Adam Withnall

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Vanessa Feltz at the 2006 Bafta awards and Rolf Harris, as he arrived for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court last week

Rolf Harris: Vanessa Feltz and Linda Nolan claim entertainer groped them ‘live on TV and backstage at concert’

Harris has been jailed for almost six years for attacks on young girls as young as seven or eight

Michael Gove is embroiled in a fresh controversy as it emerges that his department’s savage spending cuts have forced sixth-form colleges to scrap A-level courses in core subjects such as languages and maths, regarded by the Government as crucial to the future of Britain’s economy

Home Office ‘child abuse cover-up’: Michael Gove rules out public inquiry into claims of paedophile politicians at Westminster

Review into alleged abuses finds 114 related files ‘lost or destroyed’ by officials

Mohammad Iqbal, 45, has admitted he strangled his first wife so that he could marry again

Farzana Parveen Lahore ‘honour killing’: Father of pregnant woman stoned to death in Pakistan charged with murder

Five members of Ms Parveen’s family indicted with torture and murder charges over horrific killing

Pete Doherty and Caral Barat of The Libertines performs on stage at British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park

The Libertines Hyde Park reunion gig stopped after massive crowd crush

Band announces two new London dates during first England reunion

Amanda Knox wipes her nose with a tissue while making a television appearance in New York, 2014

Amanda Knox ‘phone, sex and cash links to Italian cocaine dealer’ to be used against her in extradition bid

Prosecutors preparing for Knox and Raffaele Sollecito’s appeal over Meredith Kercher’s murder say they will press on with attempts to bring the American to justice

Jeremy Meeks' mugshot

Jeremy Meeks offered $100,000 porn contract

The convicted criminal – whose mugshot went viral last month – has already been offered modelling contracts and deals with a Hollywood talent agent

The Algeria World Cup team on their open-bus tour through Algiers. A Palestinian flag can be seen draped from the front of the bus

World Cup 2014: Algeria 'to donate $9m World Cup prize money to people of Gaza’

Reports of donation come as Israel-Palestine crisis continues to escalate

A file picture dated 23 July 2012 shows British police on patrol at Heathrow airport. US security officials are seeking to bolster security at airports abroad with flights to the United States amid new worries about potential bomb plots

UK airport security urgently tightened due to ‘credible threat’ of al-Qa’ida bomb attack

Changes likely to cause disruption in ‘upcoming days’, transport officials say

Pope Francis appears to have been captured on video performing an exorcism in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis makes exorcisms official Catholic practice as demon-fighting priests recognised under canon law

Vatican has given backing to exorcism as ‘form of charity’

Chinese muslims known as 'Uighurs' from Xinjiang Province pose for photos in front of a portrait of Mao Zedong before the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2013

China bans Ramadan: Fasting and ‘taking part in religious activities’ forbidden in controversial crackdown on minority Uighur Muslims

Statements from local government departments and schools say ban is to prevent Muslims from 'instilling religion' into public bodies

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Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?