Parkinson's disease sufferers are being subjected to “intolerable levels of prejudice”, a charity has warned, after it was found that two in five of those afflicted with the disease have experienced discrimination because of their symptoms.

Rare case: The Philpotts were not typical of anything

On a one-way street to social inequality

Lashing out at the freakshow of Mick Philpott won't solve the problems of our overstretched welfare system

Jesse Ryder remains in a coma after being injured in an unprovoked late-night assault

Attack on Kiwi Ryder 'unprovoked' say witnesses

Sympathy was being expressed today for Jesse Ryder who remains in an induced coma with critical injuries after a seemingly unprovoked assault just a day before he was due to leave New Zealand for the Indian Premier League.

Carl Pistorius, right, and Henke Pistorius, the brother and father of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius' brother Carl pleads not guilty in female motorcyclist road death trial

Carl Pistorius, the sharp suited brother of Paralympian double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, pleaded not guilty to a charge of culpable homicide for the death of a female motorcyclist in a 2008 road collision.

Health campaigners have been pressing for tougher action on alcohol abuse

David Cameron 'ignoring compelling evidence' that dearer alcohol would save lives

David Cameron will be guilty of ignoring compelling medical evidence if he decides to abandon plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol, the Government's own public health advisers warned today.

Independent MP for Falkirk, Eric Joyce

Eric Joyce denies being an alcoholic after arrest for fight in parliamentary bar

The MP arrested for a fracas in Parliament on Thursday has denied being drunk at the time of the incident, and denied being an alcoholic.

Independent MP for Falkirk, Eric Joyce

Eric Joyce, MP arrested for the second time over fracas: "I am not an alcoholic"

Incident at parliamentary karaoke night second arrest in two years

The main thing on Mother’s Day is to buy a gift. Not so, says Katy Guest, who has something more precious in mind

The Emperor's New Clothes (10/03/13)

The main thing on Mother's Day is to buy a gift. Not so, says Katy Guest, who has something more precious in mind

Olympian Oscar Pistorius stands following his bail hearing, as his brother Carl, centre, and father Henke look on

Oscar Pistorius set to fight stringent bail conditions

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will fight the stringent bail conditions set after he was charged with murdering his girlfriend, his defence team says.

Date set for Queen's Speech

The Queen's Speech will be on Wednesday May 8, Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said today.

A nation of 'secret boozers': English people underestimate how much alcohol they drink

Studies show self-reported alcohol consumption accounts for only 40 to 60 per cent of sales

Going Barmy, by Paul Winslow

With the possible exception of Geoffrey Boycott, nothing seems to polarise opinion among English cricket supporters quite like the Barmy Army.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee