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Soldier’s alleged murderer tells court: ‘We did not wish to give him much pain... he was still alive’

Sex charge support officer fell 'well short' of police standards

A police community support officer (PCSO) who persuaded a 12-year-old girl to perform sex acts on a webcam had "fallen well short" of professional standards, police said today.

Man jailed for life for shop shooting

A 20-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison today for the murder of a teenager shot dead in a shop, Scotland Yard said.

Vainikolo GBH charges dropped

England rugby star Lesley Vainikolo today had charges of causing grievous bodily harm dropped.

Woolwich lowers mortgage rate

The Woolwich today became the second lender in two weeks to launch a mortgage with a rate of less than 2 per cent.

Jury out in rugby player assault trial

The jury in the trial of England rugby star Lesley Vainikolo - who fractured a fan's skull on a players' night out - retired to consider its verdict today.

'Most wanted' man arrested after six years

One of Scotland Yard's most wanted men has been arrested in Holland six years after escaping from a prison van, police said today.

New scanners could ease liquid restrictions on planes

Hi-tech scanners which could lead to the end of flight restrictions on passengers carrying liquids could cost as little as £30,000 each, their developer said today.

Will HSBC start a mortgage war?

The bank's new 1.99 per cent rate is an eyecatcher, but Chiara Cavaglieri wonders whether it will breathe life into a shaky market

Jane Macdonald: Nurse and campaigner who fought for the right to die with dignity

In a letter urging Independent readers to support the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill Jane Macdonald wrote in 2006: "This isn't about doctors or God: it is about patients... Until recently, I had breast cancer with bone secondaries that caused me a great deal of pain, despite partial control with strong pain-killers. Thankfully my cancer is in remission following treatment, although I still experience some pain. I also have multiple sclerosis... As a nurse I am aware that, despite the best medical care and the finest hospices, there is a chance of dying in pain and distress with a loss of my personal dignity. I would like the opportunity to choose the time and place of my death if life becomes unbearable."

Terror trial doctor can stay in Britain

The Government is no longer seeking to deport a doctor who was accused of involvement in the London and Glasgow bomb plots.

Jealous man guilty of murdering stepson, 15

A pathologically jealous man who stabbed his 15-year-old stepson to death was today found guilty of his murder.

Ticket prices for 2012 will exceed bottom-line pledge

London 2012 organisers insist tickets for the Olympics will be "highly affordable", but admit they cannot guarantee to honour their initial pledge to make the cheapest available for just £15.

Couple face retrial on child murder charge

A couple accused of starving a seven-year-old girl to death are to face a retrial after the jury trying them was discharged today.

First trial to be heard without jury approved

Four men accused of an armed robbery at Heathrow five years ago will be tried without a jury in a case which will make legal history.

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Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

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How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

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