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

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

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Baby delivered in bustling city centre

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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

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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

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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.

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