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Disabled people shouldn't be forced to shop on the internet. The high street should be available and accessible to everyone

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Stafford Hospital carer accused of dragging 73-year-old by collar

Four doctors and 10 nurses face misconduct hearings in wake of healthcare scandal  

Luol Deng wrote to the Prime Minister

Basketball wins Olympic funding reprieve

Table tennis, indoor volleyball, sitting volleyball and wrestling miss out

Ricky Gervais in Channel 4 show Derek

Ricky Gervais' Derek may be clumsy but he’s not cruel

Gervais claims the character in his controversial new sitcom isn't meant to be disabled - but how is he perceived?

Nice's drug-approval formula is flawed, warn researchers

The method used to assess which drugs should be recommended for widespread use on the NHS is “flawed”, researchers have said.

Mikaela Shiffrin won her third slalom of the season last week

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Snow only visits Britain so that we can have slush. For those who yearn for the Alpine winter, the Gulf Stream releases the island from its dull, temperate grip in pure mockery. These boreal interludes ultimately work more painfully on the soul than on frostbitten fingers, blistering it in disillusion. And this bittersweet, nostalgic quality to every British snowflake is why they must never change the theme music on Ski Sunday.

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The International Contergan Thalidomide Alliance attends a protest outside the German embassy in London in 2008

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Fifty years after the world was shocked by the thalidomide scandal, survivors are still being identified in Britain.

James Moore: Just the ticket? These watchdogs are a no-show

Outlook Talking of regulators and monopolies, with the weekend fast approaching many people will be finalising plans to take in a show, or a concert, or maybe a theatre production.

Cameron (pictured with his wife Suzy Amis) claims he came up with the idea when he was a small boy

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Stewie takes on his evil half-brother Bertram in Heavy Iron Studios’ warped cartoon shooter.

So Atos are happy to test disabled people, but not so willing to evacuate them during a fire alarm

As the Atos boss is rewarded a £1million bonus, a man Parkinson’s disease was left behind during a fire alarm.

Enough tokenism. Show us some disabled superheroes for kids to look up to

Peppa Pig with a walking frame? It’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities and time children’s TV heroes spoke to a vital demographic of young viewers.

Centres 'unfit for work'

One in four centres run by the firm carrying out the controversial "fit for work" assessments for the sick and disabled lacks disabled access, MPs were told yesterday.

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