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‘Remarkable’ decline in fertility rates

Image copyright Getty Images There has been a remarkable global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers. Their report found fertility rate falls meant nearly half of countries were now facing a “baby bust” – meaning there are insufficient children to maintain their population size. The researchers said the findings were […]

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NHS outpatients service ‘stuck in the 18th Century’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are 127 millon outpatient appointments every year The way hospitals in the UK run outpatient clinic appointments is stuck “in the 18th Century”, leading doctors say. Every year millions of people travel to hospitals, where doctors check up on their health and discuss their care. The Royal College […]

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‘I was told I’d die if I had a baby’

Image caption Hayley Martin thought she was dying when she had her heart attack Women who survive a heart attack caused by a condition called SCAD are usually told not to have children due to the risk of it happening again. Now the first babies are being born at the world’s first clinic that helps […]

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Epilepsy: ‘I’m not daydreaming Miss, I’m having a seizure’

Epilepsy: ‘I’m not daydreaming Miss, I’m having a seizure’

Image caption Olivia was diagnosed with absence seizures at the age of 11 “When I was younger my teachers thought I was naughty and ‘away with the fairies’. But I was having absence seizures,” says Olivia Salvati, 21. “It’s not like daydreaming – it’s like having a horrendous nightmare that leaves you feeling completely drained.” […]

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Thousand Oaks wildfire: ‘How much more can this town endure?’

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Esperance beat Al Ahly to win African Champions League

Saad Bguir celebrates scoring for Esperance in Rades Saad Bguir was the unlikely two-goal star as Esperance of Tunisia defeated Egyptian side Al Ahly 3-0 to win a third CAF Champions League title. The 24-year-old midfielder, a reserve for most of the campaign, only started in the second leg of the final because of Franck […]

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UK minister quits government over Brexit

Media captionThe Brexit deal “will see us cede control” – Jo Johnson Jo Johnson has quit as transport minister and called for the public to have a fresh say on Brexit. The MP, who is Boris Johnson’s brother but voted Remain in the referendum, said the deal being negotiated with the EU “will be a […]

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Austrian colonel ‘spied for Russia since 1990s’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (left) said: “Russian spying in Europe is unacceptable” An Austrian colonel is being investigated on suspicion of spying for Russia, Austrian officials have said. The 70-year-old suspect, recently retired, is said to have been spying since the 1990s up until this year. Austrian Foreign Minister […]

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Marseille collapse: The day France’s second city ripped apart

Image copyright AFP Image caption For much of the week, emergency services searched the rubble of the two houses in Rue d’Aubagne The deadly collapse of two houses in Marseille has traumatised France’s second city in a way that eerily echoes London’s Grenfell Tower disaster. The full horror emerged only gradually, as firefighters painstakingly searched […]

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Afghanistan war: Taliban attend landmark peace talks in Russia

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Members of the Taliban delegation take their seats at the Moscow talks Russia has hosted a landmark international meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow aimed at kick-starting peace talks after decades of war. It is the first time Taliban militants have attended such an event. Members of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, […]

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