i Gloria De Piero, politician

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Caleb and Katie Medley

Son is born as father battles for his life after cinema killings

Heavily pregnant Katie Medley and her husband, Caleb, were at the midnight showing of the Batman film as a final date before they became parents, when the gunman burst in and rained bullets through the cinema.

Doting dads 'make babies behave better'

The level of engagement fathers have with their children in the first months of life may influence the development of behavioural problems later.

Jenny Agutter, Laura Main, Miranda Hart, George Rainsford and Pam Ferris in Call The Midwife

Midwives bicycle across the pond in Downton Abbey's wake

American viewers couldn't get enough of the class snobbery and grandeur of Downton Abbey. But will the misery of the East End's post-war slums prove quite as appealing when Call The Midwife becomes the latest British drama to cross the Atlantic?

Uma Thurman gives birth to a baby girl

It's a girl for Uma Thurman and her financier boyfriend. 

Damning state of care found at ‘safe’ NHS trust

Chronic shortage of doctors, nurses and porters – and patients fainting from pain

Cancellara in the yellow jersey on this year's tour

Tour de France: Fabian Cancellara withdraws from Tour

Fabian Cancellara has withdrawn from the Tour de France ahead of today's 148-kilometre 11th stage from Albertville to La Toussuire.

The popular sadomasochistic paperback 50 Shades of Grey can take credit for a spike in newborns next year, as well as reviving marriages

Freakonomics: How '50 Shades' is reshaping the world. Sort of...

Another day, another 50 Shades of Grey story. So what is the latest development being attributed to the popularity of E L James' sadomasochistic tale, now the fastest-selling paperback of all time?

Warning over shortage of midwives

The Government must address the "serious shortage" of midwives, the Royal College of Midwives said, as an independent report found that numbers of staff are one of the main challenges facing maternity services.

London: Turn your teapot lids* into proper cockneys

Pity the proper cockney, edged out of East London by hipsters with skinny trousers but wallets fat enough to pay ever-rising rents, their oranges and lemons (say the Bells of St Clements) replaced with artisanal cupcakes.

Suicide leading cause of death for India youths

Suicide is the second most common cause of death for young people in India, a country with one of the highest suicide rates in the world, research published today showed.

Midwife who went for a cup of tea while patient gave birth is struck off medical register

A midwife who went for a cup of tea while a patient was giving birth has been struck off the medical register.

Mothercare to slash costs after £103m loss

The new chief executive of Mothercare has vowed to be "ruthless" in cutting its UK costs, competing aggressively on price and driving online growth to turn around the domestic operation.

Caesarean births are linked to childhood obesity, says new report

Babies born by Caesarean section are twice as likely to be obese in childhood, researchers claim.

Research has suggested that dieting during pregnancy could reduce complications for women and lead to healthier babies

Now dieting in pregnancy is good for you

Study finds losing weight benefits mother and child, overturning decades of advice

Malaika Brooks was stunned on the leg, arm and neck with a Taser gun

Tasering a pregnant woman: excessive police force or not?

Seattle officers contest appeal court verdict on 2004 confrontation over speeding ticket

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links