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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Women are offered a range of safe options for childbirth and most have a positive experience

A call from the midwife: Why I am resigning after 10 years in the NHS

Exhausted, demoralised and fearful, one midwife has had enough of being the public face of a system that is moving away from high-quality care

Mother Lindsay Salgueiro gives birth to twin girls born in different years

Baby Gabriela was born on the last day of 2013, just eight minutes before her sister Sophia was born on the first day of 2014

Spanish government backs tough abortion laws

Abortion law would allow a pregnancy to be terminated only in the case of rape or where there is a serious health risk to the mother or foetus

Along for the bride: Neal Barry and Camille Coduri in 'Him & Her: the Wedding'

Him & Her - TV review: rolling in the aisles as the slackers are given the perfect send-off

After three series stuck inside Becky and Steve's musky bedsit, it was a relief to see BBC3's brilliant sitcom Him & Her finally get a bit of an airing. This fourth and final series has been set in a hotel, where we've witnessed the grand spectacle of mutually enabled delusion, pettiness and empty materialism that was the nuptials of Becky's vile sister Laura.

The Christmas issue of the BMJ reports that, of the women who took part in the study, 45 (0.5%) reported at least one virgin pregnancy,

America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'

The findings were based on a study of 7,870 women and girls aged 15 to 28

Kenya Wildlife Service rangers live on the edge of Ramuruti forest in Laikipia, Kenya where they patrol as a way to deter poachers

The human cost of the demand for ivory

Poachers have killed 1,000 rangers in a decade

A 50-strong committee presented the draft constitution and its promotional poster on Saturday

Egyptian government promotes new constitution with Western faces

Three out of the five photos used to promote the Egyptian government's new draft constitution are stock images of Westerners

Doctors told the 29-year-old that the injury was made by a razor blade

Pregnant woman slashed eight inches across face in random attack

The heavily pregnant 29-year-old was walking home when a man approached her from behind, slashed her face with a razor blade and ran

The Spaniard arrived to much fanfare in a £26m deal from Valencia in the summer but has failed to justify what was then a club-record transfer fee

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool: Roberto Soldado assures Spurs his best is yet to come

Spaniard arrived in a £26m deal from Valencia but has failed to justify what was then a club-record transfer fee

Tim Key: 'There's nothing quite like opening night - the sound of crying coming from the wings'

The opening night of my local nativity play, that is

Everyday Sexism blog reaches milestone of 50,000 posts

Laura Bates started blog less than two years ago to document accounts of discrimination 'so niggling and normalised that you don't even feel able to protest'

'Shocking' survey suggest one in four new mothers abandoned during labour

Women surveyed said they were not able to access pain relief quickly and that doses of painkillers were not big enough

Pregnant woman with 'very severe' mental health problems could be forced to have Caesarean

The 36-year-old woman at the centre of this latest case has three other children and cannot be named in order to protect her privacy

Australia incest case: Deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding

Hardly any were capable of intelligible speech and many were deaf and blind

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas