News A group of Free Syrian Army fighters carry a wounded comrade to cover; over 16 people have been arrested since the beginning of the year amid rising fears of Britons being linked to fighting in Syria

More than 16 people have been arrested since the beginning of the year amid rising fears of Britons being linked to fighting in Syria, it was reported.

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G4S 'can't get Olympics guards to turn up'

More than 20,000 G4S guards have been accredited to provide security for the Olympics but the firm is unable to get them to turn up at venues, Theresa May said today.

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G4S fiasco could lead to longer Afghan tours for troops, officers warn

Hundreds of British soldiers face being stuck in Afghanistan for weeks longer than they had expected as a result of the G4S scandal, which has seen 3,500 troops drafted in to provide security during the Olympic Games.

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An Iraqi man arrested at Stansted Airport after he helped to hijack an airliner has won the latest round of his 16-year fight to stay in the UK.

Stansted hijacker wins Home Office challenge

An Iraqi man arrested at Stansted Airport after taking part in the hijack of an airliner today won the latest round of a 16-year fight to stay in the UK.

British troops on patrol at the Olympic Park in Stratford yesterday

Mary Dejevsky: National security is not something that should ever be outsourced

When a judge ruled that residents of Fred Wigg Tower in east London would have to put up and shut up over the siting of a missile battery on their roof, justifications included the resonant, almost archaic, "defence of the realm". You can argue until kingdom come whether the Olympics should present a security threat of that order – ministers keep reiterating that they are about sport not security – but after the Black September attack in Munich 40 years ago, and the temptation for the aggrieved to seek spectaculars to rival 9/11, it does not seem unreasonable for any government to treat the Games as a potential target. It would rather be remiss if it did not.

British troops on patrol at the Olympic Park in Stratford yesterday

They left Olympics high and dry – but G4S will not pay penalty

Government confirms no penalty clause in security firm's contract, despite Theresa May's assertions

Gary McKinnon has fought a long battle over extradition to the US

Hacker must undergo another examination

The computer hacker Gary McKinnon, who has spent 10 years fighting extradition to America, will be asked to undergo a final psychiatric examination before the Home Secretary decides on his case.

Theresa May 'close' to decision in Gary McKinnon case

The computer hacker Gary McKinnon, who has spent ten years fighting extradition to America, will be asked to undergo a final psychiatric examination before the Home Secretary decides on his case.

160,000 back student Richard O'Dwyer in legal fight

More than 160,000 people have signed a petition launched by the founder of internet encyclopaedia Wikipedia to block the extradition of a British student to the US on copyright charges.

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Michael Gove is being increasingly talked up as the next Conservative leader while George Osborne's odds lengthen with every Budget U-turn. It is interesting that someone with whom he has worked closely is off to get first-hand experience of fighting high-pressure elections. James Frayne, director of communications in Mr Gove's department, is off to the US to work for the Republican presidential campaign.

Tom Winsor promises 'fearless independence' as he aims to shine a light into 'darkest corners' of policing

The expected new regulator of policing put the Home Secretary on notice today that he would take on the Government as he promised to shine a light into the “darkest corners” of law and order in Britain.

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Taxpayers will face a bill of up to £2.5bn for the so-called “snoopers charter” giving police, the security services and tax officials the power to track emails, website visits and mobile phone calls.

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