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Is the Church finally facing up to its failings?

An inquiry by the Archbishop of Canterbury has shed further light on the scandal which lies at the heart of the Church of England diocese in Chichester.

Dr Williams’s inquiry found fresh allegations of clergy abuse

Archbishop sorry for child abuse failings

The Archbishop of Canterbury has apologised to victims of child abuse in a Church of England diocese after an inquiry by his own office found "fresh and disturbing" allegations against members of the clergy.

Neglect fear over disabled children

Some disabled children are at risk of not being properly protected from neglect and abuse, inspectors warned today.

Sussex ex-priest charged over child sex

A former parish priest has been charged with historic sexual offences against three young boys.

Rugby league ref held in 'child sex' probe

A Rugby league referee and former international player has been arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a child.

Rochdale paedophile gangleader is named

A sexual predator who led a gang of Asian men in grooming young white girls for sex was named today after he was convicted of 30 child rape charges.

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Ex-PCSO jailed over child sex abuse

A former police community support officer (PCSO) who was involved in caring for vulnerable children was today condemned as a "predatory paedophile" as he was sentenced to 10 years in jail for child sex offences.

Child protection red tape to be cut

Hundreds of pages of instruction manuals about child protection are to be replaced with more precise guidance in an attempt to reduce the burden of red tape on social workers, under new proposals announced by the Government.

Sarah Ferguson tried in absentia in Turkey

A Turkish court has begun a trial against Britain's Duchess of York for allegedly taking part in the secret filming of two orphanages in Turkey, the state-run news agency said.

Tax-relief cap on gifts 'not Conservative'

Lord Ashcroft, the former deputy Tory chairman, has attacked the Government's plans to cap the tax relief on charitable donations as "profoundly un-Conservative".

Torture case report is 'insufficient' says Michael Gove

Education Secretary Michael Gove today said a report into the torture of two young boys was "insufficient" and showed the current system of serious case reviews is "failing".

British Asians back family 'honour'

Two-thirds of young British Asians believe families should live according to the concept of “honour”, a new poll suggests.

US couple kept boy 'caged inside closet'

A police report says a Florida couple locked an extremely malnourished boy inside a closet as punishment for stealing food they were withholding from him.

BARONESS SCOTLAND: The Labour peer has cross bench support in her bid to amend the Legal Aid Bill

Women and children could die because of legal aid cuts says former attorney general

Women and children could die as a result of the Government’s legal aid cuts, warns a former attorney general, who will today make a last-ditch attempt to overturn the changes in the House of Lords.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas