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Westminster Outlook Michael Fallon is Westminster's – and the world's – first land-dwelling, four-limbed octopus, his tentacles wrapped around Whitehall, circular suckers incapable of being removed from powerful ministries of state.

Family of Sandra d'Auriol say they believe her death may be linked to anesthetic as police launch investigation

Ms D'Auriol had stayed overnight at the clinic after undergoing plastic surgery

Criminal mastermind: Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell: Wallander author reveals he has cancer

Mankell will document his battle with the disease for a newspaper column

Man robbed jewellery store because 'politicians have been thieving from us for years'

Robber needed money for polio-stricken cousin's surgery

Juan Mata was presented as a Manchester United player on the same day as the return to training of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney

Manchester United v Cardiff: Juan Mata unveiling comes on the same day that Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie return to training

There was more than one reason why David Moyes was all smiles as he sat alongside Mata at his first press conference since joining the club

Bryan Oviedo suffered a double leg break in stretching to make a recovering challenge

Stevenage 0 Everton 4: Bryan Oviedo’s injury in FA Cup a sorry symptom of demand on players to compete

Oviedo joined colleagues Coleman, Gibson, Kone, Barkley, Distin, Pienaar and Deulofeu in the Everton sick bay

Cosmetic surgery clinic fined for sculptures made of patients’ bones

Two glass vases had been filled with over 2,000 jaw bone fragments with patient names written on them

 

Four-year-old Sean Turner died in March 2012 following heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital

Sean Turner: Inquest rules 'lost opportunities' in four-year-old's care

A Bristol hospital has apologised over the treatment a four-year-old heart patient received on a ward after his parents condemned his care as “shambolic”.

Opera singer out of work after surgery left her unable to sing due to chronic flatulence

Surgeons say the problem may be difficult to fix

More than 11,000 lives could have been saved if heart attack care in Britain matched that in Sweden

More than 11,000 lives could have been saved in the past seven years if treatment for heart attacks in the UK was as good as that available in Sweden, according to a major new study.

Andy Murray pictured during his defeat to Roger Federer

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray upset by 'double bounce' call as Roger Federer halts comeback

British number one proud despite being knocked out in quarter-final

Andy Murray (pictured practicing with coach Ivan Lendl, left) could be involved in three Davis Cup matches next week

Australian Open 2014: Ivan Lendl lets facade drop to praise Andy Murray's recovery

Coming from Old Stoneface himself, this was praise indeed for Andy Murray. "He is hitting the ball great," Ivan Lendl, the Scot's coach said. "I think he has played enough matches now. I am not concerned about that."

Andy Murray gives away his racket which he broke during his victory over Stephane Robert

Australian Open 2014: Roger Federer to give Andy Murray first true test since his return

British No 1 to face the rejuvenated Swiss he beat in last year’s semi-finals

Darren Barker has announced his retirement from boxing after suffering a hip injury in the defeat to Felix Sturm

Boxing: Former world champion Darren Barker announces his retirement after suffering dislocated hip in defeat to Felix Sturm

Barker lost his IBF world middleweight title at the first defence after suffering the serious injury early inthe fight

Andy Murray celebrates his straight-sets victory over Go Soeda in the first round of the Australian Open

Australian Open: Andy Murray warns of pushing players to the limit in 40-degree heat after coming through first round against Go Soeda

Players faint and vomit on scorching day at Australian Open but tournament doctor insists there is no cause for alarm

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