Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell's accuser denies lying over alleged abuse

Victim broke down in tears in the witness box as she claimed that the actor raped her as she clutched a teddy bear

Book review: The Interestings, By Meg Wolitzer

A summer-camp alliance sets the course for lives that intersect across decades of change

Bang With Friends bounces back into the app store as 'Down'

Previously banned for being “excessively objectionable or crude”, Down returns to join the jostling market of casual-sex apps

Tom Ellis and Tamzin Outhwaite pictured in December 2010

EastEnders actors Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis separate after 7 years of marriage

Former EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite and her husband Tom Ellis have separated, a spokesman for the couple said.

PFA chairman, Gordon Taylor

Comment: Gordon Taylor's position as PFA chief left untenable by ignoring own advice on betting

Betting is football's oldest friend and its oldest foe, its Jekyll and Hyde

Facebook ordered to compensate users for sharing details on ads

Plaintiffs complaining that their likeness had been used in adverts without their permission received $15 each

Most babies make Facebook debut within an hour of being born

New survey shows how social media has allowed parents to share pictures with loved ones on the other side of the world, as well as brag to their friends.

Pick-up in pocket money rates may be key sign of recovery

Children and teenagers are receiving the most pocket money on average since 2007, in a further sign that families are starting to feel better about the economy.

How well do you know London? Test your cognition of the capital with Google Street View game Locate the London Location, by usvsth3m

Londoners revel in their civic sense, from memorising the tube map, to telling black cabs from the Addison Lees. They understand postcode peculiarities, know not all oysters are for eating, and avoid Oxford street on a Saturday.

Republican Party of India supporters protest in Mumbai against the rape of a female photographer

Second man arrested in Mumbai photographer gang-rape case

Five men suspected of attack in which male companion was also tied up and beaten

Chelsea Manning and the pain, but mostly joy, of coming out as transgender

The terrifying scale of coming out to the world is, I suspect, matched by the immense weight that has been lifted off her

Ashley Walters in Top Boy

'There should only be joy in decorating': Megan Morton on how to create the happiest of homes

The Australian interior designer, dubbed the "house whisperer", invites readers into her Sydney home in her new book, Things I Love

The help desk: Motherhood has completely changed my best friend - can I ever get her back?

Q. I met my best friend in our first term at university. We've gone travelling together, moved to London together and I was best woman at her wedding. We're in our thirties now and I thought we'd be friends for life. But having a baby earlier this year has completely changed her. I know motherhood is very demanding and I completely understood that things would be very different for her. But her fixation on her son, his routines, his 'personality' and so on borders on the obsessive.

New Zealand woman drives 200 miles through the night while texting her friends (oh...and she was asleep the whole time)

The woman, who has not been named, reportedly drove for almost 200 miles asleep while also sending text messages from her mobile

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project