Multiple sclerosis may be linked to virus

New evidence emerged yesterday that multiple sclerosis - the progressively disabling disease of the nervous system - is caused by a virus. Traces of several viruses have been found in the brains of people with MS, but the strongest evidence that an infectious agent is involved is the way that the disease sometimes occurs in clusters.

Letter: Be fair to Danes

Sir: Further to Andreas Whittam Smith's article, "What the archives reveal about stolen treasures" (18 February).

CLASSICAL MUSIC City of London Sinfonia: Playing in the New The Barbican, London

Conversation overheard at the "Playing in the New" weekend, feting the 25th birthday of the City of London Sinfonia: "Are these [the CLS] the boiler-suit people?" "No, that's the London Sinfonietta." The exchange perhaps highlights the problem between orchestras and audiences: too many ensembles, not enough distinguishing characteristics. By celebrating its birthday with four concerts of contemporary music, the CLS was indeed in Sinfonietta-like guise (but not boiler suits). You could have seen the whole weekend for a mere pounds 14, but by and large audiences were depressingly small. Nothing new there, of course: maybe what matters is the quality of attention, which seemed genuinely alert.

pounds 200m drugs haul on boat

A cocaine seizure made on board a ship in Cork yesterday may be one of the biggest-ever drug consignments from South America to Europe, Irish customs sources said.

Let's do the show in Aarhus

Denmark's bid for global cultural recognition - the first Musical of the Year competition - might have been Eurovision hell. In fact, it could have a hit on its hands. By James Rampton

Denmark take gold medal

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Mind over marimba

Two hearts, four hands, sixteen mallets - all beating as one. Edward Seckerson tests the vibes of Denmark's Safri Duo

Denmark are inspired by Hoyer-Larsen

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Burns asks players to turn up the heat

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Denmark win record sixth European team crown

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CLASSICAL: Danish Composers' Biennale

The Nineties may offer thin pickings but the Sixties are in safe .hands - and they're Welsh. By Stephen Johnson

Andersen close to deal with Rangers

Erik Bo Andersen, a Danish international striker, is expected to undergo a medical in Glasgow today before signing for Rangers.

Thorn EMI plans Danish sale

Thorn EMI plans Danish sale

Danish ratkiller shows its hand

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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

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For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

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