Corruption probe is launched into Nicholas Sarkozy amid claims he took 40m from Colonel Gaddafi to fund election campaign

Nicholas Sarkozy in corruption probe amid claims he took 40MILLION from Colonel Gaddafi to fund election campaignFrench law bans candidates from receiving cash payments above 6,300Claims donations were laundered through banks in Panama and SwitzerlandSarkozy called Gaddafi 'Brother Leader' at controversial visit to Paris in 2007Former president may have accepted 40million in under-the-table kickbacks By Matt Blake and Peter Allen PUBLISHED: 11:10 GMT, 19 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:29 GMT, 20 April 2013 Former French president Nicholas Sarkozy is to be formally investigated amid claims he accepted 40million in under-the-table kickbacks from Colonel Gaddafi during his 2007 election campaign, it was revealed today. An official at the public prosecutor’s office said an inquiry had been opened after allegations by French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine, himself under investigation over arms sales to Pakistan in the 1990s. Mr Sarkozy, 58, faces a range of charges including bribery and corruption, forgery, misuse of corporate assets and influence peddling, according to a judicial source.

EU demands access to British police files: Forces will be ordered to hand over documents on investigations or face fines

EU demands access to British police files: Forces will be ordered to hand over documents on investigations or face finesThe EU’s crime intelligence agency would be allowed access to private filesEuropol could insist chief constables disclose evidence from criminal casesThis could include witness statements, DNA samples and fingerprints By Ian Drury PUBLISHED: 23:45 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:33 GMT, 19 April 2013 British police forces will be forced to hand sensitive details of criminal investigations to Brussels or risk a massive fine. In a controversial move, the European Union’s crime intelligence agency would be allowed to demand access to private police files. Europol could insist chief constables disclose evidence from criminal cases, witness statements, DNA samples, fingerprints and other data

Duchess of Cambridge row: Hilary Mantel criticised for calling Kate "plastic princess" says it was taken out of context

'I have no regrets': Prize-winning author criticised for branding the Duchess of Cambridge a 'plastic princess' insists her words were taken out of context Hilary Mantel likened Duchess to a 'shop-window mannequin' in speechDavid Cameron among those to rush to Kate Middleton's defenceAcclaimed author has insisted she has 'nothing to apologise for'Mantel said context of speech was twisted to set her up as a hate figure By Kerry Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 01:57 GMT, 8 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:56 GMT, 8 March 2013 The award-winning novelist who likened the Duchess of Cambridge to a 'shop-window mannequin' whose sole purpose is to breed has defended her comments, insisting she has 'absolutely nothing to apologise for'. Double Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel made headlines last month when she appeared to criticise Kate as having no personality, describing her as 'gloss-varnished' with a perfect plastic smile during a lecture at the British Museum. But in an interview on BBC Radio 3’s Night Waves programme last night, she said that her words had been taken out of context, and that she had 'absolutely no regrets' about her controversial speech

"Must never shy away from the controversial": BBC launches search for next Newsnight editor in wake of Savile scandal (with some good…

'Must never shy away from the controversial': BBC launches search for next Newsnight editor in wake of Savile scandal (with some good advice)Job advert posted on BBC website for successor to Peter RipponFormer head stood down following decision to drop Jimmy Savile probeCorporation also recruiting a Head of News Programmes By Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 14:01 GMT, 12 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:05 GMT, 12 January 2013 The BBC has posted a job advert to find the next editor of Newsnight after the controversial decision to drop a probe into claims of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile cost the previous boss his job. Peter Rippon, who took over at Newsnight in 2008, stood aside when his explanation in a blog about why the investigation was pulled was criticised for inaccuracies and had to be corrected.

Congressional aide says Obama to name former Senator Hagel for defense secretary

Congressional aide says Obama to name former Senator Hagel for defense secretaryRepublican senators voice opposition to nomination of former colleagueHagel will likely face questions over his 'anti-Israel' views'He would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward Israel in our nation's history' By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 17:16 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:46 GMT, 7 January 2013 President Barack Obama will today nominate the controversial former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be his defense secretary, a congressional Democratic aide has revealed.

The real priority is to keep families together

The real priority is to keep families together | UPDATED: 23:26 GMT, 26 December 2012 As a rule, judges should keep well clear of the political arena. But when a man sees as much as the High Court’s Sir Paul Coleridge of the devastation caused by family breakdown, it is easy to understand why he feels a duty to speak out.

Now 40 Tories warn: Reform the snoopers" charter or we"ll stage a full-scale revolt

Now 40 Tories warn: Reform the snoopers' charter or we'll stage a full-scale revolt | UPDATED: 01:58 GMT, 21 December 2012 Controversial plans for a ‘snoopers’ charter’ were in turmoil last night after 40 Tory MPs threatened a full-scale revolt. They are demanding major changes to the Communications Bill, which currently would allow the monitoring of the public’s every phone call, email and internet click

Calls for Silvio Berlusconi to be jailed for a year for "passing on wire-tapped phonecall details"

Prosecutors call for Silvio Berlusconi to be jailed for one year for ‘passing on wire-tapped phonecall details’Prosecutors are seeking a one-year jail sentence for Italy's former PM Berlusconi is accused of revealing confidential details of an investigation into a financial scandal to a newspaper owned by his family | UPDATED: 07:51 GMT, 21 December 2012 Italian prosecutors are seeking a jail sentence for the country's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for allegedly revealing confidential information about an investigation into a financial scandal. The case relates to a judicial inquiry into an attempt by insurer Unipol to take over bank BNL, now owned by BNP Paribas, in 2005. Berlusconi is accused of obtaining details of a wire-tapped phone conversation about the deal and passing them to Il Giornale, the newspaper owned by his brother Paolo.

Ditch free-for-all on extensions that will set neighbour against neighbour, say MPs

Ditch free-for-all on extensions that will set neighbour against neighbour, say MPsThree-year relaxation of rules is designed to boost construction industryMPs called for Government to 'go back to the drawing board'Warned greater size of extensions will risk creating unsightly buildings | UPDATED: 01:46 GMT, 20 December 2012 David Cameron’s plans to allow large extensions in back gardens could set neighbour against neighbour and blight entire districts, MPs said last night. The controversial proposals, announced in September, would allow 26-foot extensions to be built without planning permission.

We want exemption on gay marriage too say angry Muslims as they attack Government"s plans

We want exemption on gay marriage too: Angry Muslims demand government treats them the same as Church of England | UPDATED: 01:04 GMT, 18 December 2012 Muslim leaders yesterday criticised controversial plans to allow gay marriages – and demanded they should have the same legal exemption as the Church of England. The Muslim Council of Britain, which represents 500 mosques and community organisations, claimed the law was ‘utterly discriminatory’ and said they were ‘appalled’ by it