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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.

A Valentine's Day message from Doctor Love: is your relationship doomed?

A quick test for you and your partner

The anonymity provided by the sites has made them a hotbed for sexual pressure, bullying and abuse

Next generation of social media 'exposing girls to sexual abuse'

Increasingly popular 'question and answer' websites accused of exploiting children

Peter Acworth prepares props to shoot a bondage scene inside the historic armoury where San Francisco police found an indoor shooting range

Kink in the clink: British bondage king faces cocaine charge in San Francisco

He has made a fortune from indulging people’s most extreme sexual fantasies, but now Peter Acworth, the British chief executive of the San Francisco-based bondage porn website Kink.com, has been brought low by a disappointingly workaday vice.

David Cecil was kicked out of the country on Monday, apparently on government orders

British producer sent home over 'gay' play forced to leave Ugandan family

A British theatre producer was deported from Uganda after staging a play about homosexuality in the increasingly homophobic African nation.

Editorial: The absurd laxity of Britain's police

There is much to be applauded in the latest efforts to root out corruption in the police. In fact, amid the Home Secretary’s plans to expand the Independent Police Complaints Commission, create a national list of struck-off officers, and require the declaration of all gifts, hospitality and second jobs, the truly glaring question is how such simple strictures come not to be in place already.

The story of the ‘ex-gay’ blogger exposed on Grindr isn’t funny, it’s just heartbreaking

I struggled coming to terms with my own sexuality - and I certainly don't expect an apology from Matt Moore

Hyper sexual Carnival atmosphere has a dark side for Rio's women

This notorious festival  encourages the objectification of women

Haul of British Press Award nominations for The Independent

The Independent’s journalism has been recognised with  11 nominations for this year’s British Press Awards, with sister titles i, The Independent on Sunday and the London Evening Standard also well represented on the shortlists.

Fanny and Stella, By Neil McKenna

Victorian London's most celebrated cross-dressing duo take the stage – and the stand – again

Book of a lifetime: The Alexandria Quartet, By Lawrence Durrell

I am embarrassed to enjoy Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet so much. It was an early passion of mine and one I revisit for the blowsy comfort it provides and for the disconcerting peeling-off of its truly Byzantine plot. I was 17 when I first encountered what the author described as "a four-decker novel whose form is based on the relativity proposition."

Four footballers likely to face retrial over sexual assault case

Four footballers are likely to face a retrial for sexual assault after an Old Bailey jury failed to reach verdicts.

British broadcaster Stuart Hall has been charged with one offence of rape and 14 offences of indecent assault

Stuart Hall vows to 'regain his reputation' as he faces sex offence allegations

The veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has vowed to 'regain his reputation' as he faces sex offence allegations.

It was not widely known Mike Freer, a Tory MP, was gay

Mike Freer: A gay Tory MP on why he went public

Mike Freer hesitated for a long time over whether to say anything at all when his fellow MPs argued over whether to legalise gay marriage. He is one of the newer MPs and it was not widely known in Parliament that he is gay.

Shocked at the Japanese pop star who shaved her head for having a boyfriend and betraying band rules? Look around you

Minami Minegishi's band AKB48 embody the disturbing schoolgirl fantasy: naïve and submissive, yet unattainable - and the hypocrisy isn't unique to Japanese culture

65-year-old man held in Jimmy Savile investigation

Police investigating allegations linked to Jimmy Savile and others have arrested a 65-year-old man.

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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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