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Letters: Legalise cannabis

If you want to reduce the harm cannabis does, legalise it

Anger at 'find work' ultimatum for tenants

A minister was today accused of risking a "return to the workhouse" after saying the unemployed should have to seek work or lose their council homes.

MPs 'conned' over obesity charity that was front for diet firm

Trust that used public cash to influence the war on fat is to close after revealing links with weight-loss company

Anthony Glees: Internment should be a policy option

Professor Anthony Glees is Director of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies at Brunel University. He argues that the European Convention on Human Rights needs to be overturned and the Government should have the power to imprison people without trial.

A new nation of philistines: Russians prefer Hollywood to high culture

From an early age Soviet school children were spoon-fed high culture, shown round art galleries packed with icons and old masters, and taken to see ballets such as Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

Record number of troublemakers banned from Euro 2004

Record numbers of football troublemakers will be banned from travelling to Portugal this summer for Euro 2004, the Home Office said today.

The pounds 1m trials of this midwife could decide how your baby will be born

SOME PEOPLE are calling her a "danger to patients". Others are calling her the victim of an establishment witch-hunt. But the fate of Ann Kelly is likely to shape the future of home childbirth.

Is this the end for home birth?

Supporters of natural childbirth came under attack after Caroline Flint, a leading midwife, was found guilty of negligence. At the end of a week of claim and counter claim, she talks exclusively to HESTER LACEY

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Caroline Flint

All shook up in a midwife crisis

Natural vs medical birth - how does it feel to be caught in the crossfire?

Midwife's errors led to death of baby

A FORMER president of the Royal College of Midwives was found guilty of serious professional misconduct yesterday after she mishandled the delivery of a breech birth which left the baby girl dead and the mother collapsed and bleeding on the floor.
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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

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A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
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The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
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Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
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Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
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Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
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A Bible for billionaires

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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