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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.

Police officers searching a field at Cariad Farm, Peterstone Wentloog, Gwent

South Wales slavery inquiry: Police appeal for writer of anonymous letter to come forward over 'shocking' discovery

Investigation sparked after shock discovery of man in Marshfield who had been missing for 13 years

Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool talks with Victor Moses

Brendan Rodgers defends decisions in face of criticism, insisting they are for the greater good at Liverpool

The Reds' manager has made some questionable transfer and team selection calls

Richard Whitehead, Paralympian

Page 3 Profile: Richard Whitehead, Paralympian

Crikey! Just looking at his muscles is exhausting.

Man dies from ripped intestine after swallowing pill in its packaging

Swedish hospital now being investigated to establish if any of its procedures were at fault

Morbidly obese two-year-old from Saudi Arabia youngest person to have gastric bypass surgery

The child had a Body Mass Index of 41 had continued to gain weight despite efforts to control his diet

Strictly regal: Naomi Watts in ‘Diana’

The week in radio: Waffling Watts's royal appointment is a real wind-up

It's possible that when the actress Naomi Watts, ensconced in a suite at Claridge's, donned a set of headphones to speak to Radio 5 Live's Simon Mayo for an interview, she had already read the abominable reviews for the film, Diana, that she was supposed to be promoting and thought to herself: "Why bother?" Or it could be that room service had arrived earlier than expected – and given the choice between Simon Mayo and a plate of macaroons, well, it's a tough one even for the most committed self-publicist.

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013 winner: Apocalypse (My Boyfriend Doesn’t Care) (2013) by Slovakian artist Svetlana Fialova

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013: The winning picture by Svetlana Fialova is a canny but misguided choice

Apocalypse (My Boyfriend Doesn’t Care) (2013) by Slovakian artist Svetlana Fialova, 28, has been announced as this year’s winner of the biggest drawing prize in the UK. It is a canny but misguided choice.

England and Leicester flanker Tom Croft ruled out for the season

Lions player suffered knee ligament damage on Sunday and was forced to undergo surgery

Guo Bin is hugged by his mother before undergoing orbital implants surgery

Six-year-old Chinese boy whose eyes were gouged out given free implants

Police said they suspect the boy’s aunt of the crime, a theory which the family rejects

Jacque Rogge

Departing president Jacques Rogge set the tone for Olympic Movement’s quiet revolution against doping and for equality

Reserved Belgian bows out as president on Tuesday night and should be proud of his fight against doping and for equality at the Olympics

Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor has urged politicians to withdraw the invitation to controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi to visit the UK and 'take a principled stand'

Anish Kapoor urges MPs to cancel visit from controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi

Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor has urged politicians to withdraw the invitation to controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi to visit the UK and “take a principled stand”. The message comes as critics plan protests on Monday against one of the MPs that invited Mr Modi.

the classified document outlines a highly-sensitive inquiry into the claims that the elderly Nazi was killed on British orders to preserve wartime secrets

Adolf Hitler's Nazi deputy Rudolf Hess ‘murdered by British agents’ to stop him spilling wartime secrets

Surgeon claims Hess was killed on British orders to preserve wartime secrets

Up to 80 surgeries are under threat

Country doctors could 'disappear' from rural communities as government reduces funding and workloads increase

Scrapping of key funding guarantee threatens up to 80 'small GP surgeries'

Malala Yousafazi waves before speaking at the opening of Birmingham Library

Malala Yousafzai: Pakistani teen shot by Taliban opens new library in Birmingham

A teenager who was shot by the Taliban after campaigning for women's rights declared herself an honorary Brummie today as she officially opened a new £188 million civic library.

Some GP practices failed to submit data

NHS receives 3,000 complaints every week - with nearly half against medical professionals

NHS Confederation said it was important to keep the number of complaints in perspective

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'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
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Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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On the margins

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Why patients must rely less on doctors

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