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A shipment of genetically modified tomato juice designed to boost health benefits is on its way to the UK for testing.

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The US Supreme today embarks on three days of momentous hearings into President Obama’s health care reforms that could not only upend the 2012 election campaign but also redraw the limits of Congressional power and the division of authority between federal government and the states.

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The ‘green gym’ provides exercise, therapeutic relaxation ... and it’s dirt cheap, says top medic

Irish inflation at 2.2 per cent as fuel costs rise

The cost of living rose by 2.2% in the year to January, official figures have revealed.

Although I was born Jewish, I have made a pledge: I am giving up meat for lent.

Simon Kelner: For 40 days and 40 nights, fish will be my new religion

I am not religious. I am not a militant secularist. I think Richard Dawkins talks a lot of sense, but then when I hear the Archbishop of York sermonise, I find it easy to get behind him, too. I even find myself in vigorous agreement with the speaker on "Thought for the Day", wishing that I could be similarly beatific. (Although when I fail to locate my glasses and I'm already late for work, and the dog still needs walking, I discover that I'm some distance from Godliness.)

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A famous workaholic, Margaret Thatcher said she could function on about four hours of sleep a night

The boss was right: being workaholic's good for you

They have been lambasted for their long working hours, for taking their laptops on holiday and obsessively checking their emails. But now there is good news for workaholics everywhere – their fixation with work is not necessarily a bad thing.

Leading article: At 100, the ANC has lost its way

Nelson Mandela was the African National Congress's first "volunteer in chief". The 27 years he spent incarcerated in prisons stand as an emblem to our human capacity for self-sacrifice in the pursuit of fairness and equality. Mandela's gift to the South African people was to allow the nation to become the "beacon of hope" that David Cameron described in his congratulatory message to the ANC on its 100th anniversary yesterday.

Tax investigators 'focus on footballer perks'

Premier League footballers and their clubs are being investigated by the taxman over "secret perks" enjoyed by players and their families, according to reports.

New conditions for agency workers comes into force

Agency workers across the UK were set to receive a pay and conditions boost today when new rights come into force.

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Diary: How Anne Diamond drew a new boundary on privacy

Anne Diamond, scourge of the tabloids, was in fighting form on the Today programme yesterday as she spoke of "35 to 40 years of misbehaviour" by an industry that – unlike the broadcast media – knows no rules or self-restraint, and which thinks that anyone who enters public life has "sold their private life".

Short walk 'halves' chocolate habit

People prone to frequent, waistline-expanding snacking on chocolate while at work can halve the amount they scoff by getting out of the office and walking for just 15 minutes, according to new research.

It may be the end for promotional packaging

The government is to launch an official consultation on removing all promotional packaging from cigarettes by the end of the year.

Coulson to be questioned by MPs again – if police don't get him first

Andy Coulson faces the prospect of another public grilling by MPs in the next two months if the police do not charge him with illegal phone hacking.

Contraception: Busting the myths

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