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All 50 US states are below freezing as the polar vortex sworls around North America, shattering temperature records and causing a collective shudder across the continent.

Barf a minute: From Justin Bieber's vomit to Lady Gaga's onstage 'oops' moment

In August Lady Gaga shocked Romanian fans when she took a break from performing to vomit. Last night it was Justin Bieber who suffered fever and chundered in dramatic style while performing in in Glendale, Arizona.

South Yorkshire Police said they awaited MacKenzie's letter 'with interest'

Police should apologise to me over Hillsborough, says Kelvin MacKenzie

Families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster reacted with outrage at the "gall" of former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie after he demanded an apology from South Yorkshire Police because of the "personal vilification" he suffered for "decades" over his infamous "The Truth" headline.

Shoplifter's red-hot surprise

A man has been jailed for 14 weeks after stealing chilli peppers.

Sacha Baron Cohen as Admiral General Aladeen with his bodyguards – ‘all of them virgins’ – at the premiere of The Dictator in London last night

First Night: The Dictator, Royal Festival Hall, London

Baron Cohen's back, with jokes to make Colonel Gaddafi wince

Illness forces Suu Kyi to suspend tour

Aung San Suu Kyi has fallen ill while campaigning in a by-election and has suspended her tour of Burma a week ahead of the polls.

The London 2012 Anti-Doping Laboratory in Harlow

Every British athlete to be drug-tested before start of Games

Every member of Britain's 550-strong Olympic team and 300 Paralympians will be drug-tested at least once between now and this summer's London Games. UK Anti-Doping yesterday announced what it claims will be the most comprehensive pre-Games programme.

Pete Doherty: 'I have a distinct memory of friends I had at school whose parents were, for want of a better word, bohemian. That was the kind of England that I thought I should have belonged to'

Pete Doherty: I was a bit unhinged

As the former Libertine prepares his UK debut as an artist, he talks frankly and exclusively to Matilda Battersby about Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse, his baby daughter and why he paints with his own blood

The Train in the Night, By Nick Coleman

Grown-ups sit round dinner tables and actually discuss which would be worse to lose: sight or hearing? Can they see themselves? Can they hear themselves? Nick Coleman wasn't given the choice. He plonked down two cups of tea, put his head back on the pillow and pffffff, one ear went permanently offline. A man whose life had been devoted to the perfect, affective order we impose on sound, making some music himself but mostly listening and reporting from its frontlines, was suddenly, brutally returned to what William James called a "blooming, buzzing confusion". Coleman's head was invaded by a noise like a half-blown amplifier or the sound you used to get for three days after a Man gig. Welcome to tinnitus hell.

The urge to purge – Bulimia and addiction

It is disgusting. It is desperate. It is dangerous.

Cruise ship struck by vomiting bug

A major cruise operator says 94 people were stricken with vomiting and diarrhoea while on a five-day voyage around northern Europe.

Charge of the caught-short brigade

A trader plans to give drunken revellers the shock of their lives if they continue urinating against his shop front.

DVD: Sex Drive (15)

The editors of Sex Drive could have trimmed two hours off this smorgasbord of puerility and still have been left with an overweight teen flick.

Ultrasound: Scan has left me concerned

"I've just had a 24-week scan that shows my baby's kidneys are mildly dilated. We have been told that the baby could have urine infections and might even need surgery after birth. What does this all mean? Can dilated kidneys cure themselves, or do they always cause problems?"

Blood Pressure: how to control it

"I have been taking blood-pressure tablets of one kind or another for more than 20 years. Over the past year, I've lost nearly a stone, and have been able to stop one of my two daily tablets. I am now only taking ramipril. I would like to stop the tablets altogether, and control my blood pressure with diet and exercise. Is this an unrealistic hope? What should I be eating? And what exercise should I do? I am 49, female, and my BMI is now just below 25. I don't smoke, but probably drink a bit more than recommended, some weeks at least. My favourite exercise is walking."

Blood pressure: worries about salk intake

I am on a low-salt diet for my blood pressure and I am thinking of installing a water softener. Will the softened water contain much more salt than the hard water I am now drinking?

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