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Kazakhstan president is given lifetime immunity

Lawmakers approved amendments to the constitution giving President Nursultan Nazarbayev lifetime immunity from prosecution for acts committed during his rule, and the right to approve important national and foreign policies after he retires.

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'Exciting breakthrough' offers hope to thousands of arthritis sufferers

A simple blood test could lead to a "new era" of tailored therapy for rheumatoid arthritis, it was claimed today.

Vitamin D helps immune system

MEDICINE Vitamin D plays a key role in fighting infection by "priming" inert white blood cells known as T-cells into killer cells that seek and destroy unwelcome invaders, Danish scientists have found.

Attempt to close gender pay gap

Firms that check and publish any difference in pay between male and female staff will receive limited immunity from investigation, the equalities commission announced today.

'Super elms' begin to fill the gaps in English landscape

Saplings are to be propagated from specimens that survived when 20 million trees perished. Planted nationwide, they may transform the landscape again

Pregnancy swine flu advice could change

Pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems could be advised to stay away from crowds for a period of a "few weeks" should the swine flu reach "big numbers" in the autumn, the chief medical officer has said.

DVD: Un Conte de Noël, Retail & rental, (Drake's Avenue)

Arnaud Desplechin's yuletide drama might not feel like timely viewing, but its original French release date in May is a clue that this is anything but Hollywood-style seasonal fodder.

Cancer: shock breakthrough

Patients with inoperable prostate disease recover after single dose of drug

Drug 'may revolutionise cancer treatment'

A commonly prescribed diabetes drug has the potential to "revolutionise" cancer treatment, it was claimed today.

Twice as many children set to suffer from Type 1 diabetes

Caesareans, bottle-feeds and less exposure to bugs blamed for predicted rise

Karadzic files motion detailing 'immunity deal'

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic today filed a 140-page motion arguing the war crimes charges against him should be dropped because he was promised immunity by a top US official in 1996.

The secret to finding true love may lie in genetic differences

Immune system DNA could influence mating

Hay fever: How to ease the sneezing

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