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Retailer has recalled more medicines as a precaution after a possible manufacturing fault was identified

Care-at-home plans for elderly outlined

Plans to extend care for the elderly are at the heart of the Government's final legislative programme before the general election.

A C Grayling: The art of manipulation: when people become mere pawns in a game

From Machiavelli to Mandelson and Simon Cowell, those who manoeuvre others to suit their own ends are irresistibly captivating

Funeral held for Venetians' 'dying city'

Two-thirds of city's natives driven out by flood of tourists who force up prices

Rosehip - Make your skin zing

Forget scientific serums created in a lab – the latest cult beauty ingredient is the rosehip. Bethan Cole reports from Chile

Review ordered into drug advisory council

The Home Office has announced a review of the work of its drug advisory body, it emerged today as the row over the sacking of its former chairman continued.

SS man goes on trial for WWII murders

Wheelchair-bound man faces life term for killing three civilians in Netherlands

Gritta Weil: Editorial secretary who devoted her life to 'The Observer' and its staff

Gritta Weil, who worked at The Observer from 1945 until 1984, has died aged 84. She was one of those rare people whose lives are far more influential than their apparent roles would suggest. In Weil's case, her job description was "editorial secretary" – today, it would without doubt be something grandiose like "editorial office manager". Weil came fully into her own on retirement, when for many years she ran the organisation that sustained the comradeship forged on The Observer over several generations of journalists.

Kenny fears for career as ban appeal fails

The Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny fears for his future career, after the Football Association dismissed his appeal against a nine-month drugs ban yesterday.

Kenny drugs appeal turned down

Sheffield United keeper Paddy Kenny's appeal against a nine-month drugs ban has been dismissed by the Football Association.

Care home treatment of the elderly 'shocking'

Campaigners today slammed the "shocking" treatment of elderly people living in care homes after research revealed seven out of 10 had been given the wrong drugs or doses.

Ambulance service warned over infection control

An ambulance service has been issued with a warning after a health watchdog found it was failing to protect its patients from infections, it was revealed today.

Waitrose targets 300 convenience stores

Waitrose and Alliance Boots to cross-sell products in 'significant' move

Hand gel removed after prisoners make hooch

Hand gel was banned from a prison after inmates got high and started a fight, it was revealed today.

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Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

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Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

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60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

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