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25 per cent of Russian men die before they are 55, study reports

Rats in Madagascar's prisons have been blamed for spreading bubonic plague

Madagascar faces possible bubonic plague epidemic, experts warn

Country's dirty prisons are blamed for disease's spread

Taliban renews assault on Pakistani polio vaccination teams, killing two

Two people were killed and up to 20 more injured after Taliban militants used a bomb to target a team delivering polio vaccination drops to children in north-west Pakistan.

A woman sells coca leaves in La Paz, Bolivia, where the plant has traditionally had medicinal purposes

Lifting ban on cocaine plant can help millions of lives, MPs told

Coca can treat muscle pain and could provide income for impoverished farmers, says study

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Report urges review of coca leaf research

Sweden ranked as the best place to grow old in report

World population is aging so fast most countries are not adequately prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people says report

Ralph in 1958 from 'Ralph Miliband and the Politics of the New Left' by Michael Newman

The Daily Mail vs Ed Miliband - now the flames have really been stoked

Sometimes they print things so myopic that you feel a fly on the wall might learn something genuinely new about human nature

5.3 million people are now receiving antiretroviral therapy to treat HIV

UK pledges £1bn to battle AIDS, TB and Malaria – some of world's most devastating preventable diseases

Only the USA will pay more on global health  - with our contribution aiming to save 'a life every three minutes'

Scientists have discovered the 'blue print' for a revolutionary universal flu vaccine that could protect against all strains of seasonal inluenza – even new deadly new viruses never encountered before

Scientists discover 'blue print' for revolutionary universal flu vaccine

A set of naturally occurring immune cells could play a crucial role in the body's resistance to flu

The UN's statistics on sexual violence are shocking, but they also point the way for change

Changing our idea of masculinity is the key to preventing violence against women

Lung diseases kill one in 10 Europeans

Lung diseases kill one in 10 Europeans, with greatest risk in Britain

Lung diseases kill one in every 10 Europeans, new figures suggest, and the proportion of deaths caused by the diseases in the UK is the highest of any European nation.

Life and health are not to be begrudged

Kate Hughes: Life and health are not to be begrudged

It's a truth that all of us have had a subconscious knowledge of for as long as we can remember: gender, occupation, wealth and even where in the country you live can have a huge effect on how long and in what health you survive.

Race for life: Blood tests

Stories from the forgotten heroes of Sars

It was the huge bravery of medical staff that contained the pandemic 10 years ago – many of whom risked or even lost their lives. Simon Usborne hears their stories

Indonesian mothers holding their daughters after they received a circumcision

Protests mark new campaign against ‘female circumcision’

Campaigners protested in central London against the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Coronavirus was the official cause of the Sars virus, which caused hundreds of deaths in 2003, said the WHO

Man dies from new Sars-like coronavirus in central London hospital

The patient, believed to be 49, was being treated for acute respiratory syndrome and kidney failure

Electron microscope image of the Aids virus

Two HIV-infected men treated with bone marrow transplants 'have no detectable Aids virus'

One patient has now been off anti-retroviral drug treatment for 15 weeks and the other for seven weeks

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
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But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence