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.

Ed Miliband urges PM to ditch DNA plan

David Cameron was urged today to ditch plans to "prevent" police from holding the DNA of rape suspects who are arrested but not charged.

Forces children feel the strain

Armed services children are struggling to fulfil their potential in school and many suffer emotionally when a parent is sent to a trouble spot, inspectors have warned. They also have to repeat topics as they move from school to school, which can be frustrating, the inspectors said.

How do US special forces know they have their man?

For any elite special forces squad trained to hunt and liquidate its enemies the ability to kill with cold precision is only one of a number of skill sets that such a team must learn. Once your target is down, for instance, how do you ensure that you have your man?

Police say missing schoolboy is 'most likely' dead

Police have stopped looking for a schoolboy who disappeared more than nine years ago after concluding he is now probably dead.

Rape case prompts dating site to begin screening for sex offenders

The dating website match.com has been forced to begin checking its clients against criminal databases after being sued by a Californian woman who claimed to have been raped by a convicted sex attacker she met on the site.

Police confirm the identity of second body in O'Callaghan case

Becky Godden-Edwards's family were yesterday coming to terms with the news they had been dreading for several years, as detectives investigating the murder of Sian O'Callaghan confirmed a second body was Becky's.

Sian police name second victim

The family of a woman whose remains were discovered by detectives investigating the murder of Sian O'Callaghan today spoke of their devastation over the death of their "beautiful daughter".

Adult industry enraged as 'Porn Wikileaks' gives stars' real names

Erotic stars such as Jenna Jameson, her male counterpart Seymore Butts and Charlie Sheen's latest inamorata, 24-year-old blonde former centrefold Bree Olson, are all so mainstream that their lives are detailed in Wikipedia.

DNA blunder let Night Stalker continue

Delroy Grant should have been stopped in his tracks when the spotlight fell on him in 1999, it can be revealed today.

The secret life of animals

The Smithsonian's database of thousands of 'candid camera' shots gives a fascinating insight into wild behaviour

Leading article: A victory for civil liberties – and a challenge for Labour

Will the new leader, Ed Miliband, attempt to defend the indefensible?

ID cards go up in flames in first step to tackle 'database state'

Identity cards will be consigned to history today as the database recording the biometric details of thousands of people goes up in flames. Hard disk drives from the national identity register, which underpinned the ID card scheme, will be shredded and incinerated in a symbolic demonstration of efforts to rein back the "database state" and restore civil liberties.

Stolen Degas returned to France after 37 years

Ownership of tiny Impressionist masterpiece was written in code on reverse, but hidden by frame

'Kiss and tell' policy dumped

Maryrose Fison: A fraudster warning is all very well, but useless if we can't understand it

Another week and yet another Ponzi scheme has come to light.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee