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Martin Clunes and Philippa Braithwaite pictured in January 2012

Martin Clunes used Doc Martin knowledge to stop 'nonsensical' operation being performed on his wife

Doc Martin star Martin Clunes used his medical knowledge from his years playing the grumpy West Country GP to step in and stop surgeons operating on his wife.

Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone

‘Dirty and unsafe’: Whipps Cross hospital told it must make urgent changes

Inspectors reported cases of women having to wait up to four hours to be seen at a labour ward

Dai Greene reflects on another disappointing display

World Championships 2013: Injury curse leaves Dai Greene feeling blue but Perri Shakes-Drayton is ready to provide the fizz

Defending 400 metres world champion has every reason to feel glum

Netanyahu recovering after successful hernia surgery in Israel

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, underwent successful hernia surgery today, but will require several days’ rest to make a full recovery, aides and doctors said.

Man held by police after 11-year-old boy killed by tractor

The driver of a tractor involved in a collision that killed an 11-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving.

GP commissioners said their dual role had become unmanageable

NHS hit by resignations of two CCG chairs

Chairs for Lewisham and Hull said commissioning while continuing their clinical role as family doctors had become unmanageable

A consultant analyzes a mammogram

New test allows surgeons to detect spread of breast cancer tumours immediately

The RD-100i OSNA system will spare sufferers the agony of waiting up to three weeks for results

GP surgeries must inform patients about data plan - or face legal action

GP practices could face prosecution under the Data Protection Act if they do not take steps to inform patients that data will be taken from their records and used by the NHS and private companies from this autumn.

Darren Fletcher

Darren Fletcher unable to put date on return for Manchester United

The midfielder was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis

Demonstrators are hit by water cannon during clashes against Turkish police forces

Former head of Turkish army is one of 17 jailed for life over 'Deep State' coup plot

Ringleaders of ‘deep state’ plot are sentenced as epic trial concludes with 300 verdicts

Privately-run hospital taken over by NHS after patient deaths following routine surgery

Commissioning Support Unit confirm services currently provided by Clinicenta will transfer to East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Musician Randy Travis has been discharged from hospital following heart failure and a stroke.

Randy Travis discharged from hospital after heart failure and stroke

Country music star Randy Travis is out of the hospital three weeks after he was admitted with congestive heart failure and later suffered a stroke.

Jon Freeman: Why can’t all horses with broken legs be saved?

St Nicholas Abbey’s recovery depends on his temperament and avoiding complications

Neo-Nazi Italian GP has bust of Hitler in library

Italy’s dubious relationship with far-right politics is in the spotlight again with news that an unabashed neo-Nazi doctor has been reported to the country’s health ministry.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?