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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Up to 10,000 children of school age are missing out on full-time education

Missing out: the children in danger of becoming 'invisible' to education authorities

Local authorities failing to keep track of up to 10,000 pupils, raising fears of widespread abuse

TUC slams 'Scrooge of Europe' UK over poor maternity pay

The UK has been dubbed the “scrooge of Europe” by the TUC over its level of parental pay.

Book review: Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen, By Alison Weir

A royal tale describes a turbulent era – and the princes who disappeared

Man about Town: Knitted wombs for a Friday night out

Weekends spent learning the mechanics of childbirth have become my new parties

Baby girl is born at a Tacoblan evacuation centre

Video: Filipino evacuation centre becomes a delivery room

A woman delivers her eighth child at an evacuation centre as her anxious father watches on.

Multiple births are more risky and twins and triplets have a higher risk of disability

Limits lifted on number of twins and triplets born through IVF

Clinics will no longer have to ensure that multiple births account for less than 10% of successes

TV Review: Hebburn, BBC2

Hebburn, which began a second series on BBC2 last night, is a relic from a different era. Well, that's a bit unfair, but if you saw Vic Reeves's name on the cast list and assumed you were in for some proper comedy, Hebburn has been a disappointment. We should have looked closer. Whenever Vic Reeves is credited by his real name, Jim Moir, it usually signals his intention to put his feet up and fade into the background.

Vouchers for mothers who breastfeed: Isn't there enough breast-mongering in the world already?

We all know the spiel by now: ‘It's easy; it won't hurt; it guarantees world peace...’

A 'Stand With Texas Women' rally in Austin, Texas earlier this year

Ground zero for fight over reproductive rights across America: Texas fight for right to abortion goes to Supreme Court

Predicament of clinic in Austin deplored by abortion rights advocates nationally – and celebrated by an increasingly emboldened pro-life lobby

Book review: The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble

Mother love: Drabble does not shy away from the question of dependency

It's not just more midwives we need

To fix the maternity care crisis we should call on the experience and judgement of its practitioners, says one, who prefers to be anonymous

New mothers are not being warned about potentially life-threatening post-natal problems, warn midwife group

Almost half of women are not told about danger signs of conditions that may need emergency medical treatment, according to research by the Royal College of Midwives

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in Philomena

Nuns complain Judi Dench film Philomena 'does not tell whole truth'

The nuns insist the order never obstructed attempts to find adopted children

Meet ‘cultural norm’, he kills girls: The tragedy of child brides

The UN expresses concern about maternal mortality among children, but few member states are willing to confront the issue

Colombia sex strike 'Crossed Legs' protest appears to be working, say Barbacoas women

Women in a remote village are refusing to have sex with their partners until a dangerous 35-mile road is repaired 

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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