Natasha Culzac

Natasha Culzac writes for http://independent.co.uk

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Convicted rapist Ched Evans said he is going to fight to clear his name, in a YouTube video appeal released today

Ched Evans says he is 'determined to fight' to clear his name to return to football after rape conviction

The convicted rapist said "it is my hope that I’ll be able to return to football", in a video statement published today

Support for Britain keeping its EU membership is at its highest level since 1991

Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'

Despite Ukip's rise in popularity, new research by IpsosMori found 56 per cent of British adults want to stay within the EU - though they still do want the relationship to change

Vaidotas Niedvaras, 22, has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for the horrific knife-point rape of a student

Man sentenced to 21 years in prison for knifepoint rape of online date

Vaidotas Niedvaras, who forced his way into the home of his victim, said he punched her because of the way she had spoken to him

The last great picture - Winner 'Black and White' and overall 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year'

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols was named Overall Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014, though there were a number of other winners and finalists for various other categories

Phillip Spence has been found guilty today of attempted murder after a shocking attack on tourists in a hotel room

Hotel room burglar who bludgeoned tourists with claw hammer found guilty of attempted murder

Phillip Spence's brutal attack - for credit cards, cash and iPads - left a woman without the ability to speak after she lost part of her brain

TV writer and producer Shonda Rhimes has shut down criticism that

Shonda Rhimes deftly addresses criticism that "gay scenes" in her shows "add nothing to plot"

The highly acclaimed TV producer and writer took umbrage at a comment made by a viewer on Twitter

Tory MP Philip Davies says sex education should be scrapped from the curriculum

Tory MP blames 'sex education fanatics' for rise in teen pregnancies, says it should be scrapped

Philip Davies, MP for Shipley in Yorkshire, said it was a parent's job to discuss sex education with their child not a school, during a debate over a proposed bill to make further sex education topics compulsory in schools

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has been fined £200 by the Electoral Commission

Nigel Farage fined £200 for failing to declare donated office to elections watchdog

The Electoral Commission said it believed there had been "no intent to hide the donations", which date back to 2001

Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 28, was arrested after getting stuck inside a chimney trying to enter a home in California

Woman gets stuck inside online date's chimney 'following split' - and then is arrested by police

Soapy water had to used to free Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa from the chimney - she has been charged with illegal entry

UN aid worker Edmond Bangura-Sesay has died after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone

Ebola outbreak: Britain steps up airport screening as UN aid worker dies from virus

Edmond Bangura-Sesay (not pictured), who had been a driver for UN Women since 2005, died in Sierra Leone

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Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor