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The bustling Accident & Emergency ward at Milton Keynes Hospital

The NHS needs the courage to 'adapt and survive'

The NHS is at a fork in the road. Over the next 20 years, the number of people aged over 85 will .....

Letter from the Sub-Editor: Canada is seen as a peaceful nation, but violent crime isn’t as rare as you might think

Seeing a nation’s capital locked down because of gunmen on the loose might not have been so surpr.....

Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

Zellweger's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday

Armed RCMP officers approach Centre Block on Parliament Hilll

Ottawa shooting: A shock attack in a peaceful Canadian nation

Violent crime is more common in Canada than you might think

Head of RCMP Bob Paulson briefs Canadian prime Minister Stephen Harper on the shootings at Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Ottawa shooting: Harper’s pro-US agenda has turned Canada into a target – and divided society

The impact of the country’s participation in the US-led war against Isis has already been felt

260 extra doctors will be drafted in to bolster accident and emergency units in hospitals across England

If I’ve got dementia, I’d expect my GP to identify it without being paid extra

Most worrying of all, this cash-for-diagnosis plan turns patients into commodities

Barack Obama makes a statement for the press after a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House

With two more years still left in office, has Obama already lost the plot entirely?

It’s election time again and the President is getting pelted

Prime Minister’s Questions: Yah Miliband versus Boo Cameron

A full, detailed and balanced account of today’s exchanges in the House of Commons

'Irritatingly Disneyfied': fashion vlogger Zoella

Zoella is a great role model - she changed my life

Zoe showed me – and many others - that feminism can come in all forms, even a pixie-like vlogger with a love of cosmetics

The reactions to Renee Zellweger's face say more about us than about her

Is it really any of our business what a women decides to do to her own body?

US Secretary of State John Kerry

When only 4 per cent of those killed by US drone strikes are named members of al-Qaeda, it's hard to trust American foreign policy

John Kerry says all those fired at by drones in Pakistan are “confirmed terrorist targets” – but with 1,675 unnamed dead how do we know?

Countries that have relaxed sex-worker laws have seen a fall in Aids infections but no increase in street-based prostitution

As an ex prostitute, I urge all the political parties to commit to the Sex Buyer Law

Prostitution is not a woman's right. It is the end of women's rights.

A still from Central African Republic: Descent into Chaos

Rory Peck Awards 2014 News Finalist: Pacôme Pabandji

Pabandji has been nominated for Central African Republic: Descent into Chaos

Nigel Farage has urged supporters to buy Mike Read's Ukip Calypso song and push it up to the No 1 spot

My limerick response to Mike Read’s Ukip Calypso

Only another traditional verse form will do

The number of ring ouzels have seen a 30 per cent decline in the last 10 years

How the sight of flocks of ring ouzels helps to turn autumn into the new spring

Many other winter migrants are arriving right now, such as Scandinavian finches

Reeva Steenkamp is

Since Reeva Steenkamp's death, 243 women have been killed by male violence in the UK alone

Meanwhile, the refuges that have saved countless women’s lives are being closed

Actor Brad Pitt

The over-50s have the real voting and spending power — so why are we so obsessed with youth?

They are the wealthiest, happiest, most spendthrift and politically engaged of all age groups

Daily catch-up: unbuilt buildings, the new Establishment and polling on Europe

Scouring the websphere to bring you the oldest and the latest news

Nigel Farage has urged supporters to buy Mike Read's Ukip Calypso song and push it up to the No 1 spot

Mike Read’s Ukip calypso is mesmerisingly atrocious — but it's not racist

If it seems a peculiar musical form for a pre-2014 election campaign anthem, well, isn’t that the central point about Ukip?

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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
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Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?