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Album: Alesha, The Entertainer (Asylum/Atlantic)

Alesha may be able to dance, and she can jump through the hoops of contemporary R&B vocal cliche with some alacrity, but the mere ability to sing and dance competently is in itself no guarantee of entertainment, a quality in somewhat short supply on The Entertainer.

Climbdown on plan to grant anonymity to rape accused

Plans to grant anonymity to men charged with rape in England and Wales have been abandoned by the Government.

Leading article: Welcome reversal on the rape laws

Britain needs to do much more to tackle the scourge of sexual violence against women – not merely the incidence of this vile crime but the shocking low level of convictions in court, which hovers around the level of 5 or 6 per cent of allegations.

Government scraps anonymity pledge for rape accused

The Government today abandoned its pledge to grant anonymity to men charged with rape in England and Wales.

Threads of Feeling, The Foundling Museum, London

Mothers and babies whose lives hung by a thread

Beautiful Malice, By Rebecca James

"Were you glad, deep down? Were you glad to be rid of her? Your perfect sister? Were you secretly glad when she was killed?" Sibling rivalry is often found at the heart of teen fiction, and Rebecca James's entertaining melodrama takes this raw emotion to new extremes.

Anonymity for rape suspects 'U-turn'

Plans to change the law to grant anonymity to men charged with rape in England and Wales have apparently been dropped by the Ministry of Justice.

Uzbek women accuse state of mass sterilizations

Saodat Rakhimbayeva says she wishes she had died with her newborn baby. The 24-year-old housewife had a cesarean section in March and gave birth to Ibrohim, a premature boy who died three days later.

Rhodri Marsden: Online anonymity lets us behave badly

Just as the real world has complex rules that define our behaviour towards one another (eg, "Your place in a supermarket queue cannot be maintained with a basket containing a solitary banana") there are rules for online interaction, too.

'For a year in prison I was treated like the scum of the earth, but I was innocent of rape'

Should men accused of rape be given anonymity? One man cleared of the crime explains to Mark Hughes why the answer is yes

Anger in Commons at rape suspect anonymity plans

The Government has provoked an all-party revolt by pressing ahead with a controversial plan to grant anonymity to people accused of rape before they are charged.

Anger over rape accused anonymity plans

The Government sparked cross-party anger today by announcing it plans to press ahead with giving rape defendants pre-charge anonymity.

Child sex abuse defendants could be granted anonymity

Family welfare charities fear coalition proposals will discourage victims from reporting serious assaults

Martin King: Unmasking the anonymous online poster

When independent.co.uk launched its new commenting system, followed closely by the revamped blogs and its comments, I was hopeful that we could start to move away from The Secret Ranter – the type of poster who hides behind anonymity and adds inane insults that detract from the value of free speech.

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