Call for Kurdish independence vote

Iraq's top Kurdish leader has called on politicians in his northern region's parliament to take the necessary steps toward holding a referendum on independence. Massoud Barzani told the region's legislature in a speech to set...

Library steps back in NHS data row

The House of Commons Library has stepped back from a major row with Downing Street after heavily criticising David Cameron's use of NHS statistics. Analysis released by the respected research unit dismissed the Prime Minister's...

Israeli military moves forces to Gaza border

The Israeli military has rushed additional forces to its southern border with the Gaza Strip, vowing to halt a growing wave of rocket fire from the Palestinian territory. The move came as new clashes erupted...

The Honourable Woman: a far cry from Homeland’s Carrie

For those who accuse British TV of lacking ambition, The Honourable Woman may come as a riposte. Crammed with talent and filmed on location in London and the Middle East, BBC2's eight-part drama series...

Drugs Mafia used couriers wearing body suits stuffed with heroin

(London - NCA) Investigators from the National Crime Agency have dismantled a well-established international network of heroin traffickers. Tahir Mahmood, aged 53, from Stourbridge, controlled multiple couriers in Spain who imported large quantities of heroin...

Fraudster jailed for 8 years

By Shahid Qureshi (London - NCA) A calculating fraudster, known as ‘Fizzy’ because of his champagne-fuelled lifestyle, has today been found guilty at the Old Bailey of conning elderly and vulnerable victims out of vast...

Britain condemns the murder of Palestinian teenager

(London) The Foreign Secretary William Hague said: I condemn the appalling murder of a Palestinian teenager from occupied East Jerusalem early this morning. It is vital that the people responsible for this crime are held...

Iran Talks: ‘test the possibility to the full’

By Shahd Qureshi (London) As 20 July deadline approaches, Foreign Secretary William Hague says a deal is far from certain but final round of talks must test the possibility to the full. The E3+3 (UK, US,...

Unions step up calls on trade deal

Unions are stepping up calls on the Government to stop a major trade deal going ahead which they warn threatens to make privatisation of NHS services "irreversible". Unite claimed that the deal between the European...

Labour plans body for big projects

Labour will establish an independent National Infrastructure Commission if it returns to power, with the aim of ending a culture of "chronic short-termism" which Ed Miliband believes has left the UK lagging behind in...