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App maker Rovio's website hacked after documents released by Edward Snowden suggested spy services had targeted game's users to extract data

'Secrecy' of social workers makes them look ‘idiotic’ Social workers must ‘explain more’ after Ukip case

Social workers must be more willing to explain their decisions to the public because a culture of secrecy is allowing sensible rulings to be seen as “random and idiotic”, according to the policy expert who carried out the Government’s independent review of the profession.

DVD: Peep Show: Series 8 (15)

It's still the best thing David Mitchell and Robert Webb have ever been involved in and it's probably, along with Father Ted, Channel 4's funniest sitcom.

‘It was awkward when the mother had to hand over our twins’

Wombs for hire: Number of wealthy British couples seeking foreign surrogates trebles in five years

Wealthy British couples who cannot have children are increasingly seeking “wombs for hire” from women overseas, according to figures obtained by The Independent.

Bishop of Liverpool: 'People in nightclubs were kissing the Hillsborough report as if it were a sacred text’

After exposing the Hillsborough cover-up, the Bishop of Liverpool is now looking at Northern Ireland, he tells Jonathan Brown

This week's big questions: Are you worried by the rise of Ukip? What do you do when you pass someone sleeping rough?

This week's questions are answered by John Bird, founder of The Big Issue

Youth workers are for life... and the astonishingly brave life-savers at Prospex need your help

Income for charities has been decimated by the financial crash, but were it not for this group, hundreds if not thousands of young people simply would not be alive

'Ukip foster couple' have party's full support after Eastern European children removed from their care

Two UK Independence Party (Ukip) supporters who are threatening to sue Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council after it took away their Eastern European foster children will be “backed to the hilt” by the party.

A series of blunders: Social worker left papers containing sexual abuse allegations in plastic bag on train

A social worker left papers containing sexual abuse allegations in a plastic bag on a train in one of a series of blunders that saw fines for data breaches at councils hit £1.9 million.

The involvement of the press in my son's case was overwhelmingly positive

I support calls for the press to be given more access to report more openly the cases heard in the Court of Protection. In 2011, I was involved in the much reported case Neary vs Hillingdon. I originally approached the media for coverage of our case out of sheer desperation. At the time, my son, Steven, was under an unlawful deprivation of liberty authorisation and I had been unable to secure legal representation.

Lord Justice Leveson

Leveson is reporting on an issue of trust, not truss. Journalists should face true scrutiny too

An Office for Journalistic Responsibility would be too much. But why don't the press collectively fund a website to offer instant right of reply to those they write about?

The sexual exploitation of children is a cause of far more criminality than most of us dare to imagine

Every one of us can do more to protect children - and should

Good parenting outranks all other considerations

Social work has always been rooted in a campaigning commitment to social justice and anti-discrimination, so there's always been a sensitivity to racial and cultural difference. There's always been a strong sense of the needs of minority children in the system and that these needs should be a focus of campaigns. For years people thought the solution was to try to get the same ethnic match with adopters. In general, there was a kind of anxiety that black kids were already suffering from extra difficulties and as a buffer against racism in the long term you should find adopters that look like them.

Council will investigate why children were removed from Rotherham foster family who were Ukip members after Michael Gove and Ed Miliband weigh in to row

A council that removed three children from the care of foster parents who are members of Ukip is to hold an investigation into the decision, it said today.

Thousands of hospitals, care homes and clinics fail quality test says Care Quality Commission

Thousands of hospitals, care homes and clinics across England are failing to meet at least one essential safety or quality standard amid serious concerns about future risks to patients as services struggle to cope with less money and rising demands, a comprehensive report reveals today.

Editorial: Words alone will not save children from neglect

Notwithstanding his rather Victorian choice of words, the Education Secretary's attack on the "physical and moral squalor" in which too many children are forced to live is both powerful and – sadly – justified.

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

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