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The Confidant, By Hélène Grémillon. Gallic Books, £7.99

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Kenyan mother names newborn twins Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

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Negligence by maternity staff has cost NHS £3.1bn over 10 years

Botched care in pregnancy and childbirth has led to more than 5,000 successful negligence claims against the maternity services over the last decade – costing the NHS £3.1bn.

Pedestrian flats and tickling highs are exactly what you get with John Bishop's latest offering

John Bishop: Rollercoaster Tour, 02 Arena, London

The title of his tour is 'Rollercoaster' and pedestrian flats and tickling highs are exactly what you get with John Bishop's latest offering.

Hollande calls inquiry after pregnant woman loses baby in rush to hospital

The still-birth of a baby on a French motorway has started a political row over cuts in medical care in a country often said to have one of the best health systems in the world.

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