News Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, after their wedding on April 29, 2011. Royal wedding protesters lost their court appeal on Wednesday 22 January after they accused the Metropolitan Police of

The 20 individuals had accused the Metropolitan Police of Prince "suppressing anti-monarchist sentiment"

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Britain's most senior law official attacks influence of Court of Human Rights

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David Blunkett: European warrant is fair, but it is open to abuse

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Dangerous Talk, By David Cressy

Aimed at someone else, a finely honed insult is one of life's undoubted pleasures. Even its victim can, in time, value such pungency. As such, any ruler's job description should require a bemused smile. Yet such oratory, through several centuries in England, brought grumblers the loss of ears – or, worse, of neck. As is made clear by David Cressy's study of "scandalous, seditious, and treasonable speech", many a monarch unleashed a bloodbath upon those who had taken it upon themselves to "have their say".

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A veteran Tory MEP declared war on his party this afternoon after losing an appeal against his expulsion.

Michael Smyth CBE: British democracy is the victor

The unanimous judgment by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg that an order to hand over a journalistic document infringed the media's right to free expression is a reminder that media freedoms are about more than a balanced defamation law.

A matter of life and death – Irish abortion law in dock

Three women launch landmark case in Strasbourg that could overturn Ireland's ban on terminations

Album: Schumann/ Dvorak, Piano Concertos (Pentatone)

Martin Helmchen delivers a refreshing performance of Schumann and Dvorak's piano concertos.

A man with a radical new vision for policing

Sir Hugh Orde's approach to dealing with the legacy of sectarianism has lessons for UK

Ribery set to miss Ireland play-off

Midfielder Franck Ribery looks set to miss France's World Cup play-off against Republic of Ireland with a knee injury.

Hacker given more time to fight extradition

Computer hacker Gary McKinnon has been given more time to fight his extradition to the United States, it emerged today.

Hacker refused right to appeal extradition to US

A British man accused of hacking into American military computers has lost the latest round in his battle to escape extradition to the United States.

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