News Amanda Knox in Seattle, US. Ms Knox is not expected to return to Italy for the trial

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

Supporters of former Maldivian president and presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed staged a protest in Male recently

Maldives to finally hold election after two failed attempts as archipelago island nation rocked by series of crises

After two failed attempts, the Maldives likely will hold its presidential election on Saturday as the three candidates have agreed on a voters' register, the president said today.

Meredith Kercher trial: Amanda Knox's DNA found on alleged murder weapon but not that of victim, says expert

Result bolsters Knox defence which claims the knife was not the weapon used to kill student

Sport on TV: Muhammad Ali rings the changes after courting controversy

During a week in which we have done little else other than obsess about some kid who doesn't even qualify as a famous Belgian and can't work out what football nation to represent, what a relief to watch a high-quality drama about arguably the greatest sportsman of all, a young man who knew where he was coming from – and lost three years of his career because he stuck to the religious beliefs of the Nation of Islam.

High Court rules sisters must have MMR jab against their and their mother's wishes

The decision came after the father of the girls brought the case to the High Court in September

Prisoners detained for public protection win right to appear before Parole Board

Prisoners should have the right to appear in person before a Parole Board in cases where the fairness of their detention is in question, the Supreme Court has ruled.

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Humiliating defeat for Theresa May in Supreme Court appeal over 'stateless' former terror suspect stripped of British citizenship

Former Iraqi refugee Hilal Abdul Razzaq Ali Al-Jedda granted British nationality after fleeing from Saddam Hussein’s regime

B&B owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull: 'penalised for their beliefs'

Christian B&B owners appeal at Supreme Court over sex discrimination case

Peter Bull and wife Hazelmary want the Supreme Court to decide whether their decision to refuse to let civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy stay in a double room constituted sex discrimination

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Peter and Hazelmary Bull outside their Chymorvah Hotel in Marazion, Cornwall

Christian owners of Chymorvah Hotel who refused to allow gay couple to stay in double room take legal fight to Supreme Court

Peter and Hazelmary Bull regard any sex outside marriage as a 'sin' but deny either direct or indirect discrimination

Mark Lundy: The businessman was jailed for the murder of his wife and daughter with a small axe

New Zealand businessman Mark Lundy set for retrial after 12 years in jail as he wins appeal in UK court over murder conviction

Mark Lundy’s conviction for murdering his wife and daughter is ‘unsafe’ given new evidence

Seanad referendum: Enda Kenny 'disappointed' as Government loses vote to abolish Irish parliament's upper house

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is personally disappointed after his Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in a referendum to abolish the country's upper house of parliament.

Curtis Warren is thought to have netted tens of millions of pounds from drug smuggling

Notorious drugs baron Curtis Warren freed – but faces ban on using phone boxes

Trafficker accepts court restrictions because he wants ‘a quiet life’

The Senate committee has recommended Berlusconi be expelled from parliament

Silvio Berlusconi should be expelled from parliament, says Italian Senate committee

Cross-party group voted in favour of barring him from upper chamber

Twice-guilty Nat Fraser loses appeal against murder conviction

Nat Fraser has lost an appeal against his conviction for murdering his wife, raising hopes of an end to 15 years of uncertainty for her family.

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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