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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Market Street in Omagh after the bombing in 1998, for which no one has been convicted

Omagh bombing: Families to fight on as Government rules out public inquiry

‘Insufficient grounds’ for review of Real IRA attack that killed 29, says Northern Ireland Secretary

There has been a significant increase in the number of women over 40 seeking fertility treatment

Delaying your first baby? You could risk age-related infertility, say scientists

The number of British women giving birth for the first time aged 35-39 has increased from 6.8 per cent in 1986 to 17 per cent in 2008

Jeremy Hunt has been criticised for presiding over staff cuts

Gender abortions: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt seeks 'urgent clarification' over lack of prosecutions

CPS said it was not in the 'public interest' to prosecute two doctors accused of arranging illegal abortions, despite them having enough evidence to prosecute

Claire Perry

Teach children about web porn, says Tory MP Claire Perry

NSPCC research claims children believe internet pornography dictates how they should behave in a sexual relationship

Based on a true story: Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in Philomena

Venice Film Festival 2013: Philomena - Judi Dench and Steve Coogan make a compelling double act

Our man at the Venice Film Festival gives five stars to an odd-couple Brit flick

Paperback review: Up the Junction, By Neil Dunn

Nell Dunn's Up the Junction, a set of loosely linked vignettes of working-class London, caught a cultural mood when it was first published in 1963.

Some GP practices failed to submit data

NHS receives 3,000 complaints every week - with nearly half against medical professionals

NHS Confederation said it was important to keep the number of complaints in perspective

Scientists have found a link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer

Scientists find link between drinking alcohol before a first pregnancy and breast cancer

New research has suggested that heavier drinking before the first pregnancy could heighten the risk of the disease

Dirty Work, By Gabriel Weston. Jonathan Cape, £14.99

In Gabriel Weston's first book – prize-winning Direct Red, a memoir of life as a junior surgeon – she related an incident in which she panicked doing a tonsillectomy, and asked for the consultant. The answer was stark and brutal: JFDI ("just fucking do it"). Many doctors will be familiar with this moral dilemma, with juniors pressurised to do tasks for which they feel unprepared.

Most babies make Facebook debut within an hour of being born

New survey shows how social media has allowed parents to share pictures with loved ones on the other side of the world, as well as brag to their friends.

50,000 women a year don't get jobs back

Mind the maternity gap: 50,000 women a year don’t get jobs back after taking leave

Yvette Cooper condemns curbs on women’s rights and reveals how the Civil Service treated her

Yvette Cooper visiting a creche for delegates at a maternity care conference while pregnant with second son Joel

As the first minister to take maternity leave, I know how difficult it can be

Yvette Cooper explains why everyone would benefit from making life easier for new mothers

The Weekend’s Viewing: British detective dramas come and go, but few are as creepily compelling as What Remains

What Remains, Sun, BBC1/ America’s Stoned Kids, Sat, BBC2

New research suggests 'female sperm' and 'male eggs' possible

Japanese researchers use skin cells from mice to create sperm and eggs that were later used to create a live birth

In captivity the male giant panda is more interested in bamboo than in mating

Panda sex exposé: Why does the male struggle to perform his duty in captivity?

Roger Dobson gets the bear facts

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Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

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How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?