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Horses in Mahmood al-Zarooni’s care were given steroids

Mahmood al-Zarooni accepts fate and drops his appeal

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Higher education minister Geneviève Fioraso aims to make future French scientists better able to use international language of scientific research

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Even Dante could not have conjured quite such a hellish punishment: for almost two months, 11 people were confined to an underground bunker in Italy and forced to read the new novel by Dan Brown – all day, every day. Brown's Inferno, which reportedly makes repeated reference to Dante's Inferno, is due for publication on 14 May.

Britons in Dubai know the local customs, so why do they have so much trouble adhering?

The tolerance of the British, and their acceptance of immigrants to this country, is commendable. But the attitude of Emiratis is admirable on a different scale

Mahmood al-Zarooni was barred for eight years for steroid abuse

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Zarooni passed syringes and list of horses to assistant during trip to Newmarket in March

Don't send me back to Afghanistan, says 19-year-old Najibullah Hashimi who was orphaned by the Taliban

Asylum seeker appealing against Home Office decision to remove him

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'Ungoogleable' removed from list of Swedish words after row over definition with Google

California based search engine giant asked Swedish to amend definition

Chinua Achebe: The father of African literature's legacy is not without controversy

The Things Fall Apart author has died in hospital aged 82

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The new checks were announced after cases in which foreign doctors were said to have provided sub-standard care.

Foreign doctors who want to work for NHS 'must have good English'

Foreign doctors who want to work for the NHS in England will have to prove they can speak English well enough to treat patients, the Government has confirmed.

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