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Romania: Thousands of doctors and nurses march in Bucharest for better health service

Thousands of doctors and nurses have marched through Romania’s capital Bucharest calling for better salaries and working conditions.<p>They carried crosses and coffins to symbolise the death of the country’s health system.<p>Newly qualified doctors earn less than 200 euros a month.<p>The Romanian College of …

Supermarkets are driven by profits, not the urge to keep us healthy

Politicians' attempts to persuade supermarkets to offer customers healthier alternatives to sweets and crisps miss the point<p>For as long as I can remember, there have been sweets next to the tills at supermarkets. It was my first experience of retail guile. "Never mind that trolley full of boring …

More than 5 million people in the UK are paid less than the living wage

Number of those below cost-of-living benchmark has risen 400,000 in a year, with women and the young worst hit<p>The number of people who are paid less than a "living wage" has leapt by more than 400,000 in a year to over 5.2 million, amid mounting evidence that the economic recovery is failing to …

Shoppers' faces to be scanned in advertising push at Tesco petrol stations across the UK

Supermarket giant Tesco is installing hundreds of hi-tech screens that scan the faces of shoppers as they queue at the till to detect their age and sex for advertisers.<p>The store giant has signed a ground-breaking deal with Lord Alan Sugar's Amscreen in a move which tonight sparked fresh concerns …

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Children and the internet: a parent's guide

You can't blame Jamie Oliver for being worried. As the father of Poppy, 11, Daisy, 10, Petal, four, and Buddy, three, he really needs some long-term tech ground rules in his house. So he announced last week that he has banned his eldest daughters from using a mobile phone or any kind of social …

Rare solar eclipse sweeps across US, Europe and Africa

A rare solar eclipse has made its way over North America, Europe and Africa.<p>From Florida where the eclipse began, to Somalia where it ended, the natural phenomenon had the power to amaze.<p>Some of the best views to be had were in Kenya and in Nairobi people gathered to watch the eclipse.<p>Local myths …

Thousands evacuated as massive World War II bomb is defused in Dortmund

A huge World War II bomb has been safely defused in Dortmund, Germany. Over 20,000 people were evacuated from their homes as the device was made safe.<p>The 1800 kg explosive was found after experts analysed old aerial shots.<p>The bomb was dropped by Allied aircraft over the Ruhr region — a key …

How to reduce your mobile phone bill - video

Britons are overspending on their mobile bills by as much as £6bn a year. Miles Brignall offers his tips on how reduce your bill, which usually means getting on to the right tariff. To find out if you're overpaying you need to do some research. First step: print out your bill and find out which …

Mali: Ten arrested in hunt for the killers of two French journalists

Police in Mali hunting the killers of two French journalists in the north of the country say they have arrested ten suspects.<p>Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont were killed on a desert track just outside Kidal, the centre of a Tuareg nomad dispute against the Malian government.<p>The journalists, …

Pensions for police dogs

Police dogs will be given pensions to cover medical costs and expenses under new plans to treat dogs like police officers<p>Police dogs will be given their own pensions to ensure their medical bills are paid after they retire in a first by a police force.<p>Nottinghamshire Police will give dogs up to …

Why is puberty starting younger?

Yet another study has found that girls are starting puberty at a younger age, and that the trend is linked to obesity. But is precocious puberty the new norm?<p>The measurement of puberty has barely changed since 1970 when the seminal study by Marshall and Tanner was published. That might seem …

Christmas guilt about homeless children is not enough

More than 80,000 children may spend Christmas in temporary accommodation, Shelter reports. This doesn't just happen<p>The housing charity Shelter has published a report revealing a picture of homelessness in England. More than 80,000 children face spending Christmas in temporary accommodation, a …

Cashew nut workers suffer 'appalling' conditions as global slump dents profits

Many workers earn just 30p a day and risk permanent injury, say NGOs, as they call for EU crackdown on unfair trading practices<p>NGOs are calling on the EU to endorse regulation rather than voluntary guidance to improve the conditions of workers such as cashew nut farmers and processors at the foot …

Which film gadget would you love to try out?

