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

Claims of Iranian nuclear site 'clean-up' are rejected

Iran has denied allegations that it attempted to clean up radioactive traces possibly left by secret nuclear work at a key military site before granting UN inspectors permission to visit the facility.

Yamile Aldama celebrates with the Union Jack after her gold medal

Aldama, our woman from Havana, raises gold hopes

Arriving in London via Sudan, Britain's new 39-year-old triple jump champion had to leap numerous obstacles, writes Simon Turnbull

Man of the people: Corbett, right, canvassing in 1979

Lord Corbett: MP who helped ensure rape victims' anonymity

Robin Corbett, who has died of lung cancer, was always a man of the people. When he was two, his family was deported from Australia because of his father's political beliefs. This inspired a fire and determination to fight injustice and fundamentalism, whatever the climate. As Labour MP for Hemel Hempstead, then Birmingham Erdington, he proved to be a combative campaigner.

Ryan Giggs continues to play a key role for United

Judge considers Ryan Giggs damages claim

A High Court judge is considering whether a damages claim made by Manchester United and Wales footballer Ryan Giggs against The Sun newspaper should be thrown out.

Yemen polling station blown up one day before election

A Yemeni security official says gunmen have blown up a voting station in the southern city of Aden one day before the country is to go to the polls to rubber stamp the vice president as the new head of state.

£600,000 for witness gaffe

A teenage court witness was given a £600,000 payout by the Crown Prosecution Service and Metropolitan Police after he was put at risk, it has been reported.

Arab League considers revival of Syrian mission 

Arab League officials say the 22-member group is considering reviving its suspended observer mission in Syria, expanding it to include monitors from non-Arab, Muslim nations and maybe involvement by the United Nations.

Al-Qa'ida chief urges outside help for Syria rebels 

The head of al-Qa'ida is calling on Muslims across the Arab world and beyond to support rebels in Syria who are seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad, and says they cannot depend on the West for help.

NightJack blogger to sue Times over email hacking

The detective who was identified as the author of an anonymous prize-winning blog on policing after a reporter from The Times hacked into his email account is to sue the newspaper, it was reported last night.

How 'The Independent' reported the story yesterday

Health Bill poll by Royal College of GPs 'did not represent all members'

Two senior members of the Royal College of GPs have expressed concern that its public opposition to the Government's health Bill was not approved by the organisation's governing council.

Homai Vyarawalla: Photographer

Homai Vyarawalla, who died on 15 January at the age of 98, was widely acknowledged to be India's first woman photojournalist. She took photographs of key events that would have a decisive impact on Indian history, including the meeting where leaders voted for the plan for India's partition. She also photographed the first flag-hoisting ceremony, at Red Fort on 15 August 1947, the departure of Lord Mountbatten from India and the funerals of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Baghdad funeral procession hit as dozens killed in suicide car bombing

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car near a funeral procession in south-eastern Baghdad today, killing at least 28 people in the latest brazen attack since the US troop withdrawal, officials said.

Rescue workers search for victims after a building collapsed near the Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro

Three bodies found after building collapses in Rio de Janeiro

Three bodies were pulled from the rubble of three collapsed buildings, an official with the Rio de Janeiro Fire Department said. Another 21 people were still missing after the buildings went down in the city's historic center.

Sbtrkt, The Gilles Peterson Awards, Koko

As mysterious as he is wary of vowels, Sbtrkt was the toast of the evening at the The Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards.

Johann Hari leaves The Independent

Johann Hari is to leave The Independent, it was announced last night.

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That's a bit rich

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Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Wales last qualified for major tournament in 1958 but after several near misses the current crop can book place at Euro 2016 and end all the indifference
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Now the squads are out, Chris Hewett picks a side of stars who missed the cut
A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember,' says Starkey

The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

David Starkey's assessment
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'An enormous privilege and adventure'

Oliver Sacks writing about his life
'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

The Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'
Britain is still addicted to 'dirty coal'

Britain still addicted to 'dirty' coal

Biggest energy suppliers are more dependent on fossil fuel than a decade ago
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Orthorexia nervosa

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Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

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Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests

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