News A 1999 photograph of Jimmy Savile

A report by children's charity the NSPCC revealed the extent of Savile's offending over several decades

Rivals plan to spoil Rupert Murdoch's new sunrise

Another new red top could soon be rivalling the Sunday edition of The Sun, which launches this weekend. The former Sunday Express editor, Susan Douglas, has financial backing for a new tabloid based on the mass appeal of the News of the World before the phone-hacking scandal. It would inevitably compete directly with Rupert Murdoch's new tabloid, The Sun on Sunday.

Leading article: Deplorable acts of gender preference

There are many grounds upon which a woman may reasonably want to terminate a pregnancy. The sex of the foetus, however, is not one of them. And the evidence that some British clinics are unashamedly agreeing to perform abortions on that basis is deplorable.

Drop in rainfall killed off Mayans

A reduction in rainfall led to the collapse of the Mayan civilisation more than 1,100 years ago, a study has concluded.

'The Independent' in line for Front Page of the Year

The Independent has been nominated for Front Page of the Year at the 2012 Press Awards. The striking cover of 9 August 2011 marked the night riots engulfed parts of London and beyond.

Singer Charlotte Church waived a £100,000 fee to sing at Rupert Murdoch's wedding when she was 13

Charlotte Church settles phone-hacking claim against News of the World

Charlotte Church has settled her phone-hacking damages action against News of the World publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) just days before it was to go to trial.

David Cameron yesterday insisted Andrew Lansley, pictured, 'understands the health service better than almost anyone else in Parliament'

Doctor faces disciplinary hearing for daring to question NHS reforms

Medic in trouble after signing critical letter to The Independent

Paxman criticises BBC Television Centre plans

Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has criticised the BBC's decision to sell Television Centre and move some staff to central London during a period of budget cuts.

Model Coco Rocha is one of the celebrites using Pinterest.com

Trending: Board of the internet? Try Pinterest

Another hot new social network – just what we need. But the joy and creativity of this site is easy to pin down

IoS wins three major international design awards

The Independent on Sunday has won three top international awards for design, it was announced yesterday.

Not high, high, high: McCartney is now marijuana free

Hey, You've got to hide your drug away

Paul McCartney has given up smoking dope. Simon Usborne charts a career of highs and lows

Jean-Marie Le Pen loses Nazi remark appeal

The founder of France's far right National Front party has been convicted of contesting crimes against humanity for saying the Nazi occupation was not “particularly inhumane”.

Diary: To find out the truth about Kate and William...

That old red republican Andrew Marr has caught the bug, and even The Guardian has run 444 stories on the young couple in five years. As it was before 1992, so it is now, those who want the juiciest royal gossip need a second language and a chance to travel.

The Daily Star Sunday was barred from writing about Caroline Spelman's son Jonathan, 17

Minister's teenage son wins press privacy bid

A Cabinet minister's teenage son has won an injunction in the High Court against a tabloid newspaper to stop it from publishing a story about his private life.

Matt Bomer, star of US TV show 'White Collar'

Proud and out in Beverly Hills

Matt Bomer not be a household name but news of his coming out at the weekend has been reported all over the world. Why? Because he is an actor, and many feel that if they are honest about their sexuality the number of roles available to them will be limited.

Amol Rajan: Love really is all you need so, go on, buy those roses

Everybody knows that Valentine's Day is a giant orgy of commercial exploitation and a cynical distraction from our romantic failures over the rest of the year. It's traumatic for those people not in relationships, and hypocritical for those people in them, who pretend they fancy their partners when what they're really thinking about in bed is the company secretary.

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