Fewer foreign nationals are being removed from prisons now than four years ago, the Government's spending watchdog has warned.
Almost two children a day are being abducted by a parent in the UK and taken abroad, the Government has said.
An inquest into the death of a young film-maker who was making a documentary about sleeping rough will be held today.
Former Treasury Minister Lord Myners has been appointed to the board of The Co-operative Group and will head up its review into how the troubled business is run.
Homeland actor Damian Lewis has apologised to Lord Of The Rings star Sir Ian McKellen after saying he did not want to end up a "fruity actor" who is known for playing wizards.
Politicians in Westminster will celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela today as a music-filled service to remember the anti-apartheid hero is held in Parliament.
Sex-offending celebrities could see their public image used against them when being punished as part of an overhaul of decade-old sentencing guidance for judges.
George Osborne will be grilled today on the fine print of his Autumn Statement as members of the powerful Treasury Committee pick over his claims that the Government's economic plan is working.
Inspectors have uncovered a catalogue of failings at some GP practices, with medicines stored in a way that puts children and patients at risk of infection and rooms so dirty they had maggots.
MPs deserve a "one-off uplift" in their salaries, the head of the watchdog responsible for their pay and perks has insisted ahead of the publication of plans expected to set out an 11% rise.
The Royal Air Force has delivered military equipment to French forces in the troubled capital of the Central African Republic, the Ministry of Defence has said.
Genes are a bigger influence on GCSE exam results than teachers, schools or the family, new research has shown.
The taxpayer is losing a "staggering" £55 billion a year due to fraud, error and unpaid taxes, MPs have warned.
A new drug for a debilitating form of spinal arthritis is to be made freely available on the NHS for the first 12 weeks of treatment under a deal struck with its manufacturer.
A royal baby, a raunchy dance, a new pope, a boy band and the crowning of a tennis champion were just some of the hot topics of conversation this year on Twitter.
The UK downturn is finally expected to be left behind next year as the size of the economy surpasses its pre-recession peak, according to a new forecast upgrading prospects for growth.
Doctors caring for people in a coma or vegetative state have been issued new guidelines to help them decide on the best course of treatment.
A man has died after being found injured on a university campus, police have said.
One of the personal assistants accused of defrauding Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi was "cagey" and "secretive" about where she got her designer clothes and spent most of the time at work on Facebook, a court has heard.
A combination of two drugs is highly effective at keeping some women with breast cancer free of the disease, say researchers.
A High Court judge today gave doctors permission to perform a caesarean section on a pregnant mentally-ill woman against her wishes if the need arose.
Thick fog has caused scores of flight cancellations with poor visibility lasting for most of the day in London and parts of south east England.
An upmarket London gallery has been targeted by art-savvy thieves who made off with more than £30,000 worth of work by Turner Prize winner Damien Hirst, its manager has said.
A killer who strangled his ex-partner and her baby son before using text messages and Facebook to announce what he had done has been jailed for life with a minimum of 29 years.
Children as young as five have been excluded from schools for serious sexual abuse, watching pornography and sharing inappropriate images of themselves.
A couple who want to marry in a Church of Scientology chapel are planning their wedding after winning a "human rights" fight in the UK's highest court.
A viral comic video about how animals eat their food has topped this year's YouTube most viewed in the UK.
Ed Miliband has called for an urgent meeting with David Cameron, Nick Clegg and the chairman of the watchdog responsible for MPs' pay and perks to prevent an "unacceptable" 11% pay rise.
A man has walked free from court on a breach of bail charge after reportedly setting off his electronic tag while collecting Christmas decorations from his loft.
Bill Foulkes will "stand proud" alongside the footballing greats of Manchester United, Sir Bobby Charlton told mourners at his funeral today.
A teenager who stabbed his grandmother to death and seriously injured his grandfather as they lay in bed will claim he was suffering a psychotic episode at the time due to his use of the drug M-Cat, a prosecutor has told a jury.
A key Bank of England policymaker has broken ranks with governor Mark Carney by expressing doubts about the effectiveness of its flagship low-interest rate policy on encouraging growth.
A police call-handler fed secret information to her boyfriend during the massive manhunt for his friend Dale Cregan, a court heard today.
TV star Helen Flanagan filled her own stockings today as she became Miss Santa to campaign against animal cruelty.
Scrapping national curriculum tests for seven and 14-year-olds was a "mistake", Sir Michael Wilshaw said today as he called for them to be reinstated.
David Cameron is calling for Britain to take a worldwide lead in dementia research with a doubling of investment by government and the private sector.
Tests are being carried out to discover whether human remains found in Russia are those of missing sailors from a trawler which sank in 1974.
Household spending on housing, fuel and power has overtaken transport for the first time in recent years, figures show.
The BBC has ordered a shake-up of the way it is run after a review found its governing structure was "too complicated" and made it difficult to to identify who was " responsible when things go wrong".
Downing Street has played down criticisms of David Cameron for posing for a "selfie" photograph during the memorial service to Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
Kate Winslet is "doing great" after giving birth to a baby boy on Saturday, according to a spokeswoman for the star.
An oil trader who was sacked because he was said to be not in a fit state after a heavy night out in Singapore has lost his damages action for wrongful dismissal.
The story of England's education system is "a tale of two nations", Ofsted warned today.
Fussy customers who reject m isshapen fruit and vegetables need to be educated about food waste, Tesco has told MPs.
Nelson Mandela's coffin has arrived at South Africa's main seat of power for public viewing.
David Cameron has revealed he keeps a "little black book" of policies blocked by the Liberal Democrats which he plans to implement if Conservatives win the next general election outright.
Downton Abbey star Jim Carter, who plays Mr Carson the butler in the hit period drama, has hit out at the "old Etonians" who he says are still running the country.
An investigation into the deaths of three babies and a mother at a scandal-hit hospital has uncovered serious failings in midwifery care and follow-ups into what happened.
Barclays is to end its sponsorship of the so-called Boris Bikes, introduced by London Mayor Boris Johnson to the capital in 2010.
Community sentences will now have to contain a specific element of punishment, such as a fine or unpaid work, the Government has announced.
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