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US porn filming halted by outbreak of syphilis

A porn industry trade group has announced a US moratorium on production of adult sex films after several reported cases of syphilis among actors, adding to the pressure on porn producers to require the use of condoms on sets.

Will Franken: Things We Did Before Reality, Just the Tonic at The Caves, Edinburgh

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Morning-after pill available by phone during Games

Women are being invited to stock up on free supplies of the morning-after pill which will be sent to them by post during the Olympics.

The Secret Olympian, by Anon

If there's any secret, it's that those seduced by the title into expecting explosive revelations will be disappointed. Because this is an interesting, insightful examination of the experience of being an Olympic athlete rather than a sensational exposé, and all the better for that.

Jubilate, By Michael Arditti

"Leaving the miraculous out of life is like leaving out the lavatory or dreams or breakfast," wrote Graham Greene. Judging from his fiction, Michael Arditti might share a similar credo.

Last night's viewing - One Night, BBC1; Just a Minute, BBC2

One Night is about how easily a simmering pan can boil over, particularly when the temperature is muggy and times are hard. It's then that the smallest thing may cause everything to well up and spill over the side of the pan – even a dropped crisp packet.

Row erupts over risque clean-up campaign

A landowner has offended villagers by launching a clean-up campaign with posters reading "Don't be a tosser! Take your litter home".

Anti-Putin protest makes a splash

Tens of thousands of Muscovites endured icy temperatures of around minus 20 degrees to attend a protest march against Vladimir Putin yesterday.

Kathryn Bolkovac joined the UN Police Task Force in post-war Bosnia in 1999 as an employee of the private military contractor DynCorp. She became a human rights investigator and discovered, to her horror, that people from the mission were involved in human trafficking. Bolkovac blew the whistle and was fired

Insight: Kathryn Bolkovac, whistleblower

'People ask me where I got my strength from... and I don't know'

Earl's son cleared of raping 16-year-old girl

An aristocrat was today cleared of raping a 16-year-old girl.

Porn actors may have to use condoms

A by-law requiring porn actors to wear condoms during film shoots has been tentatively approved by Los Angeles councillors.

Smaller turnout at second round of Moscow protests 

About 1,000 demonstrators demanding a rerun of parliamentary elections gathered in central Moscow today for a second weekend of protests against Russia's fraud-tainted vote, a comparatively small crowd that underlined the challenge to the opposition of keeping up public pressure on authorities.

Unprotected sex 'linked to alcohol use'

The more a person drinks the more likely they are to have unprotected sex, according to research.

Outrage as Italy minister rules out mention of condoms

Reports that the health minister in Mario Monti’s new government banned Italian state radio from using of the word “condom” in a series of programmes to mark World Aids Day have outraged HIV campaigners.

Julie Burchill: A new way to keep women at home

Goodness knows I'm a broad-minded broad, but I do yearn somewhat for a time when san-pro ads weren't being thrust down one's throat at every available oppo. I'm old enough to remember when the yowling Bodyform ads were considered a bit beyond the pale. Now you can't turn on the TV or open a magazine without being confronted with more periods than a Morse code manual.

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