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British songstress Adele has been given the perfect get well gift after being nominated for six Grammys at next year's awards.

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Bryan Robson has resigned as Thailand's national coach, the country's football association president has said.

Adele cancels entire US tour as she battles laryngitis

Her powerful voice and bittersweet lyrics have helped to propel her to the top of the United States charts as one of the few British artists to crack America, but the strain of success showed yesterday after laryngitis forced Adele to cancel the remaining dates of her sell-out North American tour.

Sloane Crosley: 'I smile at people I don't know and ignore those I do'

When I was little I had perfect vision. Until I went off to university, I was consulted on all things near (the ingredients in a can of soup) and far (street signs). "Yours will go too," my mother would say when I tried on her glasses and quickly flung them from my head before they made me dizzy.

Robson confident of making a full recovery

Former England captain to have treatment in Thailand for cancer that he initially thought was a sore throat

I suffered post-traumatic stress after being waterboarded on Ken Loach set, says actor

A former paratrooper claims he suffered sustained panic attacks and post-traumatic stress after being waterboarded for a scene in a new film by Ken Loach. Trevor Williams said he was strapped to a bench press, had his feet elevated, hands tied and face covered with a rag while experiencing "simulated drowning" for a total of 80 seconds, halting only when he gave small thumb signals to the crew.

Operation helps woman to speak again after 11 years

A woman who was unable to utter a word for more than a decade has spoken of a "miracle" after her speech was restored in a pioneering transplant.

Surgeon says UK voicebox transplants on horizon

Voicebox transplants could be carried out in the UK in the next few years, according to a surgeon involved in the latest procedure.

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On The Road: The sacred and the profane in Indonesia

My guide's ponytail tumbled out of his helmet as he led me towards a group of men chatting happily around a tethered buffalo. The kretek – clove cigarettes – were passed round and pleasantries exchanged before there was a palpable shift in ambience from the profane to the sacred.

Man in US sprouts pea plant in his lung

A pea has been found sprouting in the lung of a 75-year-old man from Massachusetts.

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