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Carl King killed off on Emmerdale's 40th birthday

Soap fans were treated to high drama as Emmerdale celebrated its 40th birthday with a live episode in which Carl King (Tom Lister) was battered to death with a brick.

In Astérix au service de Sa Majesté (Astérix on Her Majesty’s Service), the indomitable Gaul and his gigantic buddy, Obelix, take their resistance to Roman rule across the Channel

Asterix movie has the Gaul to poke fun at the British

However much the island now governed by Davidcameronix may have changed over the years, the indomitable French clichés about Britain will always, and forever, resist.

Mary Ann Sieghart: Ideology pretending to be science

How wonderful to have a feminist as minister for Women! It's a comfort to know that Maria Miller has our interests at heart. She doesn't want to reduce the abortion limit from 24 to 20 weeks because she disapproves of abortion. Oh, no. She's "driven by the practical impact that late-term abortion has on women". And she says that medical advances allow more premature babies to survive. She's even a "very modern feminist".

Why a modern feminist like Maria Miller should look at the facts before airing her views on abortion

If medical science allows a 22-week old foetus to be viable, perhaps the abortion limit should change. In the meantime, the minister should hold back on her lifestyle advice

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Mo Farah celebrates birth of twin daughters

Olympic gold medal hero Mo Farah was celebrating his second double success of the summer today after his wife gave birth to twin girls.

Gulliver’s Travels, Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

A neighing woman with a tail and mane leads a real horse onto the straw-strewn stage. Radu Stanca National Theatre of Sibiu is famous for its epic productions and vast ensembles; to compensate for this regular sized stage and manageable cast (just the 18), Silviu Purcărete adds a four-legged extra.

The Girl on the Stairs, By Louise Welsh

Berlin becomes the backdrop for another sinister and stylish mystery from a perfectionist.

Lucy Porter: People Person, The Stand, Edinburgh Festival

After getting pregnant “twice in the same tax year” the always glowing Lucy Porter returns to the Edinburgh Fringe after a two year absence - a long break by the standards of this petite comic’s big appetite for the festival.

Last night's viewing - The Midwives, BBC2; Networks of Power with Sir Christopher Meyer, Sky Atlantic

On the one hand, you have the Olympics opening ceremony, in which NHS nurses are beaming angels of mercy who think it's an absolute lark when the patients bounce on the beds.

Skinner says: 'When I was a child I wanted to...be a singing cowboy. It was the perfect combo of showbiz and the outdoor life'

Frank Skinner: My baby son is a tough audience

New father Frank Skinner says his baby son is his toughest audience to date.

Frank Skinner: Baby son is a tough audience

New father Frank Skinner says his baby son is his toughest audience to date.

Placenta found in Gloucestershire woods was from baby boy, say police

A placenta found by a dog walker after it was discarded in woodland was from a baby boy, police said today.

Joshua Titcombe died in 2008 as a result of failings at a UHMBT unit

Watchdog waited two years to act over failing maternity units

Care Quality Commission knew of fears about care standards at NHS trust, internal documents show

Investigation underway after placenta found in Gloucestershire woods

Police have launched an investigation after a placenta and medical equipment were found discarded in woods.

Indian troops deployed to quell ethnic violence in Assam

Thousands of troops marched through the north-eastern state of Assam yesterday to quell ethnic violence that has killed at least 38 people. But roving bands of rioters continued sporadic attacks, ripping apart homes and setting them alight.

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