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Detectives said they were "shaken" by "horrific" alleged cases

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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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London