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Editor-At-Large: Let adult fatties eat themselves to death. The kids we can save

If the Government really wants to tackle obesity, it should channel all its resources into getting the young fit and healthy

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At the height of the Cold War, Ninette de Valois, the founder of the Royal Ballet, set up a ballet company on Soviet Russia's doorstep. The Istanbul State Ballet Company and the Ankara State Ballet Company are the descendants of Valois's Turkish State Ballet, and they made their first visit to London as part of the Royal Ballet's anniversary.

Ethical shopping bears fruit for fair-trade farmers

The fair trade movement has been brewing since the late 1980s when Mexican farmers rallied against the collapse of coffee prices and formed a co-operative. Now, it seems the ethical cup runneth over.

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Real Style: Spare us the Aga dramas

After `Cold Feet', stand by for a whole spate of new programmes for thirtysomethings. Enough, says MICHAEL COLLINS

If you're on the street, you need more than soup

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Junior doctors undecided after considering deal

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Fashion: It's not over. It's a wrap

Those who like their fashion hot say the pashmina is OUT. The rest of us can form a queue outside M&S. By Rebecca Lowthorpe; Photographer: Robert Fairer Stylist: Lucie Kearney
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