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25 per cent of Russian men die before they are 55, study reports

Nigella Lawson leaves Isleworth Crown Court, west London

Nigella Lawson denies stashing cocaine in hollowed-out book and tells court 'that regular cocaine users do not look like this'

TV chef tells court: “If you want to put me on trial, put me on trial”

The UK's breast cancer survival rate is below average

UK cancer survival rates ‘lag behind Europe’ for nine of the ten most common forms

Britain’s survival rates for nine of the ten most common forms of cancer lag behind the European averages, a major study has shown.

Dementia costs the UK economy around £23 billion every year

Unprecedented breakthrough in the hunt for a dementia drug within 'five years'

Senior British researchers spearheading efforts to find a cure say that research has entered 'a new era'

Indyplus video: Kill Your Darlings

Olympic diver Tom Daley has revealed he is in a relationship with a man

Tom Daley: YouTube video reveals he is in a relationship with a man

Diver admits his life has been a 'rollercoaster' in recent years but says he couldn't be happier

He Zili, 11, is seen chained to a wall as his grandfather sits next to him at their home in Zhejiang province

11-year-old mentally-ill Chinese boy He Zili lives chained up like a dog

Young boy with mental disorders has been chained by his family in rural China for years

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: And now a word from our sponsors – spin included

Since the advertising ban, the tobacco industry has had to rely on product placement in unexpected contexts, like the House of Commons. “I confess that I enjoyed a Henri Wintermans Café Crème after breakfast this morning on the way to work,” Tory MP Robert Halfon announced, arguing that plain packaging might make it “easier to smuggle counterfeit cigarettes”.

David Cameron postponed plans to introduce plain packaging on cigarettes earlier this year
The Professionals star Lewis Collins has died aged 67

Lewis Collins: The Professionals' Bodie dies at 67 after five-year cancer struggle

The actor died surrounded by his family at home in Los Angeles

Home truths: AN Wilson in front of a CS Lewis mural in the writer’s native Belfast

NHS told to ban smoking near hospitals

Staff should be told not to help patients out of bed when they want to smoke

Clinical: Bernardine Bishop

Costa Book Awards 2013: Bernardine Bishop leads all-female shortlist

Maggie O’ Farrell, Evie Wyld and Kate Atkinson compete with late author Bernardine Bishop for the title of best novel

Robert Peston’s wife, the novelist Sian Busby, died aged 51 last year after suffering lung cancer

Robert Peston berates Daily Mail for revealing late wife’s cancer

BBC business editor infuriated by inaccurate claim she had been given all-clear

Guardian crossword editor John Graham dies of cancer aged 92 – after announcing illness in puzzle clues

Graham was know to his readers as Araucaria Latin for Monkey Puzzle tree

Vinnie Jones ha revealed he has skin cancer

Vinnie Jones reveals he has skin cancer

Snatch star says condition has 'knocked me for six and made me reassess my life and goals'

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum