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Campbell diaries: Murdoch ‘called Blair over Iraq’

BBC News Rupert Murdoch called Tony Blair urging him not to delay the invasion of Iraq, former Number 10 communications chief Alastair Campbell has said. The claim is made in the latest part of Mr Campbell’s diaries, which are being … Continue reading

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Range of brain diseases could be treated by single drug

James Gallagher BBC News The tantalising prospect of treating a range of brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, all with the same drug, has been raised by UK researchers. In a study, published in Nature, they prevented brain cells … Continue reading

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How soap operas changed the world

Stephanie Hegarty BBC News Soap operas aren’t often celebrated for contributing to the good of society. Whether it’s the materialism of Dallas or the idle gossip of Neighbours, they are better known for being shallow and addictive than for bringing … Continue reading

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Uzbekistan may be secretly sterilising women

Natalia Antelava BBC News The BBC has been told by doctors that Uzbekistan is running a secret programme to sterilise women – and has talked to women sterilised without their knowledge or consent. Adolat has striking looks, a quiet voice … Continue reading

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Are humans ready to become digital?

Spencer Kelly BBC News Technology is bringing the virtual and real world closer together. The Robots and Avatars exhibition explores how people will work and play with new representational forms of themselves and others in virtual and physical life in … Continue reading

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Lord Heseltine says UK will join the euro

BBC News Conservative peer and former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has told the BBC that he thinks the UK will join the euro “if it survives”. The pro-European politician, recently appointed as a government adviser, told the Daily Politics … Continue reading

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Controversy over Mexico’s ‘criminal children’ video

BBC News A video message aimed at Mexico’s presidential candidates that shows children acting as kidnappers, corrupt police officers and drug traffickers has sparked controversy in Mexico. Campaigners say the video, which was funded by private companies, is meant to … Continue reading

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Kidney cancers: Major rise ‘linked to obesity’

BBC News Obesity is fuelling a major increase in the number of cases of kidney cancers diagnosed in Britain, experts say. Cancer Research UK has published figures showing there were just over 9,000 cases in 2009, compared with just under … Continue reading

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Anti-insect wheat trials launched

David Shukman BBC News The first experiments with plants genetically modified to repel aphids are under way in the UK. Wheat has been engineered with a gene from a peppermint plant so that it emits a particular pheromone. The smell … Continue reading

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Diabetes complications ‘at record high’

BBC News Rates of stroke and kidney failure in people with diabetes have surged in England, according to new analysis by Diabetes UK. An audit of 1.9 million people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes found more than 13,000 … Continue reading

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