News A Save the Children organised event at Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the Syrian border, last month

The charity defends itself from claim it refrained from criticising its backers

LETTER:Home comfort

From Ms Susannah Clasen

Letter: Professionals for peace of mind

From Mrs R. D. Docherty

Letter: Racism in the playground

Sir: On a recent visit to Preston Park, my friend Deepa and I rode up to the play area on our bikes. Since there were a lot of children between the ages ofseven and 15 in the park's play area, we decided to return when it was less crowded. Instead, we rode around the park on our bikes.

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Letter: Children should not be named

I AM not averse to the plight of children affected by sudden death being made public ('The night the bad men came and killed my daddy', 23 October).

Verdict near in strangled-baby trial

Claude Michaud, who is accused of strangling two women and a baby of 18 months, arriving at a court in Nice yesterday on the fourth and last day of his murder trial. Michaud has already been jailed for 15 years for a separate killing.

Triple shooting

AN RUC constable was being questioned after his wife and two children, a boy of 13 and a girl aged 11, were shot dead at their home at Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

Any colour, so long as it's white: Correction

Apology

Letter: Children bring life to village

I READ with interest the article 'Celebs wage class war in Chilterns' (14 August). I, like many others, work in the holiday camps provided by the Children's Country Holidays Fund charity mentioned. We give our time and energy for free to provide the chance of a holiday away from inner London for these children, who would otherwise have none.

Radiation study

FURTHER doubt has been cast on alleged links between Sellafield workers and leukaemia in their children by a study, using new information on doses, which says the connection with the dosage in the 12 weeks prior to conception is not statistically significant.

Go-kart crash

FOUR people were hurt - two children seriously - when a dune buggy being driven by an 11-year-old boy crashed into the crowd at a go-kart track at Storrington, West Sussex. Two girls aged 11 and 12 suffered head and leg injuries.

Fair fault

A FAULTY brake on a fairground ride was blamed by the Health and Safety Executive for an accident last weekend at Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, which injured seven children aged 14 to 16 who were thrown from the 'Top Flip' ride when it suddenly restarted as they climbed off.

Baby killed

Christopher Dearlove, 25, a carpenter from Bexleyheath, south-east London, was charged with the murder of his two-month-old son Michael who died of head injuries.

Half of all nurseries 'offer poor care'

HALF of Britain's day nurseries provide poor or mediocre standards of care, a new survey claimed today.

Letter: Children with three sets of grandparents

Sir: Barbara Muir (Letters, 19 July) makes the point that a child born to a lesbian couple by donated sperm is deprived 'of the love and influences of its paternal grandparents'. What is so special about paternal grandparents? The child would have two lots of grandparents, and that is what matters. It might even have three lots if the couple were on good terms with the donor.
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Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

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Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

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Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

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How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

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A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

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12 best children's shoes

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Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

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Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

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UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London