Defence Secretary Philip Hammond believes himself vindicated by the High Court ruling that his Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) is independent.
A look at the causes and possible outcomes of Silvio Berlusconi and his right-wing coalition's lead in the polls.
Attacks such as yesterday's horrific murder in Woolwich didn't happen before the 'war on terror.' It's time we recognised the consequences of the conflicts we've unleashed
THE League Against Cruel Sports warned blood-sport campaigners yesterday that "foxhunting in Britain is now dead," after they lost their second High Court challenge to the ban on hunting in England and Wales.
THE government announced yesterday that it is doubling its official support for the Global Fund to fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.
THE Prison Service revealed yesterday that a 19-year-old prisoner has been found hanged in his cell at Glen Parva young offenders institution.
THE National Union of Journalists celebrated yesterday, after right-wing press baron Rupert Murdoch was forced to acknowledge a strong union chapel at his Sun newspaper.
GENERAL union GMB accused ASDA yesterday of using Scottish workers at its depot in Falkirk to supply the supermarkets in northern England affected by the three-day dispute in the north east.
THE Health and Safety Executive warned that there was a sharp increase in the number of trains passing danger signals on the railways last month.
THE National Offender Management Service confirmed yesterday that Britain's only prison ship HMP Weare, which is berthed at Portland in Dorset, will close on August 12.
THE family of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot dead by police marksmen on the London Underground, accused police yesterday of changing their account of the incident.
FIREFIGHTERS accused the Audit Commission of a fundamental misunderstanding yesterday, following its assessment of England's 47 fire authorities.
UNIONS and green campaigners attacked oil giant Shell's "obscene" half-year profits of Â£5.84 billion yesterday and renewed their demand for a windfall tax to fund company pensions.