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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

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Edward Snowden: 'US will say I aided our enemies,' says NSA whistleblower in newly released video interview

Edward Snowden, the 30-year-old wanted by American authorities for leaking information about classified US surveillance programs, predicted he would be seen in violation of the Espionage Act and that the “US government will say I aided our enemies”.

Campaigners criticise 'cynical rebranding exercise' as plans for creation of Independent Press Standards Organisation are revealed

Leveson: Newspapers and magazines reveal 'Independent Press Standards Organisation'

Claiming to deliver 'key recommendations', IPSO will not need the underpinning of a royal charter to impose £1m fines

Kier's £221m maintenance deal reaches completion

Kier, the construction group that brought King's Cross station's Grade I-listed barrel-vaulted roof back to life, completes its £221m acquisition of pothole repair-to-rubbish truck maintenance firm May Gurney today.

Missouri is one of four states with the gas chamber as an alternative for executions.

Missouri threatens return of gas chambers for death row inmates as lethal injection supplies reach sell-by dates

State’s attorney general looks to 'alternative methods'

Barclay brothers claim 'total victory' in the hotels war

The billionaire Barclay brothers yesterday declared "complete and total" victory in their long-running £1.1bn legal battle over the ownership of three of London's most prestigious hotels.

Elsa Salama, whose teacher father Tamer Salama is back in jail for refusing to to tell his ex-wife where their six-year-old daughter is living

'Cruel beyond imagination': Father back in jail for refusing to tell mother where daughter is living

Egyptian Tamer Salama removed Elsa Salama from care of English mother while all three were visiting Egypt, High Court told

Human rights groups condemn ‘political trial’ in UAE

Sixty-one convicted coup plotters received jail terms of up to 10 years in the United Arab Emirates after a trial that targeted Islamists and drew criticism from human rights groups.

Ireland edges towards abortion reform

Ireland appears on course to legalise abortion in extremely restricted circumstances after lawmakers voted tonight to support a bill that would permit pregnancies to be terminated when deemed necessary to save the mother’s life.

Raffaele Sollecito speaks out after he and Amanda Knox are told they face re-trial in Florence over Meredith Kercher's murder

Sollecito: Kercher was 'the first victim of these hideous facts, but we are other victims'

California couple Kris Perry and Sandy Stier who took gay marriage ban to court get married just an hour after legal ruling

The lead plaintiffs in the US Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years.

Classroom assistants and nursery nurses win equal pay fight

More than 200 classroom assistants and nursery nurses won a vital battle in their fight for equal pay yesterday when the Supreme Court ruled they could fairly be compared to male manual workers such as refuse collectors.

From the military to the NHS - maybe a compensation culture is just what we need

Negligence lawyers are not so ghoulish as popular imagination makes out

Baroness Hale of Richmond becomes first female Deputy President of the Supreme Court

The first female Deputy President of the Supreme Court has been announced with the appointment of Baroness Hale of Richmond.

Shebby Singh: Club's 'global adviser' likely to be replaced by someone from within football

Blackburn Rovers set to axe 'global adviser' Shebby Singh as club finally gets serious

In the last three months Singh's only presence at the club was his one-week flying visit to sack manager Michael Appleton

Marco Pierre White

Marco Pierre White faces up to £0.5m bill after losing court battle over restaurant as judge calls him a ‘dishonest idiot’

Mr Justice Morgan questioned chef's 'intelligence' in bringing the claim

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