article 22 July 2014 UK
Student loan application (Reuters)
Student loans: what went wrong?

MPs call for an urgent review into the student loans system as new estimates suggest 45p in every pound shelled out by the taxpayer will never be repaid. Is the system in crisis?

article 22 July 2014 UK
Every year, more than 20,000 girls are at risk in the UK alone
The numbers behind female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation used to be a taboo topic. Now attempting to put an end to it is on the prime minister's to-do list. But how robust can we be in estimating how many women are affected?

article 22 July 2014 UK, Scotland
Alex Salmond (Reuters)
Mixing politics and sport ahead of the 'friendly games'

As Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond makes his first appearance on the Commonwealth Games stage, the challenge in the coming days may be to keep the attention of the world on the sport.

article 22 July 2014 UK
Left to right: David Davis MP and Tom Watson MP (pictures: Getty)
Two MPs to sue government over data law 'stitch-up'

Two MPs, Tom Watson and David Davis, are to sue the government for introducing "ridiculous" emergency legislation allowing police and security services access to people's phone and internet records.

post 22 July 2014
Read more on Simon Israel's blog Are the police using Tasers too much?

Widespread concerns have been expressed by the police watchdog over the use of Tasers in the past eight years.

article 21 July 2014 UK
Female genital mutilation (FGM) survey
Females at risk of FGM 'has nearly doubled' since 2001

On the eve of a major summit in London, a new study reveals the number of females in England and Wales at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) has risen to 137,000 since 2001.

video 21 July 2014 UK, Israel

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Regev: Israel's goal is peace and quiet for Israelis - video

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev calls Hamas the antithesis of peace and reconciliation - but the PLO's Hanan Ashrawi says IDF attacks on Gaza show a total disregard for Palestinian life.

article 21 July 2014 UK
Data Baby at Latitude - how much would you share?
Geoff White by Data Baby at Latitude - how much would you share?

How much would you share with a stranger? Pictures of your children? Your home address? Financial details? Channel 4 News took the Data Baby to meet Latitude festival-goers.

article 21 July 2014 UK
Tony Blair
Michael Crick by 'Why are you in London, Mr Blair?' - video

As Tony Blair prepares to deliver a speech marking the 20th anniversary of his becoming Labour leader, Michael Crick asks him why he is in London and not in the Middle East.