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Murder accused mother 'tried to protect children'

A woman accused of murdering her two children in a Spanish hotel room today choked back tears as she told a court she tried to "protect" her children from social services.

The Skating Rink, By Roberto Bolaño, trs Chris Andrews

There's murder afoot – but that seems to be the least of these lovelorn characters' problems

Father of dead children denies sex offences

An alleged paedophile whose wife is accused of murdering their two children in a Spanish hotel denied a string of sex offences today.

Funeral of children 'killed by mother in hotel'

A funeral will be held today for two British children whose mother admitted suffocating them in a Spanish hotel room.

Father of murdered children remanded on sex charges

An alleged paedophile whose wife is accused of murdering their two children in a Spanish hotel appeared in court today.

Letter from murder-charge mother tells of 'wonderful holiday'

A mother who has admitted killing her two children in a Spanish hotel spoke of giving them a "short and wonderful holiday" prior to their deaths, it was disclosed today.

Child deaths mother fled police after son's birth

A woman who admitted killing her two children in a Spanish hotel room fled from police hours after her baby son was born, it was reported today.

Mother charged over Spain deaths

The mother of two children found dead in a hotel room at a Spanish holiday resort has been charged with their murders. Lianne Smith, 43, was jailed pending trial on suspicion of killing Rebecca, five, and Daniel, 11 months, in Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava, on Tuesday.

Mother 'admitted killing children in Spanish hotel'

A mother has confessed to killing her two children in a Spanish hotel room, court officials said today.

Dead children's mother warned about coping

A woman arrested after the deaths of her two children said she did not know how she would cope when her partner was detained over paedophile allegations, it was reported today.

Father of two children killed in Spain was on most-wanted list

Chain of events that led to double murder began with arrest for paedophilia offences

New twist in children's hotel death tragedy

The investigation into the deaths of two children in a Spanish hotel room took a dramatic twist today when it was disclosed they were the son and daughter of an alleged paedophile.

Mother suspected over deaths of her children

A British woman was under arrest last night after her two children, aged one and five, were found dead in a hotel room in Spain.

Mother quizzed after children found dead in Spain

A British woman was being questioned today after her two children were found dead in a Spanish hotel room, police said.

The Week In Radio: When the appliance of science is hot stuff

One question guaranteed not to come up in the leaders' debate tonight is "What will happen to BBC radio under your leadership?" But even if it did, the answer from all three would be so similar that they might as well be reading from the same cue card. Despite testing times ahead, with huge question marks over the licence fee and the scope of the Corporation's activities, the BBC would get the same kidglove treatment as the NHS or the Pope. Gordon Brown would like the BBC "independent" and Nick Clegg wants it "securely funded". Even the Conservatives, who want the licence fee supervised by the National Audit Office and the BBC Trust abolished, talk of a "strong and independent BBC". And no one would mention the World Service, which rarely gets the recognition it deserves, despite being our greatest cultural export after Shakespeare.

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London