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The garden of a British diplomat is believed to have been dug up after his son was arrested on Saturday

7/7 bodies retrieval delayed by problems

A policeman in charge of the 7/7 blast site at Edgware Road today outlined a series of problems that delayed the retrieval of bodies.

Labour 'went too far in trying to hold terror suspects for 90 days'

Labour went too far in trying to bring in a law allowing terror suspects to be held for up to 90 days without charge, the shadow Home Secretary Ed Balls admitted yesterday. Instead of wanting to increase the length of time prisoners could be held for questioning before a court appearance, Mr Balls indicated that Labour is ready to co-operate with the Government in bringing the limit down to 14 days.

Christina Patterson: Just what is the Army for, exactly?

We know we can fight wars to protect sheep farmers on islands 8,000 miles away, though it's not clear why we'd want to

Bill for settling Guantanamo Bay 'torture' cases could top £30m

Compensation payments and legal costs for 16 British citizens and residents who claim they were tortured at Guantanamo Bay could leave the Government footing a bill of up to £30m.

Online child protection chief quits in protest at merger proposals

The head of Britain's online child protection agency has quit over government plans which would curtail the body's independence.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: The forces of hate are still with us

The powerful appear now to be entirely focused on the white working and workless classes. As if there is room for only one injustice in the collective conscience

'They asked me where Bin Laden was, then they took my DNA'

Fears of racial profiling after rise in number of British Muslims held by border officials

Andrew Mitchell: 'Monitoring how aid is spent is as important as the amount we give'

As world leaders prepare for a summit on global poverty, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell meets Nigel Morris

Cori Crider: CIA's victims should not have to fight the system for justice

There is zero political will in the US in favour of an inquiry, or a settlement to CIA torture victims

Every Man in this Village is a Liar, By Megan Stack

There have been plenty of books by journalists about the Iraq and Afghan wars, many by reporters "embedded" with troops. Megan Stack's offering is a different exercise in understanding, and all the better for it. A correspondent for the Los Angeles Times for six years in the Middle East, she records, with great freshness and honesty, the impressions of a young American journalist thrown into war by accident and her efforts to comprehend the world that 9/11 set in motion.

'No anti-terror documents' on lost police memory stick

Anti-terrorism material was not on a lost police memory stick found by a member of the public, senior officers said today.

Anti-terrorism law arrests fail to secure convictions

Just one person in eight arrested under anti-terror laws is eventually found guilty and the proportion was even lower last year, new research has disclosed.

Watchdog bans offensive anti-terror advert

Britain's advertising watchdog has banned an anti-terrorism commercial asking people to watch out for suspicious behavior by their neighbors, including keeping curtains closed and paying for things in cash.

Exclusive: Caught in America's legal black hole

Guantanamo still holds 176 detainees, and one of them is about to stand trial – in a test of Barack Obama's resolve to embrace the rule of law

Blow for academies policy as only 153 schools apply

Fewer than one in 12 of the schools which registered an interest in becoming academies have gone ahead with the plan.

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