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One of the most brutal battles of the Second World War was the Nazi offensive against Stalingrad where atrocities were committed on both sides and the soldiers also had to contend with starvation and freezing conditions during a lengthy siege.

An MMR jab is administered

Number of people infected with measles jumps by 78 in just five days

The number of people infected with measles has shot up by more than 78 in just than five days, health officials have confirmed.

Channel 4 to send teenagers to sleep with mobile app game Zeds

Normally the youth-oriented Channel 4 would try to keep its audience glued into the small hours. But the broadcaster has now launched a mobile game designed to send hyperactive teenagers to sleep in order to educate them about the benefits of an early night.

The coffin of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is carried by the Bearer Party as it arrives for her funeral service at St Paul's Cathedral

Thatcher's funeral: Someone in front of me unfurled a banner reading ‘But we loved her’

Aside from the quiet, what struck me most was the heterogeneity of the crowd

Mr Marr told viewers of his Sunday morning current affairs show that he was “frankly lucky to be alive” after what he had been through.

'I'm lucky to be alive' says Marr in first television appearance since suffering stroke

Andrew Marr has said he feels “lucky to be alive” following a major stroke brought on by an intense exercise session on a rowing machine.

Wouldn't the gym be so much better without all the people in it?

From the gross dudes who can't tell the difference between lust and disgust to the personal space invaders, trips to the gym would be much more therapeutic, well, alone...

Gillian Astbury died in Stafford Hospital, aged 66, because nurses failed to give her insulin

First criminal probe into patient death at scandal-hit Mid-Staffs hospital

Officials admit diabetic Gillian Astbury suffered ‘appalling’ care on ward before she died

Fit For Work pilot: the scheme makes sense, but let's hope it isn't another Atos

I’m not sure I trust this Government to run the scheme in a sensible and sensitive manner given the way some reforms have been conducted so far

Stafford Hospital

Stafford Hospital: Criminal investigation into death of diabetic woman

A criminal investigation has begun into the death of a woman at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said today.

Marine fined £300 for wearing dress uniform and medals to which he was not entitled at family wedding

A Royal Marine corporal who wore the uniform of a sergeant and medals he was not entitled to at a family wedding to "big it up and impress his family" was fined £300 today .

A 10-month-old girl has the MMR jab in Swansea yesterday

Hundreds queue for MMR jab as Welsh measles outbreak slows

Hundreds of anxious parents and their young children queued for hours at hospitals in South Wales yesterday for free MMR vaccinations aimed at curbing a measles epidemic. Officials say the outbreak has affected 588 people in parts of south, mid and west Wales. They said more than 800 MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccinations were administered yesterday.

Katie Walsh: Jockey pulled up Battlefront during the Fox Hunters’ Chase yesterday

Aintree: Tragedy hits Grand National meet as Katie Walsh's mount dies

Battlefront collapses after being pulled up during race over controversial big fences of Aintree course

An MMR jab is administered

Jab warning as measles epidemic spreads

A measles epidemic posing increased risk to children shows no sign of ending after a 25 per cent jump in new cases reported over the Easter break.

24-hour drinking linked to rise in work absences

Allowing people to drink for longer has led to an increase in the number of workers calling in sick, researchers have found.

The latest star of the BBC is a golden retriever called Miss Molly

Google, Amazon, The BBC: Office dogs are giving us paws for thought

It seems the latest star of the BBC is a golden retriever called Miss Molly. If you caught the politics show This Week you would have noticed that the  10-month-old dog was given free rein of the studio and so decided to have a wander around the set. She even had a snooze in the lap of guest David Starkey and cuddled up to Terry Wogan.

Peng Liyuan singing to martial law troops in 1989 after the Tiananman Square massacre

Is this the new China? First lady Peng Liyuan sang for troops after Tiananmen Square massacre

With her sharp suits and well-coiffed hair, Peng Liyuan looks like the embodiment of a softer, kinder China – so when a photograph of China’s new first lady serenading martial-law troops after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre flickered across cyberspace this week, it was swiftly scrubbed from China’s internet.

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