News An image of a mouse embryo with beating heart generated totally from STAP cells

Experts say the ground-breaking discovery could pave way for routine use of stem cells in medicine

It pays to teach kids how much they'll earn

It might seem unfair to monetise aspirations, but failing to provide students with guidance on where they'll likely end up financially is a far greater disservice

Shingles vaccine for the elderly

All people between the ages of 70 and 79 will be vaccinated against shingles, health authorities in England have announced.

Sandhurst pharmacy worker sold Army stories to The Sun

A pharmacy assistant working at the Sandhurst military academy, where British Army officers are trained, sold a series of stories to The Sun newspaper, the Old Bailey has been told.

Two of the leading health bodies have clashed over draft guidelines that warn against dangers of using paracetamol to treat osteoarthritis

'No new evidence': Health bodies clash over draft guidelines that warn against dangers of using paracetamol to treat osteoarthritis

New advice from NICE claims that higher doses of paracetamol could lead to multiple adverse effects

Astra in $500m US buy to boost cancer pipeline

UK drugs giant AstraZeneca took a further step to bolster its pipeline of new cancer drugs yesterday by agreeing to acquire privately held US biotech company Amplimmune for up to $500m (£321m).

Thailand curbs sale of laughing gas balloons to tourists

Officials are cracking down on vendors in Bangkok’s main backpacker district who sell cheap balloons filled with doses of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to tourists.

Ben Chu: Welcome to the hotel eurozone

Outlook The single currency becomes more like the Hotel California with each passing every year.

The body of Brazil’s former president João Goulart to be exhumed over claims of assassination

'Jango' died in 1976 while in exile in Argentina

Arsonist professor faces prison in US

A US university professor who started a series of fires after his teenage son committed suicide and who drew up a graphic plan to attack the boy's school is facing a sentence ranging from three years to 18 years in prison.

Physiotherapists in UK can now independently prescribe medication to their patients in world first

New legislation will also empower podiatrists to prescribe medicines, would speed up treatments and free up GP’s time

Back to nature: Eurocamp and others offer the simple life

Backstage Travel: No 6 - The campsite manager

'Camping's a happy business. If not, you're doing it wrong'

Students praying for luck before exams at a Vietnam university

Vietnam drops tuition fees – for those who study Marx, Lenin and Ho Chi Minh

Students who take degrees in certain medical specialities such as tuberculosis and leprosy also will get a free ride

At the moment it is left to a judge to decide whether a defendant is able to plead and face a court

Reform out of date laws on fitness to plead, ministers urged

Commission warns that defence of insanity – which was drawn up in the 19th century – should be scrapped

Amantle Montsho of Botswana

World Championships 2013: Christine Ohuruogu finally breaks 400m record she targeted for a decade

The Briton won an extraordinary race by 0.004 seconds

Relax ban on pot, says former candidate for Surgeon General

The man who almost became the US Surgeon General has come out in favour of legalising marijuana for medical purposes.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee