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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.

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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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