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New app and SMS service will offer advice and tips to women

Fit For Work pilot: the scheme makes sense, but let's hope it isn't another Atos

I’m not sure I trust this Government to run the scheme in a sensible and sensitive manner given the way some reforms have been conducted so far

Paolo Di Canio with assistant Fabrizio Piccareta yesterday

Restrained Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio on best behaviour for big stage debut at Chelsea

Fans might have been surprised so much Latin emotion was kept in check

Brain-damaged amputee fit for work, says Atos

An amputee who cannot walk, struggles to talk and is brain damaged has been passed “fit for work” and had his benefits cut under government reforms.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand

Physiotherapist questions Rio Ferdinand's decision to take flight to Qatar

Manchester United defender pulled out of England squad amid fitness concerns

Andrew Marr edited 'The Independent' between 1996 and 1998

Andrew Marr leaves hospital following stroke

Broadcaster and journalist Andrew Marr, 53, has left hospital two months after suffering a stroke.

South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius: The more we hear of Reeva Steenkamp's tragic death, the more a hero falls

There are dangers in putting sports stars on a pedestal

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva not back to his best yet, says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Brazilian midfielder set to make 200th appearance tonight

Delhi gang-rape trial: Male companion of woman killed in attack arrives in court to give evidence

Pushed in a wheelchair and his leg wrapped in a blue bandage, the male friend of the Indian student who was gang-raped and left for dead went to court to confront the five men charged with her murder and to testify against them.

Army veteran who lost all four limbs in Iraq gets two new arms after pioneering double arm transplant surgery

Surgeons at Baltimore’s John Hopkins Hospital released images of Brendan Marroccoss staggering operation

College reveals that gang-rape victim had passed her final exam with top marks

Dean tells how model student inspired others as court hearing begins behind closed doors

The soldier who took his own life while on leave from Afghanistan

Just two years after his friend William Aldridge, 18, was fatally wounded in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, becoming the youngest British soldier to die there, Rifleman Allan Arnold took his own life. The 20-year-old was on leave and staying with his sister Abigail, 23, in Cirencester, when he was found dead.

Labour MP Michael Meacher opened the debate on ATOS, stating that 1,300 people had died after being placed in the “work-related activity group”

Atos told incontinent woman to 'wear nappy': Firm condemned by MPs for pressuring sick and disabled into returning to work

Thousands of sick or disabled people have died after undergoing assessments to find out whether they were fit to work, the House of Commons was told today.

Delhi gang-rape case sent to fast-track court

Attack on the woman and her male companion triggered outrage across India

Manohar Lal Sharma represents two of the men accused of rape

Rape accused's lawyer claims victim was to blame for bus attack

A lawyer who broke ranks with his colleagues and volunteered to represent two of the men accused of the gang rape that killed an Indian student said today that the 23-year-old victim was “wholly responsible” for the attack.

A van carrying the five men accused of the gang rape arrives at a Delhi court yesterday

Hate and chaos greet India gang rape suspects at Delhi court

Andrew Buncombe sees the five men accused of student’s murder face a barrage of abuse as they arrive for Delhi hearing

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