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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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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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