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Police have stopped looking for a schoolboy who disappeared more than nine years ago after concluding he is now probably dead.

Rape case prompts dating site to begin screening for sex offenders

The dating website match.com has been forced to begin checking its clients against criminal databases after being sued by a Californian woman who claimed to have been raped by a convicted sex attacker she met on the site.

Police confirm the identity of second body in O'Callaghan case

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Sian police name second victim

The family of a woman whose remains were discovered by detectives investigating the murder of Sian O'Callaghan today spoke of their devastation over the death of their "beautiful daughter".

Adult industry enraged as 'Porn Wikileaks' gives stars' real names

Erotic stars such as Jenna Jameson, her male counterpart Seymore Butts and Charlie Sheen's latest inamorata, 24-year-old blonde former centrefold Bree Olson, are all so mainstream that their lives are detailed in Wikipedia.

DNA blunder let Night Stalker continue

Delroy Grant should have been stopped in his tracks when the spotlight fell on him in 1999, it can be revealed today.

The secret life of animals

The Smithsonian's database of thousands of 'candid camera' shots gives a fascinating insight into wild behaviour

ID cards go up in flames in first step to tackle 'database state'

Identity cards will be consigned to history today as the database recording the biometric details of thousands of people goes up in flames. Hard disk drives from the national identity register, which underpinned the ID card scheme, will be shredded and incinerated in a symbolic demonstration of efforts to rein back the "database state" and restore civil liberties.

Leading article: A victory for civil liberties – and a challenge for Labour

Will the new leader, Ed Miliband, attempt to defend the indefensible?

Stolen Degas returned to France after 37 years

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'Kiss and tell' policy dumped

Maryrose Fison: A fraudster warning is all very well, but useless if we can't understand it

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