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There's a company called Atos, that you may have heard of, and the achievement it's best known for is to be despised by thousands of the disabled. Graffiti such as "Atos kills" is common on some housing estates, which must be why Atos is one of the main sponsors of the Paralympics. It makes sense, in the way that if you had a gay Olympics, you'd get it sponsored by the Pope, or you'd get an Olympics for people who idolise tall buildings automatically sponsored by al-Qa'ida.

AstraZeneca pluck chief exec from rival Roche

AstraZeneca yesterday poached its new chief executive from Swiss rival Roche in a bid to kick-start the UK drugs giant, which will see many of its top-selling drugs come off patent in the next two years.

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An official medical review of a Pakistani Christian girl accused of desecrating the Koran has determined that the girl is a minor, her lawyer said yesterday.

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Snooker world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has been given a suspended fine and a warning after being found guilty of failing to attend eight tournaments in 2010.

Mark Steel: They can't be disabled – they can swim

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The Palestinian leader was abruptly taken ill in 2004, went into a coma and died a few days later

France opens murder inquiry into Yasser Arafat's death

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Benefits of male circumcision 'outweigh the risks'

The health benefits of circumcising baby boys outweigh the risks associated with the procedure, according to leading paediatricians.

Tribute paid to Loch Gairloch canoe tragedy girl Grace Mackay

The family of a five-year-old girl who died following a canoeing accident which also claimed the lives of two young brothers have paid tribute to their “beautiful angel”.

Binman seriously injured in West Midlands crash

A refuse collection worker has been airlifted to hospital in a life-threatening condition after being hit by a car, police have said.

Martin Allen has thought better of his old fire-breathing style of management – and Gillingham are firing

Allen turns from a raging Mad Dog into a canny old pussycat

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The Olympic opening ceremony celebrated the NHS

'Scorecards' to force NHS hospitals to use recommended drugs for patients

Patients across the country will soon be able to see whether their local hospital or health authority is "rationing care" as part of Government plans to eradicate "postcode prescribing" in the NHS.

Seven health trusts to get PFI help

The Government is prepared to help seven hospital trusts with the “burden” of their private finance initiative (PFI) repayments, a minister said today.

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