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Man who filmed himself raping a woman at knifepoint on his iPad is jailed

A man who filmed himself raping a woman at knifepoint on his tablet computer was today jailed for six years.

Winter: Five Windows on the Season, By Adam Gopnik

A genially erudite writer strides across the snow – but lingers too long by the ice-hockey rink

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.

Bradley Wiggins winning the Olympic time trial

Bradley Wiggins the shining light in sea of stars at the Sports Personality of the Year awards

Cyclist who became first Briton to win Tour de France rounds off his superb year with award

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse – Review

Stewie takes on his evil half-brother Bertram in Heavy Iron Studios’ warped cartoon shooter.

Photo-Me aiming to clean up with washing machines idea

Not all of us like airing our dirty laundry in public — except Photo-Me International that is, which is planning to roll out coin-operated washing machines in car parks and shopping centres across the UK.

Scientists warn of sperm count crisis

Biggest-ever study confirms drastic decline in male reproductive health

Onesies voted worst fashion trend of 2012

What do you think is the most unattractive fashion trend of 2012?

Still from the video of The Independent's undercover reporter talking to an 'assessor' from SponsorAScholar.co.uk

Man behind ‘sex for tuition fees’ website is named - students were offered up to £15,000 a year to cover cost of university

Student tells how she was encouraged to dress as a schoolgirl before being pressured into sex

Activists display a banner with pictures of missing people during a protest in May

Mexico: More than 25,000 people disappear in six years

Unpublished official figures show cost of chaos and violence enveloping country in fight against drug gangs

Boris Godunov, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Royal Shakespeare Company is the natural home for Pushkin's great drama with its echoes of Macbeth and the history plays and its prudent policy of commenting on the political turmoil of its own era, the 1820s, through a depiction of the unrest in an earlier period - Moscow at the cusp of the seventeenth century.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale – Review

An unsubtle fighter derived from brute force and blunt objects.

Foreign hopes lift spirits at Mothercare

The promise of overseas riches cheered up investors in Mothercare yesterday after the company posted yet another loss.

James Allen savagely attacked 81-year-old Colin Dunford in his Middlesbrough terrace home, then three days later stabbed Julie Davison, 50, to death at her flat in Whitby, North Yorkshire

'Brutal' double killer James Allen jailed for 37 years

Allen was on the run from police when he attacked 81-year-old Colin Dunford and 51-year-old Julie Davison

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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

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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

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
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

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60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

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