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A man has been arrested by officers investigating allegations of serious sexual abuse at care homes in North Wales, police have confirmed.

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Former minister Liam Fox says gay marriage plans are divisive

Tory MP said move would please only 'a very small, if vocal, minority'

Editorial: A long way to go in our response to sex crimes

Weaknesses in the police and criminal justice systems are only part of the problem
A woman holds a banner in a London protest against the police and courts

100,000 assaults. 1,000 rapists sentenced. Shockingly low conviction rates revealed

Latest statistics also show difficulties in persuading victims to report attacks

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke told Sky News the changes would allow judges and coroners to have access to more information instead of the

Why rape convictions are so hard to get

Our writer, reflecting on her experience on a rape jury a few years ago, says that regardless of avoidable police mistakes getting a guilty verdict is exceptionally tough

Judge forced to revoke jail term after sentencing teenager for wrong crime

A judge was forced into an embarrassing retreat after he sentenced a teenager for the wrong crime, it emerged today.

Erotic film accidentally aired during Swedish news programme

Staff at a Swedish TV Channel were left red-faced after accidentally airing a porn film in the background of a news segment about Syria.

Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall denies sex abuse charges

'It's A Knockout' star appeared at Preston Magistrates Court to face three counts of indecent assault committed between 1974 and 1984

‘Imposter’ wins rape appeal as victim was unmarried

A California appeals court has overturned the rape conviction of a man who had sex with a sleeping woman on the basis of legislation dating to 1872, which says only married women are protected from rape by “imposters”.

Copy of sex manual banned for 200 years goes on sale...but there's little to make modern readers blush

'Aristotle's Compleat Master-Piece' first appeared around 1680 and sets out some dubious 17th century advice on sexual relationships and how to conceive

Indians holds candles to condemn the brutal gang-rape of a woman

India gang-rape victim dies in hospital

The victim of a gang-rape in New Delhi died at a Singapore hospital tonight as officials in the Indian state of Punjab fired and suspended police officers accused of ignoring the rape of another woman, who then committed suicide.

Armageddon some!: As the Mayan apocalypse nears, New Yorkers make love like there's no tomorrow

Commitment-phobes rejoice! Finally there's an opportunity to engage in casual sex without worrying about how to shirk brunch plans later.

Lostprophets express 'shock' at bandmate Ian Watkins' arrest on child sex charges

Bandmates of Lostprophets lead singer Ian Watkins have spoken of their shock at his arrest on sex abuse charges.

The most terrifying spider in the world builds a fake spider decoy to trick its victims

If you thought the film Arachnophobia was the scariest thing you've seen - probably best to stop reading now.

Jimmy Savile's former producer Ted Beston arrested and bailed in abuse investigation

A former BBC radio producer for Jimmy Savile is understood to be the latest person to be arrested by police investigating sexual abuse by the broadcaster.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn failed to end the criminal investigation into his alleged role in organising sex parties with prostitutes in the US and France and Belgium

Dominique Strauss-Kahn fails to have final sex charge thrown out

The former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, failed today to free himself of his last remaining accusation of sexual misconduct.

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

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

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
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
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
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
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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