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Vasile Belea was separated from his son in Stockwell station when the tube doors closed on him before he could enter the train carriage

Son freed over mercy killing

A devoted son who helped his elderly mother commit suicide to end her life of pain walked free from court yesterday.

Racing: Carmine Lake speeds to l'Abbaye triumph

British-based trainers may have been out of luck in the Arc, but they dominated the rest of the weekend at Longchamp winning six races and walking off with the championship events for both stayers and sprinters, writes John Cobb.

Letter: Any publicity about breast cancer is good

Thank goodness in the breast cancer debate. As a victim, I am naturally grateful for the attentions of the medical profession, but perplexed as to why this particular form of illness is deemed so important. We all have to die of something and a premature exit from breast cancer seems preferable to many other lingering, but less emotive, conditions on which more effort and money might be spent - chronic arthritis, for example, or long-term psychiatric illness.

Health: Digitally reworked

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The Investment Column: Scotia scrabbles for a success

Scotia's recent licensing deal for Foscan, its cancer laser treatment, looks good, but that should not blinker investors to the fact that, after eight years at the bench, the biotechnology group has still not proved the worth of its controversial oil-based technology. The agreement struck with Boerhinger Ingelheim of Germany and the Japanese group Kyowa Hakko is welcome. It boosts the group's fast-depleting cash pile and gives Scotia a generous 25 per cent royalties on future sales.

Growing pains: a childhood mystery

The night-time limb discomfort that troubles up to 20 per cent of children has been medically recognised, but experts can't agree on its causes. Emma Haughton reports

Gold rings can prevent arthritis

HEALTH

Shrink-wrapped me!

Bodywrapping, says Melissa Nathan, makes you look like a cross between Tutankhamen and a Tellytubby - but it's worth it

Martha Gellhorn, 88, files her last war report - from Wales

One of the world's great reporters tells Tim Minogue why she revisited some survivors of the miners' strike

SmithKline halts trials in arthritis drug setback

SmithKline Beecham said yesterday that late-stage trials of a significant new drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis had to be stopped because of a potentially dangerous effect on the immune system of patients.

T-Rex's bite made worse by his gout

It was grumpy, loud, and carnivorous: and the classic image of Tyrannosaurus Rex, the archetypal dinosaur, may have had a lot do with its appetite, according to work by American scientists. For the "tyrant king" of the now-extinct beasts had gout, says a study of fossilised bones and joints. This would have made movement painful - just as it does for human sufferers of the condition.

Celltech trial failure sends shares plummeting

The risks of gambling on biotechnology stocks were starkly illustrated yesterday after the share price of Celltech, the UK's second biggest company in the sector, crashed by almost half. The company's shares fell 289p to 341p as the group said its leading product, a drug for septic shock, had failed final stage clinical trials.

Breakthrough for arthritis treatment

A pioneering inflammation therapy offers new hope for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis, it was announced yesterday. Researchers from 11 European countries, led by Barry Bresnihan, Professor of Rheumatology at University College, Dublin, have developed a naturally occurring chemical messenger made by the body so that it can be used as a treatment.
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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen