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Neither of the former lovers are expected to be in the court in Florence, but if found guilty again, another appeal is bound to follow

Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court

Senior judges criticise Government's use of secret courts

Judges also lifted 'arbitrary and irrational' sanctions imposed against Iranian Bank Mellat

The arrival of a large Tesco store will 'severely damage' Margate's prospects for attracting more visitors, says local businesswoman, Louise Oldfield

Margate residents appeal against giant new Tesco

Retail expert Mary Portas 'devastated' by the decision to give the store the go-ahead

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Supreme Court ruling that soldiers have the right to life even in war zones will have major ramifications for MoD

Relatives of three men killed by roadside bombs while in Snatch Land Rovers can pursue damages under the Human Rights Act

China executes former top official for raping 11 girls

Authorities in central China executed a former Communist Party official for raping 11 underage girls, state media said today, following an online uproar about the latest case of abuse of power.

Adrian Bayley was on parole after serving eight years for raping five women when he killed Jill Meagher

Serial rapist Adrian Bayley jailed for life in Melbourne over murder of Irish woman Jill Meagher

Bayley was on parole after serving eight years for raping five women when he killed the 29-year-old

Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court

Legal profession must do more to improve ethnic diversity, says Supreme Court president

But some progress had been made in addressing gender inequality, he says

Left-wing opposition leader Alexis Tsipras has demanded elections

Greek coalition averts collapse over closure of state broadcaster but court order ERT back on air

Greece’s governing coalition avoided collapse on Monday night in the wake of a dispute over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s decision to close the state television broadcaster.

Victory for Nigerian oil tycoon Michael Prest's wife as 'cheats' charter' overturned in landmark Supreme Court divorce case

Millionaires will not be able to use their businesses to shield their wealth from their spouses

The site of the former Elm Guest House in Barnes. Two men have been arrested in connection with child abuse allegations relating to a guest house in south London during the 1980s

Police reveal scale of Elm Guest House investigation into alleged paedophile ring

Scotland Yard is pursuing more than 300 lines of inquiry in its investigation into allegations that a VIP paedophile ring abused children in care during the 1980s.

Yasmin Prest, who will get a final answer from the courts this week

A fair split, or a 'charter for cheats'? Supreme Court to rule in landmark divorce case

Terri Judd reports on a mega-rich divorce case with far-reaching repercussians for UK courts

Man jailed for 30 months for sex assault on four-year-old boy in supermarket toilet

A man has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for sexually assaulting a four-year-old boy in a supermarket toilet.

Cardiff hit-and-run killer detained in secure hospital indefinitely

A paranoid schizophrenic who ran down and killed a mother of three in a hit-and-run frenzy aimed at killing many more has been detained in a secure hospital indefinitely.

Coffins containing remains from a mass grave in Nyamirambo, Rwanda

Men facing extradition over Rwandan genocide face 'most serious charges'

Date for the full extradition hearing set for October

More than six years after Politkovskaya (right) was shot at her Moscow apartment building, Rustam Makhmudov (left), the suspected killer, two of his brothers and two other defendants, including his uncle, face murder charges for the second time

Anna Politkovskaya murder trial is rerun six years after fatal shooting of anti-corruption journalist

Russia began a second bid to convict the suspected killers of prominent Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya at a pre-trial hearing on Monday, but her family said the question of who ordered the murder was unlikely to emerge from the case.

Stefan Millar and Johnathan MacKinnon

Johnathan MacKinnon and Stefan Millar found guilty of first murder in Scotland's Outer Hebrides since 1968

Attack started in row over a stolen bottle of Paco Rabanne aftershave

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