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

White House and Republicans strike an agreement on fiscal cliff – but will it come to a vote before midnight?

We have a deal! White House and Republicans strike an agreement on fiscal cliff – but will it come to a vote before midnight | UPDATED: 03:53 GMT, 1 January 2013 With just three hours to go before the start of 2013, the White House and congressional Republicans have struck a deal to avoid falling over the looming fiscal cliff. These officials said a New Year's Eve vote in the Senate to ratify the deal was possible later in the evening, barring opposition from majority Democrats. There was no immediate confirmation from aides to the top Republicans in Congress, Sen Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner.

Syria rebels "beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs" as fears grow over Islamist atrocities

Syria rebels 'beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs' as fears grow over Islamist atrocitiesChristian Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped and beheaded by rebel fighters in northern town of Ras Al-Ayn on the Turkish borderNews came as pro-government forces celebrated their victory against rebels near Aleppo Airport | UPDATED: 00:41 GMT, 31 December 2012 Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists. The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits. She said his headless corpse was found by the side of the road, surrounded by hungry dogs.

Britain spending more on benefits than Scandinavians with 7 out of 10 children living in a home receiving handouts

Britain spending more on benefits than Scandinavians with 7 out of 10 children living in a home receiving handoutsAround 2.1 million children live in a home where no adult is workingLess-well off have become enslaved to state benefits, study says | UPDATED: 22:10 GMT, 21 December 2012 Britain pays out more on welfare than high spending social democratic nations in Scandinavia, according to a think-tank. Nearly seven out of ten children now live in a home that receives at least one cash handout other than child benefit, says the hard-hitting study by the Institute for Economic Affairs. And some 17 per cent of children – around 2.1 million – live in a home where no adult is working ‘easily the highest rate in Europe’.

Egypt"s president Mohammed Morsi raises barricades around palace in preparations for fresh protests

Egypt's president Mohammed Morsi raises barricades around palace in preparations for fresh protests against constitution referendumPresident build third concrete wall to protect the palace from protestorsHundreds marched on the palace in Cairo today despite Morsi rescinding his 'pharaoh' power which made his decisions immune from courtsProtestors want President Morsi to delay referendum on draft constitution | UPDATED: 20:16 GMT, 9 December 2012 Egyptian army officers were seen constructing the third line of the hastily erected barricades around the presidential palace of leader Mohammed Morsi today. The security measures followed threats of protests against President's Morsi's decision not to delay the referendum on his controversial draft constitution, set to be held next Saturday

Britain halts 21million in aid to Rwanda amid fears it is bankrolling military help for rebels in Congo

At last Britain halts 21million in aid to Rwanda amid fears it is bankrolling military help for violent rebels in Congo International Development Justine Greening announces she will not hand the money over next monthHer predecessor Andrew Mitchell reinstated aid in his last day in the job despite UN warningsOnly last month David Cameron defended giving aid to controversial Rwandan President Paul Kagame | UPDATED: 01:12 GMT, 1 December 2012 International Development Secretary Justine Greening halted more aid going to Rwanda Britain yesterday halted 21million in aid payments to Rwanda over human rights concerns. The surprise move comes only a few weeks after David Cameron called the African country a ‘continuing success story’. Announcing the policy U-turn, Justine Greening said there was ‘credible and compelling’ evidence that Rwanda was arming a violent revolt in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Majority of Brits want assisted suicide legalised, new poll reveals

Majority of Brits want assisted suicide legalised as new poll reveals strong support for change in the law across Europe Survey shows majority support for 'right to die' legislation in 12 European countriesSeventy one per cent of Brits want assisted dying to be legally permitted Swiss body behind poll says results show current laws do not reflect public opinion | UPDATED: 16:34 GMT, 30 November 2012 Nearly three quarters of British people are in favour of legalising assisted suicide according to a new poll – which shows strong support for a change in the law across Europe. The survey, carried out on behalf of the Swiss Medical Lawyers Association (SMLA), found large majorities in the 12 west European countries involved supported the right of people to choose when and how they die