Archive of 17 August 2012
Three members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot have been jailed for two years after being found guilty of hooliganism over a protest in Moscow's Christ the Saviour cathedral.
Senior MPs and peers have pointed the finger at the government for attempting to pass legislation that will introduce secret court cases by the back door.
Benefit claimants have been "hounded" by the firm tasked with checking their fitness to work, according to a Labour MP.
Britain's refusal to grant Julian Assange safe passage out of the UK means the diplomatic standoff over the Wikileaks founder's fate continues.
Ministers have been left red-faced after it emerged the government had got its figures wrong on the number of playing fields sold off under the coalition.