Six held in match-fixing inquiry
Six members of an alleged betting syndicate have been arrested on suspicion of fixing English football matches, police said.
At least three current footballers and an agent are believed to have been arrested as part of a National Crime Agency (NCA) crackdown on an "international betting syndicate", the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.
The arrests were made following a sting by the newspaper, in which it claims undercover reporters discussed the possibility of influencing the scores and outcomes of lower-league English games for as little as £50,000.
'Cigarette packaging ban by 2015'
The Government is expected to announce tomorrow that cigarettes are to be sold in plain packaging by 2015.
It was reported tonight that the Prime Minister is going to ban branded cigarette cartons, having originally decided last July not to proceed with the plans.
In the summer the Government said it was waiting to see how plain packaging worked in Australia, which introduced the measures a year ago, before making any changes. It has since maintained it is monitoring the situation.
Saatchi to give trial evidence
Millionaire art dealer Charles Saatchi is expected to be questioned on details of his marriage to ex-wife Nigella Lawson today when he gives evidence in the trial of two former personal assistants to the celebrity couple.
Italian sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo are accused of using credit cards loaned to them by the family to spend more than £685,000 on themselves.
Yesterday, prosecutor Jane Carpenter told jurors that the sisters spent the money on luxury goods and lived the "high life" like that "portrayed in glossy magazines".
Man faces life in jail for murders
A businessman who fled the country for more than a year after stabbing a family of four to death in revenge for losing a lengthy legal battle is facing life in prison today after being found guilty of their murders.
Anxiang Du cold-bloodedly knifed Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer Jifeng "Jeff"' Ding, his wife, Ge "Helen" Chui, and their two daughters, Xing "Nancy" 18, and Alice, 12, on April 29, 2011.
Du had denied the murders but a jury took just over three hours to unanimously convict the 54-year-old yesterday following a two-week trial at Northampton Crown Court.
PM to urge EU migration clampdown
David Cameron will tell European leaders they must find ways to clampdown on mass migration from new EU states at a summit in Lithuania today as he pushes for curbs on free movement.
The Prime Minister has already faced stiff criticism from leading EU figures over his hopes of reform, although Germany and France are thought to be supportive, and will attempt to build support for a shake-up over a dinner with premiers tonight.
Creative measures must be found to prevent the pull that countries with higher living conditions have on residents in new states, he will tell the 25 leaders, including Germany's Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius.
Johnson vision as one with Thatcher
Boris Johnson has set out his stall as a political heir to Margaret Thatcher in a speech suggesting their approach would be "one and the same".
The Mayor of London suggested he would be in unison with the former Conservative prime minister on the way Britain should be run as he set out a vision for the country that spanned infrastructure, education and the economy.
Envy and greed are key to spurring on an economic revival and it would be "wrong to persecute the rich", he said during the annual Centre for Policy Studies Margaret Thatcher lecture.
Football stadium collapse kills two
Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener collapsed, killing two workers and aggravating concerns that Brazil will not be ready for the tournament.
The accident at the Arena Corinthians, known locally as the Itaquerao, could hardly have come at a worse time - just a week before the draw to decide the tournament's schedule and with the top names in football all descending on Brazil.
Preparations have been plagued by setbacks including cost overruns, stadium delays, accidents, labour strife and huge street protests in the run-up to the June tournament.
Offer to destroy chemicals at sea
The Obama administration is offering to destroy some of Syria's deadliest chemical weapons in international waters using a US government ship.
The plan, still subject to final approval, would involve destroying the weapons, probably aboard the MV Cape Ray in the Mediterranean Sea, with US Navy warships patrolling nearby.
This approach would avoid the diplomatic, environmental and security problems posed by disposing of the materials on any nation's soil.