New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police

Police for hire: Judge hits out at Met's agreement to aid Virgin Media in a private prosecution

Deal raises fears of 'creeping privatisation' of the police

Charges against three men accused of stealing from waste-bins outside an Iceland store in London have been cleared by the CPS.

Iceland food bin theft case dropped by CPS

The men were accused of stealing food reportedly totalling to £33 out of Iceland bins last year

Iranian Teacher Ali Mohammadian with 8-year-old Mahan Rahimi, in a photo taken before Mahan's classmates followed their teacher and also shaved their hair.

Iranian teacher who shaved his head in solidarity with an ill pupil who went bald becomes a national hero

Ali Mohammadian noticed his pupil was being bullied, and shaved his head to show his support

The newspaper industry has applied for an injunction against the consideration of a historical Royal Charter on press reform

Phone hacking coverage divides Fleet Street into those who look - and those who look away

Some papers focused on crime, others took a showbiz angle

Iain Duncan Smith blamed civil servants for not giving him the full picture of teething problems of universal credit

Iain Duncan Smith compares being on benefits to slavery and suggests he is acting in tradition of abolitionist

Iain Duncan Smith has suggested being on benefits is a form of slavery and he is like abolitionist William Wilberforce through his introduction of welfare reforms.

The Independent website grew by 7.94 per cent to 29,894,151 unique monthly users

The Independent website records largest growth among newspaper websites

The Independent’s website independent.co.uk enjoyed the largest growth among newspaper websites during December, according to official figures released today.

The offices of the Guardian newspaper in central London

Guardian website blocked in China after it ran a story on the wealth of its rulers' families

China has blocked the websites of The Guardian and other media organisations which published stories about the offshore holdings of relatives of the country’s leading figures.

Ukraine protests: Demonstrators in Kiev receive disturbing mass text

Country's Interior Ministry denies responsibility

Loss-making Guardian papers helped by Auto Trader sale

The owner of The Guardian has collected a £600m-plus windfall from selling its 50.1 per cent stake in the car classifieds brand Auto Trader to the private-equity firm Apax Partners.

Daily Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher steps down in shock departure

Daily Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher has left his job in a shock departure after nearly five years in the role.

Two horrific images showing men tortured by strangulation in Syria

Torture in Syria: Photos may be proof of 'industrial-scale killing' carried out by Assad regime

Images leaked by defector whose job was to 'take pictures of killed detainees'

Mourners visit the home of Margaret Thatcher in April 2013; her Belgravia house will go on sale after major refurbishment

Baroness Thatcher’s £12m Belgravia house to go on sale after major refurbishment

A development company has bought the property and is getting it ready to sell on

A view inside Barcelona's stadium the Nou Camp

Ashes to Alves! Barcelona reveal plans to bury 30,000 fans under the Nou Camp

The idea of a mausoleum comes following requests from supporters

The secret 'Dishfire' system can read hundreds of millions of text messages from around the world

NSA leaks: British spies were given access to US 'Dishfire' system that reads hundreds of millions of texts from around the world

The NSA has to delete innocent texts involving Americans from the system but there is no requirement to do so for foreign phone numbers

Aubrey was mauled by an Alsatian let loose by a police officer while she was hiding from armed burglars in her home

Police apologise to Bafta-winning actress Juliet Aubrey over Alsatian attack

"Middlemarch" actress left "drenched in blood" after being bitten three times

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