In a move reminiscent of Minority Report, Tesco is to install facial recognition screens to target you with tailored adverts<p>Tesco is to install facial recognition screens in its stores which will be able to target you with tailored adverts. The technology will try to work out your age and gender in …

Grand Theft Auto 5? Sorry, I'm just a bit too Guardian

I can't pull an old lady out of a car to steal it, and don't get me started on the sugary snacks. I love GTA, but I'm a woolly liberal cartoon joke<p>Something awful happened to me last week while I was playing Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA). As usual, I was hijacking a car; either because I wanted to …

Kenya: four Somalis charged with helping terrorists who attacked Westgate shopping mall

Four Somali men have been charged with helping the al-Shabaab extremists who attacked a shopping mall, killing at least 67 people.<p>The four are accused of supporting a terrorist group by giving shelter to the attackers in their homes in the Somali neighbourhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi as well as …

Top 10 superhero movies

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a superhero movie... and they've taken over Hollywood with their superpowers and Spandex costumes. The Guardian and Observer's critics pick the 10 best<p>• Top 10 action movies • Top 10 crime movies • Top 10 arthouse movies • Top 10 family movies • Top 10 war …

Virtual girl 'Sweetie' helps track thousands of online sexual predators

An international childrens’ rights group has used a computer generated image of a 10-year-old Filipino girl to track down men forcing children to have webcam sex.<p>Terre des Homme created a lifelike girl which they called ‘Sweetie’ as a virtual trap. Online predators believed she was real. In the 10 …

Three people stabbed to death in a bus hijacking in Norway

Police in Norway were called to what they thought was a traffic incident on Monday evening but turned out to be a bus hijacking.<p>They arrested a man whom witnesses said after the incident, boarded the bus wielding a knife.<p>Three people were found dead on the vehicle – one woman and two men.<p>The local …

Argentina reveals hundreds of "dirty war" secret files

Hundreds of secret files dating back to the years of military rule in Argentina have been released by the government.<p>They were discovered in an abandoned Air Force building and contain transcripts of meetings held by the junta which ruled from 1976 to 1983.<p>Lists of artists and intellectuals who …

US shopping mall evacuated after gunman fires at random

A gunman opened fire in a crowded shopping centre in the US state of New Jersey late on Monday leading to a mass evacuation of the complex.<p>The man shot at least six rounds from a modified rifle seemingly at random and without hitting anyone.<p>As people fled in panic, the man was not seen again until …

Russian Orthodox Church gives award to Putin for making country "powerful and strong"

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has presented President Putin with an award for his policies intended to make Russia a leading world power.<p>The Patriarch of Moscow said the prize was to honour Putin’s efforts to turn Russia into “a powerful and strong country that has self-respect and is …

Tunisia: Three policemen go on trial for rape of young woman

Three Tunisian policemen have gone on trial for rape and extortion.<p>They are accused of raping a woman after finding her having sex with her boyfriend in a car.<p>Authorities then tried to charge the boyfriend and girlfriend with indecency, sparking protests across the country.<p>The woman has since …

Migrants contribute £25bn to UK economy, study finds

Arrivals from EEA countries since 2000 have worked more and received less in benefits than average Briton, academics argue<p>Migrants coming to the UK since the year 2000 have been less likely to receive benefits or use social housing than people already living in the country, according to a study …

Bodies of French journalists murdered in Mali arrive back in France

The bodies of the two French journalists murdered in Mali have arrived back in France.<p>The Air France plane touched down in Paris earlier this morning and greeted by the victims families, colleagues from Radio France International and French President Francois Hollande and Foreign Minister Laurent …

Trending: Spotted In... the local Facebook forums springing up across the UK

<b>No-one knows exactly who is behind them, but in towns, villages and cities right across the UK, "Spotted In" Facebook pages are springing up - offering a kind of local information, dating site, and lost and found service all rolled into one.</b><p>From big cities and towns like Cardiff and Reading, to the …

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