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


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


Burns asks players to turn up the heat

Scottish football

Denmark win record sixth European team crown


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


England stall in three-point turn

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

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