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Twelve killed in Baghdad car bombs a day after attacks on Shiite districts left 34 dead across Iraq

One child among the dead following attack that left 19 others injured

Jeremy Paxman said it was ‘contemptible’ that BBC bosses’ tried to blame Peter Rippon

There is no rationale whatsoever to lower the age of consent. Barbara Hewson should know better

Top barrister Barbara Hewson recently called for the age of consent to be lowered. Here the legal representative for over 60 of Jimmy Savile's victim's explains why she's wrong

More women have come forward to say they've been abused by Stuart Hall

Top human rights barrister sparks outrage with call for age of consent to be lowered to 13

Barbara Hewson made the controversial suggestion in an article for the online magazine 'Spiked'

North Korean missiles no longer at launch site

United States officials say North Korea has taken a step back from its escalation of regional tensions by removing from their launch site a set of medium-range ballistic missiles that had been readied for possible test firing.

Chris Grayling: 'The Court of Protection has recently attracted media attention'

Justice Secretary asks for review of Court of Protection's powers

Chris Grayling calls for greater transparency in the dealings of the Court of Protection, which has the power to split up families and send people to jail

Exclusive: Three in four believe those accused of sexual assaults should be granted anonymity

The Independent poll finds strong public support for the controversial view that suspects in sex cases should enjoy the same right to anonymity as defendants

Mark Lancaster appears in court over alleged sexual exploitation through SponsorAScholar website after Independent investigation

The 39-year-old IT consultant is alleged to be behind the site that claimed it could arrange for young women's tuition fees to be paid in return for sexual relations

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Security forces blow up suspicious letter sent to German president Joachim Gauck

Mail was suspected of containing explosives

Paralysed man Paul Lamb takes up Tony Nicklinson's right to die challenge

A paralysed man is taking up a legal challenge for the right to die with the help of a doctor, saying he would like to be able to choose when to “call it a day”.

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Anonymity granted for nurse due to give evidence at inquest into death of Royal hoax call victim Jacintha Saldanha

A nurse due to give evidence at the inquest into the death of Royal hoax call victim Jacintha Saldanha has been granted anonymity to offer protection against similar media interest.

Residents gather at the site of a car bomb attack in the Al-Mashtal district in Baghdad

Scores killed across Baghdad in blasts on 10th anniversary of invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein

A wave of bombings tore through Baghdad this morning, killing at least 57 people in a spasm of violence on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion.

Michael Le Vell leaves Manchester Magistrates Court where he made his first court appearance accused of child sex offences

Twitter user arrested over claim alleged victim in Michael Le Vell child sex case was named

A Twitter user has been arrested by police over claims he used the micro-blogging site to name an alleged child sex victim in the case involving Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell.

Editorial: This inquest must probe every dark corner

More than six months after the exiled Russian and new British citizen Alexander Litvinenko died of radiation poisoning in London, the then Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, announced the expulsion of four Russian diplomats.

Anonymity for the accused: Rape is different to other crimes, and we need to talk about why

If there are other victims out there, naming of the accused can encourage them to speak out. But if the accused is rich and powerful, their identity can act as a shield

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From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

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