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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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It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
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It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine