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John Weldon gave his ex-girlfriend a drug he believed would cause her to miscarry

Ailing Jankovic sent tumbling

Jelena Jankovic, the top seed, went out of the Kremlin Cup at the first hurdle after a 6-1 6-2 thrashing by little-known Kazakh teenager Zarina Diyas yesterday. Serbia's former world No 1, who had a bye in the first round, looked out of sorts from the start and was beaten in less than an hour by the 268th-ranked Diyas.

Accused Saudi prince: Aide fell and banged his head

A Saudi prince accused of murdering his servant told police the dead man had fallen and banged his head after drinking, a court heard today.

Revealed: The rural flies with a taste for city flesh

They are small, winged, and have a thirst for human blood. And their scissor-like mandibles are sharp enough to deliver a painful bite.

Scavenger seagulls carry superbugs

Seagulls from a species that feeds on garbage are harbouring drug-resistant superbugs, a study has found.

Cockroaches 'may help beat superbugs'

Cockroaches have long been regarded as an unwanted pest but in fact they could hold the secret to treating the most resilient of superbugs, scientists said today.

New superbug spreads to UK hospitals

International travel and medical tourism helped the spread of drug-resistant bacteria that could lead to the end of antibiotics, scientists warned today.

DNA analysis key to beating MRSA

The genes of common bacteria could yield a "treasure trove" of therapeutic drugs to combat the growing problem of drug-resistant bacteria, a leading scientist said yesterday.

Meningitis patient died after 'communication breakdown'

A woman who was denied antibiotics that could have saved her from dying from meningitis texted photographs of the rash spreading across her body in the hours before her death, an inquest heard.

Curry spices for cows and sheep could cut methane emissions

Curry spices could hold the key to reducing the enormous greenhouse gas emissions given off by grazing animals such as sheep, cows and goats, scientists have claimed.

Electrifying Englishman enjoys a following wind

The topography of this place had long been embroidered into each of the 78 hearts still beating in the third round of the Open. For the penultimate pair, however, it lay before them in the wind and sunshine as a battlefield not just to conquer but to defend – a fastness of their own island. After pounding their first drives, Paul Casey and Lee Westwood marched down the fairway and heard the galleries not so much urging them to succeed as imploring them.

Katy Guest: Boris's charm is an acquired taste at best. It makes me sick

It's more baffling than the Large Hadron Collider. More nauseating than the "walls of fat" being scraped from London's sewers. The summer news story that has everyone bringing up breakfast this weekend is as predictable as it is inexplicable. It fills me with more impotent fury than if every tourist on the London Tube simultaneously stopped dead right in the doorway to the Circle Line.

Fox attack parents speak out over 'freak occurrence'

The parents whose sleeping baby twins were attacked by a fox said it was probably a "freak occurrence" but they are still too frightened to leave doors and windows open.

Brits available for final after avoiding ban

The Saracens hooker Schalk Brits was reprimanded and warned as to his future conduct by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel yesterday. The South African pleaded guilty to making a foul and abusive gesture to the crowd as he was substituted during Sarries' 32-23 win at Leicester on 8 May.

Ireland name O'Connell in summer tour squad

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has been included in a 33-man squad for this summer's tour of Australia and New Zealand despite having been a major doubt with a groin injury.

Computers beat doctors at diagnosing child illnesses

A computer has proved more accurate in diagnosing severe fever in children than doctors using their clinical judgement, researchers have found.

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