Henry Cockburn: I was trying to listen to my shoes. I thought I was going to be put in a straitjacket

'I was completely introverted. I felt there was no one I could trust to tell them what was going on in my head'

Syrian rebels claim control of key military base

Rebels say they seized a key military base with artillery stockpiles in eastern Syria yesterday, strengthening their hold in an oil-rich province bordering Iraq.

The NHS is “sleepwalking” into a nursing crisis with almost one in five frontline posts under threat, the Government is warned today

Fears for patient safety as 60,000 NHS jobs face the axe

The NHS is "sleepwalking" into a nursing crisis with thousands of frontline posts lost and training positions axed, the Government is warned today.

Campaign launched for memorial to volunteer nurses who lost lives in world wars

The 1,500 volunteer nurses who lost their lives during the world wars could finally be honoured with a permanent memorial, thanks to campaign by former colleagues.

A Royal Flying Corps pilot adjusts his camera. Below: an aerial photo of German and British trenches

New European archive collects untold stories of the First World War

Thousands of moving war stories are being unearthed in a drive to gather a vast collection of First World War memorabilia from across Europe.

NHS Direct is to close most of its call centres with the loss of hundreds of nursing and other jobs, union leaders said today

NHS Direct to axe hundreds of nurses as it closes call centres

The telephone health advice service, NHS Direct, is to close most of its call centres with the loss of hundreds of nursing jobs, unions have claimed.

More than 40 people have now said they were abused by Jimmy Savile

Jimmy Savile 'took young girls on night visits to nurse accommodation'

Jimmy Savile regularly took teenage girls to a hospital block alone, a former porter has claimed.

Bristol Royal Children's Hospital forced to restrict cardiac operations after health watchdog warning

A hospital at the centre of a row about the streamlining of children's heart surgery units has been forced to restrict the number of children's cardiac operations.

Baby delivered in bustling city centre

A student paramedic came to the aid of an expectant mother and helped deliver her baby boy on the streets of a busy city centre.

University complaints by students expected to double because of soaring fees

Students’ complaints about their universities are expected to almost double by the end of next year because of soaring fees, according to the independent watchdog set up to investigate them.

Sorry! The hospice where employee threatened to withhold care in planning row

A hospice has apologised after a member of staff threatened to withhold care from a member of the public in a row over a planning application.

DNA advances see 1987 rapist jailed

A rapist who cheated justice for nearly 25 years has been jailed because of advances in DNA profiling.

Five-minute memoir: To the edge and beyond in Bondi

For the paramedics of Bondi, The Gap is a weekly call. At its highest point, Australia's most popular cliff-top suicide spot is 90m above the bay. A bay that is always in shadow, or so it seems to us.

Stoke Mandeville and Leeds General hospitals' shock at Jimmy Savile abuse claims

Two hospitals described their shock at fresh allegations against TV presenter Sir Jimmy Savile which suggested he preyed on children during visits to wards as part of his catalogue of abuse.

Patient sues Kentucky hospital over penis amputation

A former US soldier is suing a hospital claiming that excessive ice-pack treatment on his groin led to the amputation of his penis.

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
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Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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Getting young people to vote

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