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Paracetamol for back pain questioned  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:55:37 GMT
Taking paracetamol for lower back pain does not improve recovery time or provide any greater pain relief than using a placebo, scientists say. 
Genetic clues to age of first period  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:09:28 GMT
The timing of when a girl reaches puberty is controlled by hundreds of genes, say scientists. 
Lampard joins MLS side New York City  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:59:21 GMT
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard joins Major League Soccer side New York City FC on a two-year deal. 
Renicks sisters claim golden double  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:44:44 GMT
Sisters Kimberley and Louise Renicks win Scotland's first golds of the Commonwealth Games with thrilling judo victories. 
When time stood still  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:24:31 GMT
The story of the watch that survived Hiroshima - and its owner, who found peace through forgiveness. 
The deaths uniting women across the world  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:10:42 GMT
After 13 years, Nato troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan - thousands of soldiers have died but the experiences of their widows differ dramatically. 
SA teachers 'racially abused pupils'  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:44:39 GMT
South Africa's Human Rights Commission finds a school guilty of hate speech towards black and mixed-race pupils. 
Taiwan plane crash toll reaches 48  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:29:17 GMT
Forty-eight people are now known to have died after a passenger plane crashed in Taiwan's Penghu island, as a storm passed over the area. 
Norway in Syria-linked terror alert  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:01:34 GMT
Norway is boosting security because of an imminent threat from people linked to Islamist militants in Syria, Norway's intelligence chief says. 
Aruba detains top Venezuela official  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:55:13 GMT
The Caribbean island of Aruba has detained a top Venezuelan official, Gen Hugo Carvajal, sought in the US for drug trafficking offences. 
Europe lifts Tel Aviv flights ban  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:22:06 GMT
The European Aviation Safety Agency has joined the US in lifting its ban on flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport. 
Suspect: Detroit shooting 'accident'  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:29:16 GMT
A man charged with killing an unarmed black woman on his suburban Detroit porch in November initially told police it was an accident, a jury hears. 
Met investigated 18 justice campaigns  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:57:57 GMT
The Met Police collected information on 18 justice campaigns - including that of Jean Charles de Menezes - a report into a now defunct undercover unit says. 
Ex-boyfriend guilty of Jayden murder  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:42:27 GMT
The ex-boyfriend of pregnant teenager Jayden Parkinson, whose body was found in an Oxfordshire graveyard, is convicted of murder. 
First medals as Glasgow 2014 begins  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:40:34 GMT
Kimberley Renicks wins Scotland's first gold medal of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with an impressive victory in the judo at the SECC.