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Cough syrup linked to 33 deaths in Pakistan

Pakistani authorities are investigating allegations that cough syrup has killed 33 people over the past three days, a government official said, the second time in recent months medicine is suspected of causing multiple deaths.

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George Osborne denies fiddling the figures

George Osborne denied that the poor were bearing the brunt of austerity as he defended his mini-budget today.

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Police officer Multan Khan said the dead were all drug addicts

Nasal spray developed that could end daily injections for sufferers of Type 1 diabetes

A nasal spray has been developed that could mean an end to daily injections for sufferers of Type 1 diabetes.

This summer's bad weather is likely to blame for the fall in honey yields

Honey's too tight to mention: rain and cold weather hit hive yields

Rain and cold weather this summer saw honey yields from hives fall by almost three-quarters.

Plot thickens in Canada's maple syrup raids

A shipment of maple syrup was given a police escort across Eastern Canada after being seized by detectives investigating the theft of about 10 per cent of Quebec's "strategic syrup reserve".

Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire, By Andrea Stuart

Both family memoir and colonial history, this scrupulous and sensitive Caribbean journey tells a story that we all share.

Corn syrup from corn fields like this have been linked to obesity

The deadly legacy of America's fields of gold

Corn syrup is blamed for the rise in obesity and related diseases

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Cutesy covers of classic songs are marketing gold, says Rhodri Marsden

Sugar warning for 'healthy drinks'

People are underestimating sugar levels in drinks which are perceived to be "healthy" options, according to new research.

Album: Vince Gill, Guitar Slinger (MCA/Decca)

How do you follow up a 43-song Grammy-winning album? If you're Vince Gill, by going back to basics and recording a straightforward Nashville pea-souper, thick with sentiment, big feelings and yet more emotional confabulations about life, death and the whole damn shooting match.

Sugar: arriving on the boxing scene in the ’70s, he was soon regarded as one of the sport’s main voices

Bert Sugar: Writer who lit up boxing with his colourful tales and opinions

Owing money, he gave one writer a cheque for $600. Asked if it would bounce, he said, 'like a basketball'

AG Barr crosses with Rubicon into tropical ice cream

The Irn-Bru maker AG Barr is moving into the ice-cream market with a range of tropical flavour tubs and lollies under its Rubicon brand.

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