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A judge granted bail to Abu Qatada, once described by a Spanish judge as 'Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe', who was to be freed from Long Lartin prison and allowed to leave a fixed address in London for two one-hour periods a day, in order to take his youngest child to school. Ed Davey replaced his fellow Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne as Energy Secretary after Mr Huhne's resignation to concentrate on defending himself against charges that he persuaded his ex-wife to accept his speeding points in 2003 to avoid a driving ban. The Metropolitan Police unlawfully failed to warn people that their telephones had been hacked by the News of the World, a judicial review, sought by Lord Prescott, ruled. Fabio Capello, the England football manager, told the Italian press that he disagreed with the Football Association's decision to remove John Terry from the England captaincy while he faces a charge of racially abusing the Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand: 'I still consider Terry as the England captain, ' he said. 'I think we first should wait for the trial conclusion.'

In a message for the Diamond Jubilee of her accession, the Queen said: 'I dedicate myself anew to your service.' Britain faces a threat from terrorists returning from fighting overseas in the next few years, such as the 50 Britons fighting with the Somali extremists al-Shabab, according to the Royal United Services Institute. …

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