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When will TV and film start opening the door to transgender actors, asks Paris Lees

Andy McSmith's Diary: The police need a better class of sponsors

Martyn Underhill, a former detective chief inspector who is now Dorset’s elected Police Commissioner, has announced on his blog that he is trying to organise commercial sponsorship to help all five police forces in the South-west cope with cuts in their budgets. “The police family in Dorset is living in austere times with a shrinking budget and workforce,” he complains. “We are the lowest funded force and have seen the worst cuts. This is wrong, and I will continue to fight this…. I see huge potential benefits to forming appropriate sponsorship relationships with reputable organisations.”

Mr Mitchell was riding the seven-year-old bike when police officers refused to let him leave Downing Street via the main gate in September last year.

Bidding on Andrew Mitchell's 'plebgate' bike closes tonight

The auction's proceeds will go to a charity helping Kenyan children affected by HIV/AIDS

Bicycle at centre of 'plebgate' row put on sale on eBay by former chief whip Andrew Mitchell

All proceeds from the sale will go to charity

HIV and hepatitis warning over unlicensed illegal tattooists

Increasingly popular unlicensed tattoo parlours are putting users at risk of contracting hepatitis and HIV, council leaders have warned.

Girl Rising: I don't love cinema, I did love this

This inspiring film tells the story of nine girls across the developing world, all of whom are desperate to get, or desperately glad they got an education.

Channel 4's 'The Sex Clinic'

Step into The Sex Clinic: Channel 4's latest Mating Season documentary

The show follows patients in London and Birmingham's busiest sex clinics

Cheap generic drugs from India turned the tide against HIV and this court case means this can continue

The judges’ decision will help secure the supply of affordable medicines for millions of the world’s poorest

Happy clappy: The plastic grin on Gavin Creel’s Elder Price, left, makes him look like a living cartoon

Theatre review: The Book of Mormon - Lord, they move in hilarious ways

Despite the hype, the South Park duo's satirical musical swipe at the Church of Latter-Day Saints doesn't disappoint ... and that's gospel truth

William Roache, child abuse and past lives

Judging by his comments, I guess my disability is just a punishment for being a total badass in a previous life?

Review: The Scientists, By Marco Roth

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Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with a young patient on a malaria vaccine trial in Mozambique

Bill Gates: Why do we care more about baldness than malaria?

Gates blames capitalism for channelling more money into curing minor ailments

Saul Sanchez, 48: “He is a very simple man. You know it because he liked to come here and just be with us. He is just a normal person who would eat and drink with us”

'The Slum Pope? He is bigger than that – he is for all the poor people'

Before becoming Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio won the hearts of the slum people ministering to the poor and sick

Signs of a rethink on America's War on Drugs

Maryland looks likely to follow Washington and decriminalise marijuana

HIV drugs could 'functionally cure' about 10% of early diagnosed patients

Breakthrough follows reports of a baby girl in the US who was 'cured' after very early treatment

She believed the key to Rwanda’s reconstruction lay in involving women at the grassroots level

Aloisea Inyumba: Politician who played a key role in the rebuilding of Rwanda

She believed the key to Rwanda's reconstruction lay in involving women at the grassroots level

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

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German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform