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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

Vital Signs

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

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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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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

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Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before