News Is anybody out there? Justin Bieber's Believe is 14th at the US box office

The controversial pop star is also facing charges of driving under the influence in Florida and is under investigation for vandalism in LA

Justin Bieber with his pet monkey Mally

Germany nationalises Justin Bieber's monkey Mally after the pop star fails to claim him

Justin Bieber’s pet monkey is set to become property of Germany after the Canadian pop star failed to produce the correct vaccination and import papers for the animal.

MMR vaccination up-take remains too low among the worst-hit 10 to 18 age group

50,000 MMR vaccinations so far in battle to halt Welsh measles epidemic

But up-take remains too low among the worst-hit 10 to 18 age group

The Vaccines, pictured playing in Leeds last Sunday

Man pulled from queue for Vaccines gig and quizzed to see if he's a fan of the band

Some of the best musical moments are borne from random discovery. Previously, that might have been via something overheard in a record shop. Or, say, seeing a band you don’t know live. Though, that option didn’t exist for Andy Bellis this week.

Colorized transmission electron micrograph of avian influenza A H5N1 viruses (seen in gold) grown in Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells (seen in green)

'Appalling irresponsibility': Senior scientists attack Chinese researchers for creating new strains of influenza virus in veterinary laboratory

Experts warn of danger that the new viral strains created by mixing bird-flu virus with human influenza could escape from the laboratory to cause a global pandemic killing millions of people.

Activists with their faces painted like badgers dance to Brian May's 'The Badger Song' as they take part in a flash-mob protest against a proposed cull of the animals, outside Britain's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in London

Badger flash mob targets Defra in protest against cull soundtracked by Brian May

A badger flash-mob protested today against a Government-led cull of the animals, outside the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra).

OAPs to get shingles vaccinations in bid to end almost half of cases

800,000 over-70s to receive jab

The News Matrix: Tuesday 30 April 2013

2015 ‘will see change in UK government’

Every child in England and Wales will be vaccinated against flu each year to limit the spread of outbreaks

Every child to get flu vaccine in bid to prevent epidemic

Every child in England and Wales will be vaccinated against flu each year to limit the spread of outbreaks, the Government will announce today.

'Reservoirs of disease': Private school pupils 'at much greater risk' of getting measles than those in state sector, says leading doctor John Ashton

Children at private schools face the greatest risk from the measles outbreak and could pose a health threat to the rest of the population, a leading doctor has warned.

Bill Gates pledges $1.8bn for global fight against polio

Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder and world’s leading philanthropist, has donated $1.8bn (£1.1bn) to fight polio.

Lucy Butler,15, getting ready to have her measles jab at All Saints School in Ingleby Barwick, Teesside as a national vaccination catch-up campaign has been launched to curb a rise in measles cases in England

Swansea measles case expected to hit 1,000 at weekend as 50 new cases emerge in last two days

More than 50 new cases of measles have been identified in the last two days in the Swansea area with the total expected to reach 1,000 by the weekend.

Because measles spreads so easily, 95 per cent of the population needs to be vaccinated

Measles outbreak: race to give a million children MMR jabs

One million children who missed out on the MMR vaccine around a decade ago are to be targeted in a national campaign to raise the level of protection against measles.

An MMR jab is administered

Number of people infected with measles jumps by 78 in just five days

The number of people infected with measles has shot up by more than 78 in just than five days, health officials have confirmed.

Vaccinations play a huge part in deciding a country's long-term health

Just sixty years ago polio haunted the streets of Britain. The disease left thousands of children with paralysed limbs, forced to face a lifetime of disability. Hospital wards were filled with row upon row of iron lungs. Hundreds died every year.

One in five children worldwide are missing out on vaccines

Worldwide, 20 per cent of children go unvaccinated

With the measles outbreak in Swansea now in its second month, Sarah Morrison reports on why the global drive to immunise all babies against preventable diseases has hit a plateau

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A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
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‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

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History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
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11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain