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One of the world's biggest tobacco companies has lost its legal fight to overturn a ban on the open display of cigarettes in shops.

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Ireland looks set to bring in laws reforming the country's limited ban on abortion in the new year.

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Plans to move NHS services online to help free up clinics, including the use of Skype video calls for consultations with GPs, have been criticised by charities representing patients with long-term illnesses.

Maps showing the loneliest places in the UK to be created

Maps showing the loneliest places in the UK are to be created, the Health Secretary will announce today.

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Much of Britain will experience a cold snap over the coming week as winter closes in.

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The Government has called off a consultation on the way counselling is offered to women who are thinking of having an abortion, Health Minister Anna Soubry said today.

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