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Experts to review stroke clot-buster  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:20:11 GMT
The UK medicines watchdog is setting up a review to look at the safety of alteplase, a clot-busting drug often used to treat strokes. 
Double vaccines 'could end polio'  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:31:23 GMT
Using both types of polio vaccine could speed up efforts to free the world of the crippling and potentially fatal disease, research suggests. 
I'm not racist nor sexist - Mackay  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:37:53 GMT
Ex-Cardiff boss Malky Mackay says he is no "racist, sexist, homophobe or anti-Semite" after sending offensive text messages. 
Ecclestone to continue in F1 role  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:47:51 GMT
Bernie Ecclestone tells the BBC he wants to run Formula 1 for as long as he can after paying £60m to end a bribery trial. 
What are the main reasons men pay for sex?  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:02:54 GMT
There's a stereotypical image of the kind of men who go to prostitutes. How do they explain paying for sex? 
Is anti-Semitism rising?  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:18:37 GMT
Does the evidence support claims that anti-Semitism has risen since the recent conflict between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza? 
Army takes over Miss Uganda contest  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:59:26 GMT
Forces hope Miss Uganda will boost agriculture. 
India's Kerala to ban alcohol sales  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:57:34 GMT
Authorities in the southern Indian state of Kerala outline plans to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to tackle the state's drink problem. 
Lithuania envoy killed in Ukraine  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:31:43 GMT
Lithuania says its honorary consul has been murdered by "terrorists" in Luhansk, in rebel-held eastern Ukraine. 
Argentina debt plan ruled 'illegal'  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:32:35 GMT
Argentina's plan to ask investors holding defaulted bonds to swap them for new locally issued debt is ruled "illegal" by a US court. 
Iraqi Christians welcomed in France  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:38:41 GMT
France welcomes about 40 Iraqi Christian refugees flown to Paris from Irbil in Iraqi Kurdistan after fleeing Islamist fighters. 
IS militants 'biggest threat' to US  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:59:48 GMT
Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq are the most dangerous threat the US has faced in recent years, senior American officials warn. 
UK won't work with Assad - Hammond  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:52:30 GMT
Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against Islamic State extremists, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says. 
Cliff police and BBC to face MPs  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:28:57 GMT
BBC and South Yorkshire Police chiefs are summoned before MPs after a claim of a "cover-up" over the raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home. 
Rapid 'doctor's assistant' expansion  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:14:05 GMT
The NHS is to rapidly expand the number of physician associates, who take histories of patients, examine them and make simple diagnoses.