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Protein that joins sperm with egg is discovered


UK scientists have discovered an elusive protein that allows sperm to recognise and latch onto the egg, a breakthrough that may pave the way for improved fertility treatments and new contraceptives.

Happy couples sleep less than an inch apart


Partners who sleep less than an inch apart are more likely to be happy in their relationship than those maintaining a wider gap than 30 inches, a new study has found.

Cranston helps fan land a date

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston helped a fan ask a girl to the prom by recording a video message for him.

‘Charles refused to back Rushdie’


Prince Charles had turned his back on India-born Salman Rushdie after a fatwa was issued against him for his controversial novel The Satanic Verses because he thought the book was offensive to Muslims

Artificial RBCs to be tested in patients


In a ground-breaking trial, researchers in the UK will test artificial blood made from human stem cells in patients for the first time.

Abba mulls recording more songs


Swedish pop band ABBA has revealed that they would love to record new songs if they seem special.

Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies


British author Sue Townsend, whose books about awkward teenage diarist Adrian Mole sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, has died at the age of 68, her publishers said on Friday.

Arsenal look for FA Cup boost


Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal players to use Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against holders Wigan to lift their shattered spirits.

Reds out to assert supremacy


Liverpool will look to the past and future this weekend when they commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster before duelling Manchester City for supremacy in the Premier League.

UK Sikh hotelier loses big court fight with son

An 87-year-old wheelchair-bound British Sikh father has lost a high-profile court battle with his son for a share of the wealth from a luxury hotel chain they built together, now worth £800 million.

Of late, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been thoughtlessly and in a hurry jumping into every available situation, without verifying basic facts, to criticise the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Madhu Kishwar, as the editor of Manushi, set the feminism agenda for many Indian women decades ago. Madhu Kishwar as chief media admirer of prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi is another story completely. The first Kishwar has been declared missing, never to be found.