Life and Style GPs are concerned that the NHS data scheme will undermine the 'total confidentiality' of medical consultations

Family doctors are concerned that the “total confidentiality” of GP consultations could be under threat from a major NHS data scheme which will see confidential patient records stored in a national database.

'Game changing' cancer database pushes fight against disease forward

Database will include millions of records detailing individual cancers and treatments

Police and intelligence services have been sending terror suspects’ DNA to counterparts around the world with no official scrutiny over their actions, a government watchdog has warned

Police told to explain use of unregulated DNA database

Police and intelligence services have been sending terror suspects’ DNA to counterparts around the world with no official scrutiny over their actions, a government watchdog has warned.

'We failed to protect vulnerable children in the past, but attitudes are changing'

The sorts of attitudes that have been extremely troubling and have undoubtedly contributed to the failures to protect children are seen now as unacceptable: that children are blamed for running away; they are seen as just difficult; sometimes it is just a relief to everybody when they are gone.

Boston bombing: Suspects' mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva was added to terror database 18 months before bombing, officials say

US intelligence agencies added the mother of the Boston bombing suspects to a government terrorism database 18 months before the bombings, two officials said.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhokhar, the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, were planning to mount a second attack in New York’s Times Square

Boston suspects ‘planned to set off bombs in New York's Times Square’

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston marathon bombings suspect who was killed in a police shootout, was added to a huge database of known and suspected terrorists 18 months before the attack, it has been revealed.

App warns for accidental incest in Iceland

In Iceland, a country with a population of 320,000 where almost everyone is distantly related, inadvertently kissing cousins is a real risk.

Icelandic 'anti-incest' app aims to stop families getting too close

We've all been there. You're having dinner at your new girlfriend or boyfriend's house and getting on famously with her parents. But wait, what's that? It's an old family photograph on the mantelpiece that appears to feature your own grandpa in his youth.

MPs fear benefit reforms will open door to fraudsters

Committee highlights concerns that IT system will have trouble distinguishing between genuine and fraudulent claims

On campus at the world-renowned Harvard University

Harvard's quiz champions stripped of titles after cheating scandal

Student apologises for accessing question database

The issue of detectives being unable to access relevant intelligence was highlighted in a report on the effectiveness of the Police National Database (PND) in the wake of the Savile scandal

Police 'protection' of celebrities 'allowed serial abusers Cyril Smith and Jimmy Savile to escape prosecution for decades'

Information on high profile suspects was reportedly marked as 'secret' or 'restricted' and only available to a small number of officers

John Catt argued that, as he has not engaged in any criminality, the retention of data about him on the National Domestic Extremism Database was unlawful

'Police surveillance of this kind undermines our democracy': Judges rule that action against peaceful protester John Catt was unlawful

Police face having to rethink their whole strategy for public demonstrations after judges ruled today that the surveillance they placed a peaceful protester under was unlawful.

Schapiro joins General Electric board

General Electric has nominated Mary Schapiro, a former chairman of financial regulator the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to its board.

Gilberto Valle with his wife Kathleen Mangan-Valle

'Cannibal cop' discussed how to murder then roast wife with online chat group

Former New York police officer arrested by FBI after wife monitored his internet use; he faces life in prison

As the the recent incident in Soho shows, police attitudes to trans people must change

It's time police forces across the country presented a coherent and humane approach to gender recognition - for the sake of trans people and their public image

The Console: Scribblenauts Unlimited is an ambitious creation – but it needs a bit of help to become a true classic

Scribblenauts Unlimited, £39.99 Wii U, 3DS, PC Nintendo

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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
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Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried