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

Boots stores report wider North-South trade divide

Alliance Boots, the retail and wholesale pharmaceuticals giant, revealed a sharp divide between trading at its stores in the South of England, including London, and the rest of the country.

The 10 best In-flight beauty

1. Blink-Intensive Teardrop Vials

£5.79, boots.com

You'll look bright-eyed as you trudge through arrivals if you have this pack of 20 individual eyewash vials in your bag.

Demonstrators: 'This violence is not about rage, it's about desperation'

Patrick Cockburn sees Greece's middle classes out in force on the streets of Athens as MPs vote on new austerity measures

MHRA to investigate how healthcare products are repackaged

The regulator of medicines is investigating whether there has been a systemic failure in the way healthcare products are repackaged as the Nurofen Plus recall widened to a police investigation into sabotage.

Probe continues into drug mix-up

Experts are continuing to investigate how some packs of Nurofen Plus came to contain strips of a potentially harmful anti-psychotic drug.

The squalid, lonely death of Ivan Kanev

Abuse of prescription drugs is claiming thousands of young lives

Britons taking STI risks on holiday claims survey

More than one in three Britons (35%) has had unprotected sex with a stranger or new partner while on holiday, according to a poll.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rupert Wyatt, 105 mins (12A)<br/>Project Nim, James Marsh, 93 mins (12A)

In a nimble prequel to 'The Planet of the Apes', the monkeys gain the upper hand &ndash; unlike poor Nim the chimp

Warning over herbal slimming aids

People are being warned against buying "dangerous" herbal slimming aids online.

Riot clean-up: 'Bring brooms, brushes, gloves and heavy-duty rubbish bags'

"They called themselves protesters. This is a protest," said Rachel Philips, defiantly waving her broom outside Clapham Junction station. She was one of thousands who mobilised to clean up the morning after the worst civil unrest on Britain's streets for many decades. "Bring gloves, heavy duty sacks, brooms, brushes and marker pens," instructed a Twitter feed, @RiotCleanUp. It had over 70,000 followers within hours.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails &amp; online postings (31 July 2011)

Donating to crisis appeals such as your Give a Day's Pay appeal for Somalia is extremely important, and saves lives.

Letters: Dangerous to dismiss mass killer as just &lsquo;evil&rsquo;

Anders Behring Breivik imagines himself to be a hero, bravely defending his people from the threat of contamination. He evidently hopes that others, with similar views, will be inspired to emulate his actions.

IoS letters, emails & online postings (24 July 2011)

There's some good advice for the would-be migrant to the English countryside in "Escaping the rat race" (17 July), but there are also omissions.

Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things, By Steven Connor

It doesn't do to bite the hand that feeds one. But have a look through this newspaper. If you're reading this online, have a look through the global interwebs. What you find is that it's all about stuff. Stuff you don't need, most of it. Much of it, stuff you don't want which, thanks to the genius and sheer effort of marketing and advertising, you somehow come to believe you do want. Some of it (insurance is a good example) is stuff they are pretty certain you will never need, which is why they persuade you that you need it urgently, or else.

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