i Gloria De Piero, politician

Another politician? Surely another scandal of such…

Interview – Kathryn MacPherson, undergraduate student, 21

Interviewer (RM): Do you vote (regularly, rarely etc.)?

Researchers estimate that 40 per cent of the 300 cot death cases in the UK each year could be prevented if parents only brought children into their beds for comfort and feeding, but not sleeping.

Cot Death: Doctors and scientists should be clear when official advice changes

They told us that a child on its back could choke on its own vomit and die - scary stuff, so we did as we were told, even though babies have slept on their backs for millennia

Maternity units shamed but not named in first-time study

New anonymised report gives hospitals time to correct poor practice before 2014

There will be no change in the Irish abortion law, says Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny has attempted to quell fallout over contentious changes to abortion rules by claiming that law on the procedure is not being changed.

Charles Darwin

Page 3 Profile: Charles Darwin, father of evolution

Surely we know everything we can about Darwin?

Savita Halappanavar died from septicaemia and a rare strain of E.coli

‘Abortion could have saved dentist’s life,’ inquest hears

Savita Halappanavar, the Indian dentist who died after a miscarriage in an Irish hospital, would probably still be alive if a termination had been carried out before there was a substantial risk to her life, an expert witness has said.

Savita and Praveen Halappanavar on their wedding day in 2008

Savita Halappanavar inquest: Indian dentist who died from miscarriage would probably still be alive if she'd been allowed termination, says expert

An Indian dentist who died after a miscarriage in an Irish hospital would probably be alive if a termination could have legally been carried out before there was a substantial risk to her life, an expert has said.

Darren Dixon with his daughter Sapphire, whose birth left him psychologically scarred

Why the trauma of childbirth on fathers is no joke

Experts say it's time for hospitals to pay more attention to the partners of women who experience difficult labours

Dying mother told abortion a 'Catholic thing'

A senior midwife told an Indian woman her baby could not be terminated as she miscarried in an Irish hospital because “it’s a Catholic thing”, an inquest has heard.

DVD & Blu-ray review: Call the Midwife: Series 2 (12)

Various directors DVD/Blu-ray (355mins)

Gaddafi daughter thrown out of Algeria after 'starting fires'

The daughter of Muammar Gaddafi has been granted asylum in Oman after she was thrown out of her safe house in Algeria for repeatedly setting fires and attacking guards in fits of rage over her situation, it emerged last night.

Human placenta found in an ice cream tub in London

Police are worried that a vulnerable woman may have given birth and require medical attention

Paperback review: The Buddha in the Attic, By Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka based her chorus of young Japanese women emigrating to the United States on the real-life recollections of those who left their homes as girls to marry strangers, and the authenticity of her story is indebted to those memories.

Baby girl born on packed commuter train just an hour after hospital told mum to go home

A baby girl was born on a London commuter train less than an hour after her mother was sent home from hospital, relatives claimed last night.

Pregnant asylum-seekers ‘at risk’ of developing mental and physical health problems

Pregnant asylum seekers in Britain are at “serious risk” of developing mental and physical health problems as a result of systemic failings, a report claims.

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Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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