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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.

Dr Jo Lusi is here to address the British government high level meeting on sexual violence in emergencies

Doctor tells of fight to stop rape being used as a weapon

The head of a Congo hospital offering surgery to survivors of sexual assault has come to London

The NHS carried out 2,000 labial reductions in 2010

'Designer vagina' boom: Unnecessary, harmful operation not to be offered to girls under age of 18, say experts

The NHS carried out 2,000 labial reductions in 2010, but this could be just 'the tip of the iceberg' as private clinics do not have to record data

Victims of the implant scandal arriving for the start of the trial of Jean-Claude Mas for fraud in Marseilles earlier this year

Breast implants ruling in PIP scandal could lead to compensation for 400,000 women

Ruling opens the way to millions in compensation claims

Surgeons 'affected after surgery goes wrong,' says study

Surgeons are emotionally affected when complications occur in the operating theatre and hospitals should do more to support them to overcome feelings of guilt and loss of confidence, a study has said.

Why the decision to circumcise must be left to parents

A ban would force the practice underground, and could lead to more botched jobs

Letters: An open letter to Russell Brand

Constructive action is what is called for here

Scientists have discovered a new body part

Orthopedic surgeons find a new ligament that may explain why knees 'give way' even after rehabilitation treatment

Everton's Arouna Kone

Everton striker Arouna Kone to undergo knee operation

The Ivory Coast international joined from Wigan over the summer

James Moore: G4S needs radical surgery to survive

Outlook The reason that G4S made such a pig's ear of the London Olympics is that it failed to hire enough staff to do the job.

A five-week-old baby has become the youngest organ donor in Britain after a successful operation to save the life of a 22-year-old

Woman's life saved by five-week-old baby’s donated kidneys

Parents of youngest organ donor in British history give their consent for life-changing transplant in 22-year-old

Finger-pointing: Greg Dyke had his chance and blew it. The self-styled radical has set up a talking shop, not an instrument of change

The Last Word: Here's the bold commission Greg Dyke should have chosen...

Greg Dyke had his chance and blew it. Instead of innovation and imagination, he chose conservatism and conciliation. The Football Association's self-styled radical was excessively respectful to the dysfunctional system he supposedly seeks to dismantle.

Gareth Bale could require back surgery to correct a disc problem in his spinal column

Real Madrid deny report that Gareth Bale needs back surgery after suffering a 'small chronic protrusion in a spinal disc'

Spanish club claim that the world's most expensive player remains on course for his comeback from injury

Steatoda nobilis or false widow spider

Amateur footballer undergoes emergency surgery after false widow spider bite in Devon

The most venomous spider in Britain has bitten an amateur footballer in Devon.

Maria de Villota has died aged 33 just a year after being involved in a horrific crash where she lost her right eye

Maria de Villota obituary: One of a handful of women to test-drive in Formula 1

Formula One paddock in mourning after the former Marussia test driver was found dead at the age of 33

Marouane Fellaini will be ruled out for two weeks rather than the two months first feared by Manchester United

Manchester United given boost after Marouane Fellaini injury not as bad as first feared

Midfielder is expected to miss just two weeks as opposed to the two months United feared once he has surgery on damaged wrist ligaments

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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
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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
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Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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