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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. 
Farah out of Commonwealth Games  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:27:13 GMT
Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah withdraws from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of illness. 
Van Gaal has winning Man Utd start  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:30:51 GMT
Manchester United give new boss Louis van Gaal a winning start as they beat LA Galaxy 7-0 in a friendly in California. 
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. 
New force to fight Nigeria Islamists  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:21:08 GMT
Nigeria and three of its neighbours pledge to speed up the creation of a 2,800-strong regional force to tackle militant Islamist group Boko Haram. 
Experts to examine MH17 flight data  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:53:51 GMT
UK investigators are due to start examining a second black box flight recorder from downed flight MH17, after downloading "valid data" from the first. 
Ex-Portuguese bank boss arrested  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:41:59 GMT
Ricardo Salgado, the former boss of the troubled Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo (BES) is arrested in Lisbon. 
Venezuela opposition leader on trial  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:43:43 GMT
The trial begins of one of Venezuela's main opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, accused of inciting violence during anti-government protests in February. 
Protests target Israel football club  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:01:56 GMT
Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupt a football match in Austria between the Israeli club, Maccabi Haifa, and French team, Lille. 
Detroit porch shooting trial opens  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:02:58 GMT
A Detroit man feared for his life before he shot an unarmed black woman standing on his porch, his lawyer says at the start of his murder trial. 
Met 'gathered' Menezes family details  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:10:26 GMT
The Metropolitan Police gathered information on relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot dead by police in 2005, their lawyer says. 
Police 'spied on dead man's family'  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:10:05 GMT
A woman calling for an inquiry into her son's death in 1997 says she has been told she was spied on by undercover police officers. 
UK retail sales continue to grow  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:20:38 GMT
The volume of goods sold in the UK's shops, stores and supermarkets continues to grow, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).