Terrorism Act incompatible with human rights, court rules in David Miranda case

Appeal court says detention of Miranda was lawful but clause under which he was held is incompatible with European human rights convention

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Revealed: Reagan told Margaret Thatcher to read Tom Clancy thriller to prep for Soviet arms summit

Newly released National Archive files reveal late PM failed to declare diamond and emerald gifts and how the US president prepared for a cold war arms summit

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American Bar Association president: Black Americans face an inherently biased legal system

African-American citizens are being failed by the US criminal justice system because of ingrained racial bias in the way suspects are treated, according to the head of the United States’s largest legal professional body.

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British lawyers urge international criminal court to investigate crimes in Gaza

Senior British lawyers have written to the international criminal court (ICC) in The Hague, urging it to investigate "crimes" committed in Gaza, including the destruction of homes, hospitals and schools.

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Report: Passage of anti-LGBT laws in Uganda led to ten-fold increase in attacks

Uganda has suffered an alarming rise in attacks on gay and lesbian people since it passed an anti-homosexuality law late last year, research has found.

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United Kingdom accepts atheism as grounds for asylum for Afghan

An Afghan man is believed to have become the first atheist to be granted asylum in the UK on the basis of his views on religion.

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Margaret Thatcher's courting of Mikhail Gorbachev revealed in top secret file

Gorbachev's first official visit to UK in 1984 seen as opportunity to 'get inside minds' of next generation of Soviet leaders

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United Nations investigation finds U.S. drone strikes have violated international law

A United Nations investigation has so far identified 33 drone strikes around the world that have resulted in civilian casualties and may have violated international humanitarian law.

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Outer space demilitarization agreement threatened by new technologies

Security experts warn weaknesses in treaties and exploitation of GPS are compromising the prohibition against space weapons

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Britain considers life in prison for owners of 'killer dogs'

Government launches online consultation to determine whether there is public support for increase in maximum penalty

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UN presses Vatican to release confidential files on child sex abuse

UN committee's 'list of issues' will present Pope Francis with direct challenge to disclose whether secret deals were made to preserve church's reputation

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Torture survivor leads Chileans' battle for justice over Pinochet abuses

Leopoldo García Lucero carries a disfiguring zigzag scar above his left eye where a police officer lacerated his face with the stock of a machine gun. The injury was inflicted nearly 40 years ago in the blood-stained basement of a Santiago police station during the military coup in Chile that toppled President Salvador Allende.

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Reports of forced feeding puts pressure on Obama to close Guantanamo

Controversy over the Guantánamo Bay detention camp has intensified as United Nations experts condemned the force-feeding of hunger-striking inmates by the US, and a former White House lawyer claimed that drone strikes are being used an alternative to detaining al-Qaida suspects.

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Human rights court blocks extradition of U.K.-based terror suspect to U.S.

Extraditing a UK-based terror suspect to an American "supermax" high security prison would constitute "inhuman or degrading treatment", the European court of human rights (ECHR) has ruled.

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Gay asylum seekers in UK feel more pressure to prove sexuality: experts

Assessment changes by UK Border Agency has led immigrants fleeing persecution to even show film of themselves having sex

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