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Sarah Morrison is the Human Rights Correspondent at The Independent, i and The Independent on Sunday

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Steven Neary (right, with his father Mark) was unlawfully detained in a care unit for nearly a year

The great mental health betrayal: Inquiry slams ‘appalling’ unlawful detention of tens of thousands of vulnerable people

Lords condemn ‘wilful oppression’ and call for urgent reform of Britain’s care homes

Books published by a company owned by Michael O’Mara have been accused of ‘alienating’ children

Gender-specific children’s books ‘are easier to sell’, insists children's book publisher

A leading children’s publisher has said he will not bow to pressure to stop labelling books for either girls or boys – because it is a “fact of life” that people search for gifts according to gender.

One voice: Demonstrators in London

International Women's Day: Where do we go next on the road to global equality?

Women have a long way to go in the worldwide battle against gender imbalance, as well as the violence and sexual abuse they suffer. Sarah Morrison reports on the persistent problems that affect half the population

Joshua French listens to testmony during his trial in Ndolo military prison in Kinshasa, watched by his mother, Kari Hilde French

Joshua French case: Mother of former British soldier appeals to Cameron to save her son on death row in DRC

The mother of a former British soldier on Death Row in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has made a desperate plea to the British Government to help repatriate her son.

'No one cares': The tragic truth of Syria's 500,000 refugee children

At least a million Syrian refugees are now living in Lebanon, almost half of them children. They are being put up in tents, shacks and nine to a room – but 'no one cares', says British photographer Ed Thompson, who spent six days moving among the camps

The Elephant Appeal raised a clamour ahead of the conference last week

£500,000 raised to help stop the elephant crisis

Thanks to help from celebrities, royalty and most of all our readers, a record amount will go to our partner charity Space For Giants to help change things for elephants now

Dietrich Wagner, a German pensioner who was blinded by a police water cannon during an environmental protest in Stuttgart

The dangers of water cannon: Blinded German man tells Britain ‘don’t make the same mistakes as other countries’

Pensioner Dietrich Wagner is in London to lobby the Home Secretary about the dangers of the controversial crowd dispersal weapon

Speaking out: Prince William at the conference last Wednesday

Prince William wants 'all royal ivory destroyed'

There are some 1,200 objects made with ivory in the royal collection. Their possible destruction is welcomed by wildlife campaigners, but not by some art enthusiasts

Campaigners protest against the illegal trade in wildlife outside the conference venue, Lancaster House in London, yesterday

World leaders say enough is enough on illegal ivory: Agreement to stop wildlife trade hailed as 'watershed' moment

In a surprise move, the governments of Botswana, Chad, Ethiopia, Gabon and Tanzania were among those to sign the Elephant Protection Initiative

Elephants in the dust

World-leading conservationists join together to put a stop to illegal wildlife trafficking

The London conference will hear how as many as 50,000 elephants are being shot every year across Africa

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

Revealed (to the minute)

The precise time when impressionism was born
From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape