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

Chemist charged with $3.6m insider trading

A chemist working at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been charged with insider trading, after amassing what the authorities said was $3.6m (£2.2m) in profit from illegally trading on his advance knowledge of the regulator's product approval decisions.

Shock as Boots chief steps down

Health and beauty chain Alliance Boots has announced the shock resignation of boss Andy Hornby after less than two years in the role.

A Widow's Story: A Memoir, By Joyce Carol Oates

It is difficult to open novelist Joyce Carol Oates's powerful and revealing chronicle of her widowhood without crying

Protesters reject Yemen reform plan

Yemen's embattled president has failed to pacify protesters with plans to draw up a new constitution.

Robin Scott-Elliot: Presenters leave the safety of the studio at their own peril

View From The Sofa: World Cup cricket/Premier League, Sky Sports/ESPN

MasterChef judge falls foul of inspectors

A London restaurant owned by the MasterChef judge John Torode has received only two out of a potential five stars for cleanliness.

Vetting plan for shop staff is scaled down

Retail pharmacists and opticians will win a reprieve after it emerged the Government is poised to scale back the reach of its controversial Vetting and Barring Scheme, which would have covered some 100,000 staff.

Sloane Crosley: 'We’ve come to expect so little from online privacy measures'

The real world is in revolt. Sick of the lack of boundaries online, real-life privacy is now all the rage. When Facebook changed its privacy model last year, the world staged a minor hissy-fit for about a week before it got over it.

Pop star jailed over home-made sex tapes

An Indonesian pop star who rocked the predominantly Muslim nation after several home-made sex tapes found their way to the internet was sentenced today to three and a half years in jail.

Police use CS gas against protest over tax evasion

Police sprayed protesters with CS gas yesterday at a demonstration in central London against tax evasion.

Drug company apologises after women are unable to get contraceptive pills

Thousands of women using three big-brand contraceptive pills are being turned away from pharmacies because of manufacturing problems affecting supply of the drugs.

The Business On: Andy Hornby, chief executive, Alliance Boots

He looks familiar

Boots defies the snow to keep marching forward

Alliance Boots, the pharmacy and health and beauty giant, achieved a 15.6 per cent leap in total revenues in the final quarter of 2010, despite challenging trading and the UK's heavy snowfall.

Parents urged to get at-risk children vaccinated

Parents were urged today to get their children vaccinated against flu if they fall into at-risk groups.

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End of the Aussie brain drain

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