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Drinking a glass of wine is the same as downing three shots of vodka

Duncan Selbie, the head of Public Health England, says that people do not know how much they are drinking and warns alcohol is a 'silent killer'<p>Enjoying a glass of wine after work does the same harm as drinking three shots of vodka, the head of Public Health England has warned as he said alcohol …

Bishops must reject these wicked homophobic views

The gay rights debate has opened up a profound moral divide in the Church of England. It is time for the bishops to take a stand<p>Tomorrow morning about a hundred middle-aged men and eight women will gather in central London to deliberate about homosexuality. Some will be gay themselves, though none …

British teacher gored by elephant tells how tourists left her for dead

Sarah Brooks, 30, was left with a fractured pelvis after the elephant attacked her car during a safari in South Africa<p>A British teacher who was gored by a rampaging elephant on a holiday safari has told how she was left for dead by fellow tourists who drove off after filming her horrific …

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Readiness to hurl the word ‘homophobe’ may not help the liberal reform agenda

Opinion: Many liberals seem to be unwilling to let counter-arguments to their own get a hearing<p>Most Read

Former street preacher and agitator now full of years and of self-satisfaction

Opinion: Having made a career smiting his enemies, Paisley has ended up smiting his successor<p>Most Read

Seamus Heaney obituary

Irish poet and Nobel laureate whose lines of love and loss took inspiration from his childhood in Derry<p>In 2009, as part of the extensive celebrations in Ireland for his 70th birthday, RTÉ broadcast a documentary about Seamus Heaney. Towards its close, Heaney, who has died aged 74, was asked whether …

‘Being at home fills me with a sort of sadness’

The reality of life in Ireland is often very different to how we remember it, writes Anya O’Sullivan in Australia<p>Ciara Kenny<p>Ciara Kenny<p>Thu, Jan 23, …

Veterans remember the Anzio landings that liberated Rome

Former British soldiers make what is probably their final visit to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the landings that helped turn the course of the Second World War<p>Seventy years ago, almost to the day, Stan Turton came within an inch of losing his life when a massive German bomb ripped into HMS …

Ghost ship carrying cannibal rats could be heading for Britain

A deserted cruise liner which is believed to have been drifting around the North Atlantic for a year carrying nothing but hordes of rats could be heading for British shores, it has been claimed<p>A deserted cruise ship crawling with cannibal rats is feared to be heading towards Britain, marine experts …

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Can reading make you smarter?

There is evidence that reading can increase levels of all three major categories of intelligence. I believe my discovery of Spider-Man and other comic books turned me into a straight-A student<p>When I was eight years old, I still couldn't read. I remember my teacher Mrs Browning walking over to my …