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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

August, the month of `squashed dog' stories: The Independent Archive

3 August 1988 The French like the idea of a security ring round the hospital to repel people intent on killing the pig. This is the Britain they recognise

Down the mines at 15, hands useless at 51

RAYMOND CHAPMAN can barely hold steady his cup of tea. A miner for 37 years, he spent 30 of them chipping away at the coalface of Barnborough main pit.

Outdoors: Beware the bracken fronds

Avoid ferny ground this summer: the plants harbour ticks carrying a debilitating disease. By Malcolm Smith

Travel: Kerala - Where the drip, drip, drip on your forehead is far from torture...

AYURVEDA is the centuries-old Vedic herbal medical approach used in many parts of India. Kerala is its home, and the famous Aryavaidya Sala college and hospital is in the town of Kottakal.

Joys Of Modern Life: 1. velcro sandals

FOR the past 20 years I haven't worn shoes. Where do I go, that I need shoes? I wore trainers, always plain white, whether going to the Groucho Club, while living in London, or walking up Grasmoor, while living in Lakeland. In really nasty weather, I might put on some wellies, but mainly I lived in trainers.

Cause Related Marketing: The name of the game is all in a good cause

Consumers are more than happy to buy a product linked to a charity, but the issue and the product have to complement each other. By Richard Cook

Women in heels totter towards an arthritic future

WOMEN who wear high-heeled shoes risk tottering all the way to the rheumatology clinic, writes Jeremy Laurance.

`Miracle' cure brings blessings on arthritis sufferer and Italian village

ECCLESIASTICAL authorities in Rome are studying evidence that a British woman suffering from chronic arthritis underwent a "miraculous" recovery after visiting a holy shrine.

Hunters put a spin on the seal market

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (AP) - Weary of being branded thugs and butchers, Canada's seal hunters are fighting back with a slick marketing campaign touting such products as seal pepperoni and seal-oil pills.

Did you know that prune awareness week is nearly with us?

When each day is but an opportunity for selling, no cause gets a good outing

Letter: The price of pain rises

PRESCRIPTION and non-prescription medicines are a major cost for the eight million people whose arthritis is so severe it falls within the medical category of "chronic". The main symptom of arthritis is pain.

Man released after 23 years in jail for 'murder that never was'

A 70-YEAR-OLD man spent his first day of freedom in 23 years yesterday after it emerged that the woman he was convicted of murdering probably died of natural causes.

Cannabis Campaign: Campaign Letters

I Was born in 1939. A few years ago I was told my blood pressure was so high that I would succumb quickly via a stroke or heart attack. I was crippled with arthritis and hospitalised three to four times a year. A member of my family suggested cannabis. Out of sheer desperation I tried it. After a week of smoking 3-4 a day my psoriasis had virtually gone and my blood pressure was normal. Decriminalise cannabis for medical reasons, for goodness sake.

NHS to issue guidance on best treatments

The Government is due to publish its White Paper on the future of the NHS next week. Colin Brown, Chief Political Correspondent, reports it will seek to offer fresh hope to some sufferers from stroke, asthma and arthritis.

Health: Twins tell us things about truths about pain that nobody else could

Some people feel pain more readily than others. Is that nature or nurture? New research involving identical and non-identical twins tells us it's nurture says Jeremy Laurance.
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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

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Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

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'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
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It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor