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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.

Seven men in court on child sex charges

Seven men were due to appear in court today charged with a range of offences against a 14-year-old girl including rape, attempted rape and human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

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Keir Starmer says overhaul of criminal justice system's efforts to tackle sex abuse will head off 'another Savile moment in five or 10 years' time'

Hundreds of child sex investigations to be reopened as part of 'radical' plans to tackle sexual abuse in wake of Jimmy Savile scandal

Keir Starmer says overhaul of criminal justice system's efforts to tackle sex abuse will head off 'another Savile moment in five or 10 years' time'

Mentally ill people nearly five times more likely to be victims of murder than general population

People suffering from mental illness are almost five times more likely to be victims of murder than the general population, researchers have found .

McMillian had been advised not to continue campaigning

Family of slain gay candidate say it was hate crime

Marco McMillian was campaigning to be first openly homosexual Mississippi mayor

Julian Barnes says writing about sex is difficult

Sense of another kind of ending? Julian Barnes says authors who write about sex should always expect to be laughed at

Novelist Julian Barnes has opened up about the pitfalls involved in writing about sex.

The News Matrix: Tuesday 5 March 2013

Author says it's hard to write about sex

Editorial: The O'Brien affair is not over yet

When Cardinal Keith O'Brien stepped down last week, he might have hoped that the furore over allegations of sexual misconduct would swiftly conclude. After all, he was leaving his position as the head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, forgoing his right to attend the papal conclave, and retiring from public life.

Five-year-olds among thousands of young people accused of sex offences

Children as young as five are among thousands of under-18s who have been accused of sexual offences against other children, according to new statistics.

Bath Literature Festival: Protect young women with a ban on pornography, panel hears

Panellists debate right to free speech and moral obligation to protect the vulnerable

'Necrophilia-obsessed' girl among double murder accused in three-way sex case

Boyfriend of Alisa Massaro is reported to have helped her fulfil her fantasy

Facebook

Father fails in legal bid to ban ‘vulnerable’
daughter, 13, from Facebook

Facebook has more than one billion profiles from across the world using its social network site

Michael Le Vell leaves Manchester Magistrates Court where he made his first court appearance accused of child sex offences

Twitter user arrested over claim alleged victim in Michael Le Vell child sex case was named

A Twitter user has been arrested by police over claims he used the micro-blogging site to name an alleged child sex victim in the case involving Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell.

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Sentenced to 100 lashes in the Maldives: 15-year-old girl 'raped by stepfather who then murdered baby'

A teenage girl in the Maldives who was repeatedly raped by her stepfather has been ordered to receive 100 lashes after she confessed to having had pre-marital sex with another man. She is said to be deeply traumatised.

Oscar Pistorius used 'herbal remedy'

Oscar Pistorius's representatives confirmed the substance found in his bedroom after the shooting death of his girlfriend as Testis compositum, and said it is a herbal remedy used "in aid of muscle recovery".

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Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

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