News The number of forensic examinations carried out on victims of rape and serious sexual assault in London has plummeted despite a dramatic rise in attacks being reported to police (the picture was posed by models)

The number of forensic examinations carried out on victims of rape and serious sexual assault in London has plummeted despite a dramatic rise in attacks being reported to police.

Alice Neel: Painted Truths, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

She was the great survivor of American art – and, just maybe, the portraitist who got the measure of Andy Warhol

Alice Neel: Painted Truths, Whitechapel Gallery, London

An artist who's good for the soul

Tube passengers face disruption after cable fire

Thousands of Tube passengers will face disruption today following a cable fire and power failure in east London.

Police attacked during anti-racist march

A man was being questioned today after gangs of youths attacked police officers following an anti-racist march, Scotland Yard said.

Lottery fund to spend £14m improving town centres

Almost £14 million has been earmarked to help regenerate town centres across the UK which are rundown or suffering from neglect, the Heritage Lottery Fund said today.

Rachel Harrison to exhibit at Whitechapel Gallery

An exhibition by artist Rachel Harrison is due to open at the Whitechapel Gallery this Friday.

How We Met: Cathal Coughlan and DJ Taylor

'He was known as this wild man of rock, but he is vastly different to the person I'd read about'

Son held over killing of blind woman, 100

Neighbours say disabled ex-taxi driver was devoted to caring for his mother

Son held over fatal stabbing of 100-year-old

Detectives arrested the son of a 100-year-old woman today after she was found stabbed to death at her home.

Thresholds: works from the British Council collection chosen by Paula Rego, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Many curators and museum makers have tried to make sense of the art of the 20th century, chopping it up into convenient units, herding artists who barely knew each other into groups, telling us that this belongs to that, spinning interminable yarns about this -ism and that -ism. Most of it is journalism.

Where Three Dreams Cross, Whitechapel Gallery, London

A century and half of photographs from the subcontinent wrong-foots Kipling and the post-colonial blow-hards

'My son was killed – and Doherty and his cronies were in some way culpable,' says mother

Sheila Blanco is determined to prove that her son Mark was pushed to his death. Kevin Rawlinson reports

Family of party death man launch attack on police

The family of an actor who died at a party attended by Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty today launched a blistering attack on police handling of the case.

Joan Smith: This shameful gender segregation

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