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

Two dead in insurgent attack in Afghan capital

A police officer and an eyewitness say suicide bombers have attacked a police station near the presidential palace in the heart of the Afghan capital, killing two police officers.

Rare interview with urban artist Princess Hijab

We talk to the graffiti artist who works in the Paris underground at night 'hijabising' posters and billboard advertising

Myler sets pace before fast fightback proves too much

How easy to describe this Heineken Cup final as a tale of two 10s. Yet there was only one fly-half we were supposed to be watching: Jonathan Sexton, the arch tormentor of England on the final day of the Six Nations' Championship two months earlier and now the man who inserted the stiletto into Northampton ribs.

Sir Fred Goodwin super-injunction lifted

An order granting anonymity to former bank boss Sir Fred Goodwin - who won an injunction preventing publication of details of a "sexual relationship" - was lifted at the High Court today.

The Sketch: The day the dinosaurs emerged and taught Ed to keep a poker face

It was a day for dinosaurs. Sir Peter Tapsell reared up among cheers to suggest the PM order an investigation into the death of David Kelly. Dennis Skinner gave a fabulous display of primordial rage (it's his birthday today: he is 65 million years old).

David Prosser: Transparency in the City may not be as clear cut as it seems

Outlook Just how transparent do we want our regulators to be? If you think the answer is obvious – that is, completely transparent – a change ofpolicy at the Financial Services Authority yesterday might prompt you to reconsider (or at least to concede this isn't a black and white issue).

Warning as America's online game of 'truth or dare' comes to Britain

It is the latest social networking phenomenon that has polarised America. Advocates describe it as a way for people to "reveal their personalities in an authentic way". Critics cite it as "a digital version of 'truth or dare' served up with the bitchy anonymity of graffiti on the toilet wall".

Album: Magnus Ostrom, Thread of Life (Act)

The former E.S.T. drummer makes his solo debut with an instrumental prog-suite in which the death of bandmate Esbjorn Svensson looms large.

Philip Hensher: A portrait of us as we see ourselves– that is the true value of the census

After two centuries, its matchless historical value is thoroughly established

The story goes on, Anon

An anonymous imagining of Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign is the latest attempt by an author to disguise their identity. It's been going on since Beowulf, says Arifa Akbar

Nine killed during gun and machete attack on presidential residence

Armed gunmen with machetes attacked Congo's presidential residence yesterday, and at least nine people were killed during nearly an hour of gunfire, a witness said.

'Very senior' MI5 officer to give evidence at 7/7 inquest



A "very senior" MI5 officer will give evidence anonymously at the inquest into the 7/7 London bombings following a ruling by the coroner today.

Police unlikely to prosecute over 'stop snitching' flyers

Police appear to be powerless to bring charges against people who distribute flyers warning potential informants against helping detectives, one of Britain's top officers admitted today.

Teachers can touch children, says Gove

The Education Secretary Michael Gove rounded on children's and music organisations for urging music teachers not to touch children during lessons. Mr Gove said it was "totally appropriate" for teachers to touch pupils while helping them to learn to play musical instruments.

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