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An important new element is the rise in the level of a protein, CA125, in a woman’s blood compared with that shown in her last test. Photograph:Getty Images

Hopes of a screening programme for ovarian cancer, which is often lethal because detected at a late stage, rose this week with the publication of the (...)

Small children typically respond better when something is more tangible, which can be more difficult in this digital era, but piggy banks can still be found

Balancing a chequebook may be a skill largely consigned to the past, but learning about money still remains a vital life skill for children to acquire(...)

From left: former Chongqing police chief and Bo protege Wang Lijun; former Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai; Bo’s estranged wife Gu Kailai. Photographs: Jinan Intermediate People’s Court/handout via Reuters

The prosecution has demanded severe punishment for disgraced senior Communist Party cadre Bo Xilai at the end of China’s trial of the century , an unu(...)

A customer counts Indian one-hundred rupee banknotes – the currency has dropped in value recently. Photograph: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Emerging markets took another pounding last week after the Federal Reserve confirmed it was “broadly comfortable” with plans to soon scale back stimul(...)

Irish republicanism has a rich tradition of political thought, and its founding father, Wolfe Tone, is honoured at Bodenstown every year. So surely it should mean more than ‘Brits Out’? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In 1995 I took a walk with a colleague along the canal from Maynooth to Kilcock. Coming up to a bridge we spotted that someone had painted “Brits O(...)

UN chemical weapons experts interviewed and took blood samples today from victims of last week’s apparent poison gas attack in a rebel-held suburb of (...)

The trial has concluded of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai (centre), pictured along with former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun (left), who first told Bo that the latter’s wife Gu Kailai (right) had probably murdered British business Neil Heywood. Photograph: Reuters

Chinese prosecutors demanded a heavy sentence for ousted politician Bo Xilai as his divisive, dramatic trial ended this morning, saying his “whimsica(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu (centre) attending a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem yesterday. Mr Netanyahu said yesterday chemical weapons use in Syria could not be tolerated. Photograph: Dan Balilty/Reuters

Demand for gas masks soared in Israel yesterday amid fears that Syria or its regional allies, such as Hizbullah in Lebanon, may target Israel in respo(...)

Columns of smoke rise from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighbourhood, east of Damascus, yesterday. Syria reached an agreement with the United Nations yesterday  to allow a team of experts to visit the site of alleged chemical weapons attacks last week outside Damascus. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

The United States has dismissed a belated promise by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to allow United Nations inspectors to visit the site of last week’(...)

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem (right) meets UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane in Damascus.

UN inspectors are set to begin investigations today into allegations chemical weapons were deployed east of Damascus last week.The agreement between D(...)

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