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Judge who ordered mentally ill pregnant woman to undergo Caesarian birth insists that decision was in her best interests

The judge who ordered a mentally ill pregnant woman to undergo a Caesarian section instead of a natural birth insisted that it was in her best interests.

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George Bush’s Second Coming – Dubya on a Christian mission to convert Jews

If George W Bush thought he was done being controversial, it appears he was mistaken. Next week, the 43rd US president will deliver the keynote address at a fundraising event for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MBJI), a global organisation that trains its members to convert Jews to Christianity, in the hope of bringing about the Second Coming of Christ.

Robson Green in ITV's Tales From Northumberland

TV review: Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green, ITV

“Everything that makes Britain great can be found right here in Northumberland,” announced Robson Green at the start of his new ITV series, Tales from Northumberland. It was a bold claim – do they even have a Nando's? – but this proud son of Hexham is so enthusiastic about the land that stretches from north of Newcastle to the Scottish border that we should give him the chance to prove it. And while Robson takes an eight-week trip around his home county, his accent will apparently be roving the length and breadth of the nation. Last night it took in West Kensington and Tyneside, plus a brief stop in County Down.

Last night's viewing - House of Surrogates, BBC4; Drama Matters: The Psychopath Next Door, Sky Living

With her glossy black hair and glamorous red sari, Dr Nayna Patel swept on to our screens last night like a movie star – a particularly bossy movie star. In fact, she's the IVF practitioner at the centre of India's $1bn-a-year commercial surrogacy industry. At her clinic and dormitory in Gujarat, she not only oversees the pregnancies of 100 women at a time, but also likes to weigh in on many other aspects of their personal lives: what they should spend their fee on, what skills they should learn, and whether they should kick that no-good husband out on to the street. So was Dr Nayna an evil capitalist exploiting the desperate for her own gain? Or a pioneering scientist and feminist crusader to boot?

‘A heaven for clinical trials, a hell for India’: Court orders government to regulate drugs testing by international pharmaceutical companies

Court orders government to regulate medical testing amid fears over industry’s safety

Knitting group 'barred' from meeting at local library because of 'dangerous needles'

Local authority says the group is too big for new facilities, while councillor condemns the decision

Caprice is expecting two babies - one by surrogate

Caprice confirms she is expecting two babies - one by surrogate

Model, actress and television personality Caprice is expecting a baby just a month after a surrogate mother is expected to give birth for her.

The gold standard for treating breast cancer which has held sway for twenty years is expected to change following results showing that death rates can be slashed further by extending drug therapy for longer

Taking breast cancer drug tamoxifen for ten years instead of five halves risk of dying from the disease, doctors say

The gold standard for treating breast cancer which has held sway for twenty years is expected to change following results showing that death rates can be slashed further by extending drug therapy for longer.

The developing embryo

'Most exciting breakthrough in IVF treatment in 30 years' could triple number of births

Simple technique tchooses the best embryo

Derya Sert became the first person successfully to receive a donor womb is six weeks into a healthy pregnancy

Turkish woman Derya Sert pregnant after receiving donor womb

A Turkish woman who became the first person successfully to receive a donor womb is six weeks into a “healthy” pregnancy.

Recipient of world's first womb transplant is likely pregnant, says hospital

A woman from Turkey who became the first person to successfully receive the uterus from a deceased donor may now be pregnant, a hospital has said.

Human placenta found in an ice cream tub in London

Police are worried that a vulnerable woman may have given birth and require medical attention

Album: Messaien/Saariaho, The Edge of Light - Gloria Cheng/Calder Quartet (Harmonia Mundi)

A third composer hovers, ghost-like, in pianist Cheng's beguiling recital with the Calder Quartet.

IVF for womb transplant woman gives hope to British women

British women born without a womb will be given fresh hope this year when scientists attempt to help the woman who had the world's first successful womb transplant to conceive a baby.

‘It was awkward when the mother had to hand over our twins’

Wombs for hire: Number of wealthy British couples seeking foreign surrogates trebles in five years

Wealthy British couples who cannot have children are increasingly seeking “wombs for hire” from women overseas, according to figures obtained by The Independent.

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