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Woolwich attacks: Suspect's family expresses 'profound shame and distress' over soldier's murder

Relatives of the Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo yesterday expressed their “heartfelt condolence” to the family of the soldier victim – insisting there was no place for violence in the name of religion.

Vicky Pryce is moved to open jail

Vicky Pryce has been moved to an open jail after spending only four nights in Holloway prison, it was reported today. The ex-wife of the former minister Chris Huhne was jailed for eight months last week after a jury found her guilty of perverting the course of justice over his speeding offence.

How good is a teacher? Check the exam results

Improved test scores are a far better measure of success than student surveys

Boy stabbed to death in Wandsworth is named as Peter Hagan

A 16-year-old boy found fatally stabbed in a stairwell of a block of flats after a party was been named by police.

Undergraduate degrees may soon not be enough to 'stand out'

A degree may no longer be enough for graduates who want to stand out in the job market, according to new research.

Elderly woman 'died in agony' after being left without care in her home for nine days

An elderly woman who died after she was left without care in her own home for nine days must have been in "agony", a friend said today.

(Clockwise from top) The scene in Vauxhall; the pilot Peter Barnes; the damaged crane

Helicopter pilot diverted due to bad weather prior to Vauxhall crash, inquest hears

The pilot who died in a helicopter crash in central London had been diverted because of bad weather before his aircraft clipped a crane and then plunged to the ground, an inquest was told today.

Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood said he told Mr Cameron that CCTV footage showed

Plebgate may have been a ‘gigantic conspiracy’, admits man who let it lie

MPs give top civil servant Sir Jeremy Heywood a rough ride over Mitchell inquiry ordered by PM

A motorist drives his car through flood waters in Chichester, West Sussex

Respite, then more rain will hit UK

Communities threatened by floodwaters will enjoy some respite today before rain returns to lash the UK during a washout weekend.

The head of the Met Police Federation, John Tully, called for Andrew Mitchell’s resignation

How police rank-and-file spied their chance to settle some political scores

The resignation of Andrew Mitchell was a rare victory for the Police Federation, which had been repeatedly rebuffed throughout 2012 during its battles against government reforms of pay and pensions.

Great Britain's men crashed out of team pursuit qualifying in the opening event of the Track World Cup in Glasgow.

Barker steps up in style to rouse British spirits in opening day at Glasgow's Sir Chris Hoy velodrome

Britain are up and running at Chris Hoy's place. Opening day in the velodrome named after Scotland's greatest Olympian did not all go according to plan but come the end of the first night of the Track World Cup meeting another healthy treasure chest of British bullion had been stocked.

Olympics chief Paul Deighton takes seat in House of Lords

London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton took his seat in the House of Lords today.

'Resist EU's bid to restrict high-frequency trading'

European plans to restrict high-frequency trading (HFT) – the computer-driven, millisecond dealing in shares – should be resisted, according to a UK government-sponsored report.

'Resist EU's bid to restrict HFT'

European plans to restrict high-frequency trading – the computer-driven, millisecond dealing in shares – should be resisted, according to a Government-sponsored report.

Andrew Mitchell's refusal to admit that he had used the word “pleb” led the federation to demand his resignation

'Draw a line' under Andrew Mitchell row, says 1922 Committee's John Whittingdale

A senior Conservative backbencher today said he hoped chief whip Andrew Mitchell will be able to “draw a line” under the row over his clash with police.

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