Brexit battle in Supreme Court: Key points

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The UK Supreme Court has finished a historic four days of hearings on Brexit - and who has the power to trigger it. Now the 11 justices will deliberate on whether government or Parliament has that power.

We are expecting the judgement in January.


What must the Supreme Court decide?

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Image caption Philanthropist Gina Miller is one of two claimants to challenge the government

The government was appealing against a really simple challenge won by two claimants, investment banker and philanthropist Gina Miller and London hairdresser Deir Dos Santos.

In the High Court, they jointly challenged the government's presumption that it had the right to trigger "Article 50", the exit clause in the treaty that makes the UK a member of the European Union.

They argue, instead, that it is for Parliament to say what happens following the Brexit referendum vote.

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Birmingham link to Paris and Brussels attack

  • 6 December 2016
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Zakaria Boufassil (left) and Mohammed Ali Ahmed will be sentenced next Monday

A man has been found guilty of giving £3,000 in Birmingham to an alleged member of the terror cell that later carried out the Paris and Brussels attacks.

Did the cash raised through benefit fraud in the UK fund the two atrocities - and what does this case tell us about the self-styled Islamic State's operations?

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Imam loses libel action against BBC over 'extreme' claim

  • 28 October 2016
  • From the section UK
Shakeel Begg

An influential imam has lost a libel action against the BBC after a judge ruled he had promoted violence.

London-based Shakeel Begg sued after being accused on the Sunday Politics show of espousing extreme beliefs.

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Prison violence in England and Wales up yet again

  • 27 October 2016
  • From the section UK
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Image caption HMP Pentonville: Fatal stabbing in October

Violence in jails has continued to rise, with assaults on prison officers in English and Welsh jails reaching almost 6,000 incidents a year.

The latest figures show the overall number of assaults rose by a third to 23,775 in the year to June 2016.

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'IS fighter' guilty after trial held partly in secret

  • 13 October 2016
  • From the section UK
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Image caption From Left: Gabriel Rasmus, who pleaded guilty, and Anas Abdalla planned to head to Syria

A would-be Syria fighter has been convicted of trying to smuggle himself to the war zone after a semi-secret trial with claims of MI5 harassment.

Anas Abdalla had denied preparing for acts of terrorism by hiding in a lorry at Dover with another extremist.

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The imam killed because he wasn't 'Muslim enough'

  • 16 September 2016
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Amulet: Given out in spiritual healing sessions by the imam who was later murdered

On Friday a jury at Manchester Crown Court found Mohammed Syeedy guilty of murdering a 71-year-old imam - because he wasn't Muslim enough.

This is not just a crime that shocked the Muslim community in Rochdale where Jalal Uddin was bludgeoned to death.

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Undercover police: 'Officers won't face charges over evidence'

  • 8 September 2016
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Undercover officer Mark Kennedy infiltrated campaign groups

The attorney general has given a pledge that no one will face prosecution based on evidence given at the inquiry into undercover policing.

The assurance means former officers will not be prosecuted for on anything they say during the inquiry.

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Anjem Choudary's American follower

  • 6 September 2016
  • From the section Magazine
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Anjem Choudary has been jailed for five-and-a-half years in the UK for inviting others to support the Islamic State militant group, but his influence stretched all the way to the US.

If Jesse Morton had not, as he puts it, "opened his mind", he would be among the most dangerous men within walking distance of the White House.

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Social media giants 'failing' on extremism - MPs

  • 25 August 2016
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Recently convicted cleric Anjem Choudary operated online for years

Social media companies are "consciously failing" to combat groups using their services to promote extremism, say MPs.

The Home Affairs Select Committee said firms including Facebook, Twitter and Google, which owns YouTube, must show "a greater sense of responsibility".

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How Anjem Choudary's mouth was finally shut

  • 16 August 2016
  • From the section Magazine
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For 20 years Anjem Choudary stood on street corners, in shopping precincts, outside mosques, embassies and police stations and used his megaphone to drive a wedge between Muslims and the rest of Britain. Now he has been convicted of inviting others to support the Islamic State militant group.

The scenes would change - but not the words.

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