In pictures: Christmas Elephant Appeal

Wildlife photographer David Gulden has captured incredible shots of animals in Africa for over two decades. Whether they be common or endangered, through his photographs he documents their daily life and their most personal moments.

The Independent's charity auction

Fancy attending a pre-match press conference at Man City?  How about an original work by Tracey Emin, or a private gig from Mark Steel?

IoS Christmas Appeal: When pregnancy spells lethal danger to a

Training midwives to detect a father's potential violence, and advocates to help an abused mother, are two key areas of Refuge's work. Emily Dugan reports on the horrors visited upon one young woman and how she was able to cope and withstand them

IoS Christmas Appeal: Silent shame of domestic violence in Britain

One in four women will be abused by a partner. Many are failed by the police, and now cuts to services are leaving women and children open to more attacks. As The IoS launches its Christmas appeal, Emily Dugan and Jane Merrick report on the dangers women still face