News French actor Gerard Depardieu poses with people from Estaimpuis during a ceremony held in his honor at the Chateau Bourgogne

Mayor of Estaimpuis credits French star with boosting the economy, creating jobs and bringing new visitors to the small corner of Wallonia

Three men held by police investigating child sex ring allegations

Three men have been arrested by police investigating an alleged paedophile ring which led to vulnerable schoolgirls being drugged, raped and sold into prostitution.

Christian B&B owners sued over refusing gay guests can now turn away homosexual couples

Peter and Hazelmary Bull have reopened the Chymorvah Hotel as a non-profit organisation

Xi Jinping: China’s new President told legislators to fight against hedonism and extravagance

The China Dream: new leadership pledges reform

President Xi Jinping promises renaissance while cutting corruption and tackling pollution

Williams-Thomas: 'I have 100 per cent faith in the Metropolitan Police and the guys who are leading it'

Jimmy Savile investigator offers to help round up 1980s paedophile ring

Mark Williams-Thomas, the child protection expert who exposed Jimmy Savile, has offered to help catch an alleged establishment paedophile ring that used its connections to escape justice decades ago.

The Elm Guest House today

Police failings put dozens of children at risk from notorious paedophile ring

Documents reveal some visitors at Elm Guest House went on to commit series of child sex offences

Rocks Lane, Barnes

Paedophile ring leader, Colin Peters, linked to Barnes scandal

Convicted barrister in child-sex chain alleged to have abused boys at London guesthouse

Tory MP warned of powerful paedophile ring 30 years ago

New evidence supports claim former backbencher’s life was threatened

Two arrested over claims that MPs took part in child-sex ring

Detectives question former deputy head of children's home and a Catholic priest

Elm Guest House owner Carole Kasir in 1983

Abuse victims 'trafficked abroad'

Seventies paedophile ring in Barnes extended to Amsterdam, say two men who claim they were abused in brothels

Police launch criminal investigation into MPs’ child sex ring

Scotland Yard tonight launched a full investigation into allegations that Conservative politicians were members of a paedophile ring which abused children in care the 1980s.

Oxford sex gang exploited young girls, court told

Young girls were sexually exploited by a group of men who subjected them to depravity and perversion, a court heard today.

Intelligence chief survives Afghan bombing

The intelligence chief was wounded in an assassination attempt in Kabul today.

No action to be taken over BNP leader Nick Griffin B&B gay couple tweets

Griffin urged his Twitter followers to demonstrate outside the couple's home

It's about time: New Yorker reunited with stolen watch after five decades

When Ed Grigor, a resident of upstate New York, finished high school in the late Fifties, his aunt gifted him a gold, 23-jewel wristwatch with his name engraved on it. But soon afterwards, during a stint with the US Navy, he left the timepiece by a sink in his barracks – and when he returned, it had gone missing.

The breakfast room at Halford House

B&B And Beyond: Halford House, Gloucestershire

A homely ambience is complemented by hotel-standard style and service at this elegant guesthouse, says Kate Simon

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