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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

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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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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?