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Prosecution says soap star was lying when he denied sexually abusing five girls

Youngest female genital mutilation victim was 'aged just seven'

Data relating to cases revealed as NSPCC launches helpline

A 17-year-old in a safehouse in Nairobi, Kenya, after fleeing from the threat of mutilation

New lifeline offered to girls at risk of FGM

NSPCC opens a 24-hour service in an effort to eradicate genital mutilation

‘I love you,’ maths teacher guilty of abduction tells pupil in court

Jury dismisses Jeremy Forrest’s claim he took 15-year-old girl to France to keep her safe

Forrest has decided not to give any evidence

Teacher Jeremy Forrest turns down chance to speak in own defence over schoolgirl abduction charge

Jury hears he 'groomed' pupil he ran away to France with, while his defence lawyer says it was to stop her committing suicide 

Possible new measures include greater use of online filters

The Government has got itself in a fine muddle over internet censorship

Maria Miller is attempting to take credit for measures started elsewhere

Google, BT and Yahoo! agree plan to tackle child porn on the web

Computer experts are to track down and block online child abuse images in an attempt to reverse the spread of sites used by paedophile groups, the Government announced today.

Loophole gives animals and corpses more rights than women in porn, say anti-rape campaigners

Necrophilia and bestiality are illegal but pornography depicting rape scenes is not

Government says internet companies are 'turning a blind eye' to online child abuse images as Maria Miller calls on Google, Yahoo and BT to take action

Internet chiefs will today be accused by the Government of turning a blind eye to the number of child abuse images that can be accessed online.

Google is among 13 companies taking part this week in an online protection summit called by Maria Miller

Google pledges $5m to battle child porn on the web

Internet giant pledges global funding to help charities find and remove exploitative images

Joan Smith: 'Until Hall suddenly changed his plea to guilty, he lied through his teeth about his assaults on girls'

BBC veteran Stuart Hall to be sentenced for sex assaults

Hall initially denied the allegations as 'pernicious, callous, cruel and above all spurious'

Editorial: Internet can be a force for good

Despite privacy fears, most people recognise that the benefits outweigh the costs

Websites containing images of child abuse will be flagged up to internet users with a clear message explaining why the site they are trying to access has been blocked

BT to display clear message on web pages containing child abuse images

The new system is the latest move in the battle against indecent online images, which are believed to have played a part in a number of recent high-profile child murders.

Bercows 'did not put Parliamentary security at risk' when Speaker's wife Sally sold furniture from apartment on eBay before McAlpine court battle

There were concerns when Mrs Bercow invited winning bidders to collect items from their Westminster flat

10 million children work as domestic servants in slave-like conditions, says UN labour agency

As many as 10.5 million children worldwide work as domestic servants, in what can be hazardous and even slave-like conditions, the International Labour Organization said.

Google cut its overall tax rate by almost half thanks to the move

Google gives £1m to IWF charity that polices child abuse online

The “substantial sum” is equal to a whole year’s running costs for the IWF

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Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
Underwater photography competition winners 2014 - in pictures

'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines
Will Smith's children have made waves with a gloriously over-the-top interview, but will their music match their musings?

What are Jaden and Willow on about?

Will Smith's children have made waves with a gloriously over-the-top interview, but will their music match their musings?
Fridge gate: How George Osborne keeping his fridge padlocked shows a frosty side to shared spaces

Cold war

How George Osborne keeping his fridge padlocked shows a frosty side to shared spaces
Stocking fillers: 10 best loo books

Stocking fillers: 10 best loo books

From dogs in cars to online etiquette, while away a few minutes in peace with one of these humorous, original and occasionally educational tomes
Malky Mackay appointed Wigan manager: Three texts keep Scot’s rehabilitation on a knife-edge

Three texts keep Mackay’s rehabilitation on a knife-edge

New Wigan manager said all the right things - but until the FA’s verdict is delivered he is still on probation, says Ian Herbert
Louis van Gaal: the liberal, the enemy and... err, the poet

Louis van Gaal: the liberal, the enemy and... err, the poet

‘O, Louis’ is the plaintive title of a biography about the Dutchman. Ian Herbert looks at what it tells us about the Manchester United manager
Isis in Iraq: Baghdad hails the retaking of the Baiji oil refinery as the start of the long fightback against the Islamist militants

Isis takes a big step back

Baghdad hails the retaking of the Baiji oil refinery as the start of the long fightback against the Islamist militants
Bill Cosby: America’s beloved TV ‘dad’ or serial rapist?

Bill Cosby: America’s beloved TV ‘dad’ or serial rapist?

Ukip silk bow ties, Green Party T-shirts, and 'Iron Baby' romper suits: How to shop politically

How to shop politically

Ukip silk bow ties, Green Party T-shirts, and 'Iron Baby' romper suits
The science of sex: What happens when science meets erotica

Sex on the brain

Fetishes, dominatrixes, kinks and erotica. They are subjects that should get the crowds flocking to a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection