"Rape-provoking" miniskirts and crop tops banned by king of Swaziland with offenders facing six months in jail

'Rape-provoking' miniskirts and crop tops banned by king of Swaziland with offenders facing six months in jail Miniskirts and low slung jeans banned in SwazilandThe clothing 'encourages rape' according to police in the tiny African kingdomBut semi-naked dances for all-powerful king are exempt from colonial-era law | UPDATED: 20:32 GMT, 24 December 2012 Police in Swaziland will enforce a colonial law to stop women wearing miniskirts and other 'sexual' clothing. Officers say the clothes 'encourage rape' (file picture) Women in Swaziland have been banned from wearing miniskirts and crop tops because they 'encourage rape' – and offenders face a six-month spell in jail

Give Santa back! Turkish professor calls for return of St Nicholas" bones which were taken to the Vatican in the 11th century

Give Santa back! Turkish professor calls for return of St Nicholas' bones which were taken to the Vatican in the 11th century | UPDATED: 19:22 GMT, 23 December 2012 With an address at the North Pole, every child knows where Santa Claus lives. But the ancient remains of the person on whom the mythical figure of Father Christmas is based are at the centre of a tug-of-war

So you want to legalise cannabis? You must be as dumb as Nick Clegg

So you want to legalise cannabis You must be as dumb as Nick Clegg | UPDATED: 00:50 GMT, 16 December 2012 Perhaps 15 years from now they will be selling Cannabis Cookies in the supermarkets, and the drug itself will be available at your local corner shop. You can guess which famous brand names will be on the packets.

Peter Hitchens: The new census reveals a Britain that would be unrecognisable even to our grandparents

Alien nation: The new census reveals a Britain that would be unrecognisable even to our grandparentsPeter Hitchens says that the Census is not just a description of the state of things on a day in 2011 but a prophetic document telling us where we are goingChristianity is on the decline while Islam is on the up and fewer of us are married for the first time ever | UPDATED: 11:15 GMT, 16 December 2012 Unrecognisable: Peter Hitchens argues that a real and irreversible transformation has only just begun The future will be another country. They will do things differently there

Fifty Shades of Grey: India becomes latest nation to succumb to S&M craze

India becomes latest nation to succumb to S&M craze as conservative nation opens up about sex | UPDATED: 12:06 GMT, 15 December 2012 India may have a reputation as a conservative society where sex is still a taboo subject, but that image could be fading fast. The Asian giant is yet another nation to be swept up in the Fifty Shades of Grey craze, with the best-selling erotic trilogy encouraging S&M fans to come out of the closet for the first time

Alien nation: The new census reveals a Britain that would be unrecognisable even to our grandparents

Alien nation: The new census reveals a Britain that would be unrecognisable even to our grandparentsPeter Hitchens says that the Census is not just a description of the state of things on a day in 2011 but a prophetic document telling us where we are goingChristianity is on the decline while Islam is on the up and fewer of us are married for the first time ever | UPDATED: 22:00 GMT, 15 December 2012 Unrecognisable: Peter Hitchens argues that a real and irreversible transformation has only just begun The future will be another country. They will do things differently there. The Census is not just a description of the state of things on a day in 2011, it is a prophetic document telling us where we are going, whether we like it or not

Autumn Statement: Labour refuses to back 1% cap on benefits rises but minister insists the era of the "generous" welfare state is over

Labour refuses to back 1% cap on benefits rises but minister insists the era of the 'generous' welfare state is over Pensions minister Steve Webb warns the state of the nation's finances means 'difficult decisions' had to be made George Osborne used the Autumn Statement to say rises in working age benefits will be capped at 1 per cent from April 2013 Chancellor said the cap would be enshrined in law – forcing Labour to decide whether to oppose limits which polls indicate will be welcomed by the public By Matt Chorley and Tim Shipman PUBLISHED: 00:11 GMT, 6 December 2012 | UPDATED: 00:00 GMT, 7 December 2012 ‘ Lib Dem pensions minister Steve Webb said the state of the public finances meant benefits could not be as 'generous' as they were in the past Labour is refusing to back the unprecedented cuts to welfare benefits outlined by George Osborne in his Autumn Statement. Ministers have insisted that Britain can no longer afford the ‘generous’ handouts of the past, but in its verdict on the statement, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said that its effect will be to take from the poor and give to the middle.