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26/11/2013 02:49 GMT | Updated 26/11/2013 03:18 GMT

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, November 26

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SHOCK AT CHILD-TO-CHILD SEX ATTACKS

Children are committing shocking sexual assaults against each other, "profoundly distressing" evidence suggests.

The scale and nature of this sexual violence - including rape - indicates a "deep malaise" within society that needs to be dealt with, according to a damning report by the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England.

ZERO-HOURS 'UNFAIRLY DEMONISED'

Workers on zero-hours contracts are more likely to be happy with their work-life balance than other employees, according to a new study.

GRILLING FOR ENERGY REGULATOR BOSSES

The head of the energy regulator will today appear before MPs after disclosing that the earnings of Britain's Big Six suppliers have multiplied five-fold to more than £1 billion since 2009.

READ MORE AT THE EVENING STANDARD

SLAVE SUSPECT A 'TOOTHLESS OLD MAN'

Slavery suspect Aravindan Balakrishnan was more of a "toothless old man" than a "charismatic" figure, according to the cousin of a woman whom it was claimed lived in his commune for more than 20 years.

READ MORE AT THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH

CABLE REVEALS CO-OP MEETINGS

Treasury ministers held a "fairly substantial number" of meetings with the troubled Co-operative Bank over a plan for it to take over branches of Lloyds, Business Secretary Vince Cable has said.

READ MORE AT THE BBC

INDEPENDENCE BLUEPRINT PUBLISHED

The long-awaited blueprint for Scottish independence is published today with the promise it will answer hundreds of questions about the country's future.

READ MORE AT SKY NEWS

SEX 'LIFELONG ACTIVITY FOR MANY'

Many people in the UK are having sex from their teens into their seventies, according to a major lifestyle survey.

READ MORE AT THE METRO

'MORE CAESAREANS' WITH PRIVATE CARE

Private patients are twice as likely to have pre-planned Caesarean sections as women whose treatment is publicly funded, according to new figures that lend support to the theory that some mothers are "too posh to push".

ARRESTS OVER PIPELINE BLASTS

Police have detained seven employees of China's largest oil refiner, Sinopec, following last week's oil pipeline blast that killed at least 55 people when it ripped through residential and commercial roads in a port city.

READ MORE AT THE WASHINGTON POST

POLITICAL VIOLENCE LEAVES TWO DEAD

Police clashed with opposition supporters demanding that the Bangladesh government drop a plan to hold general elections on January 5 in the latest round of political violence in the country.

READ MORE AT ABC NEWS