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German woman aged 65 gives birth to quadruplets after IVF treatment

Three boys and one girl are born prematurely at 26 weeks but chances of survival are good, says TV channel following Annegret Raunigk’s pregnancy

A 65-year-old German woman has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, it was revealed on Saturday. The woman, Annegret Raunigk, already has 13 children.

The quadruplets – three boys and a girl – were born prematurely at 26 weeks in a Berlin hospital but have “good chances of surviving”, according to the entertainment channel RTL, which has negotiated exclusive rights to the woman’s story.

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Ireland’s equality minister expresses pride at expected landslide victory for gay marriage – video

Ireland’s justice and equality minister, Aodhan O’Riordain, says he is proud to be Irish on Saturday after early results from the country’s referendum on same-sex marriage point to a ‘yes landslide’ with predictions of a margin of around two-to-one. O’…
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Ireland on course to be first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote

Although final result in historic vote on marriage equality is not expected until Saturday afternoon, voters are thought to have strongly backed change in law Ireland is on course to become the first nation in the world to legalise gay marriage by popu…
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James Rhodes interview: ‘It’s important to say that bad things happen – and we don’t lie about it’

Pianist James Rhodes has written a personal memoir so raw and harrowing that the court of appeal – and his ex-wife – prevented him from publishing it. Now that the ban has been lifted, he explains why he refused to be silenced

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Screen time v play time: what tech leaders won’t let their own kids do

Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive designed some of the world’s most desirable tech – but imposed strict limits on their own children using it. What rules do others set?

When a technology journalist suggested to Steve Jobs, in 2010, that his children must have loved the just-released iPad, he replied flatly: “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” His former righthand man, Jonathan Ive, whose design for the iPad is so simple that toddlers can operate it, recently revealed that he sets strict limits for his 10-year-old twin boys.

Steiner Waldorf schools, which exclude screen time before the age of 12 in favour of physical activity, art and experiential learning, are particularly popular with Silicon Valley executives and their UK counterparts. Kevin Avison, executive officer of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship in the UK, says that when he was teaching near Reading, “nearly 50% of parents of children in the class worked at Oracle or other hi-tech computer companies”.

There isn’t an intent to harm children, but there’s an intent to keep them engaged

We do a terrible thing if she’s playing up in a restaurant: we’ll use the iPad as a digital pacifier

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Prostate cancer ‘Rosetta stone’ paves way to targeted drugs

Genetic study could provide hope for men with advanced forms of the disease with findings that could lead to personalised treatmentsA genetic study described by researchers as the Rosetta stone of prostate cancer could provide hope for men with advance…
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More than 2 million children in families struggling to pay for essentials – report

Below-inflation rises to child benefit and tax credits have led parents to cut spending on food, clothes or heat, says End Child Poverty groupMore than 2 million children live in families that are cutting back their spending on food, clothing or heatin…
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Housing crisis will halve number of young homeowners in five years

Housing charity Shelter warns only 20% of 25- to 34-year-olds will be on the property ladder in 2020 compared with 60% recorded 10 years agoThe number of young adults able to buy homes could fall nearly 50% within five years unless the government addre…
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Biggest NHS trust is failing on safety and quality of care, says watchdog

Care Quality Commission rates Barts health trust in London as inadequate due to issues including staff shortages and number of cancelled operations

Inspectors have criticised the NHS’s largest hospital trust after finding it is seriously understaffed, focuses too little on safety and has cancelled operations on numerous occasions because there were too few beds.

The Care Quality Commission has found a series of failings in the safety and quality of care being provided at Barts health trust in London, where major problems – including a deficit approaching £100m – have led to the recent departure of its two main bosses.

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Church of England to consider transgender baptism proposal

Vicar of Lancaster Priory proposes motion for General Synod to consider ceremony to mark a person’s gender transition

The Church of England is to debate plans to introduce a ceremony akin to a baptism to mark the new identities of Christians who undergo gender transition.

The Rev Chris Newlands, the vicar of Lancaster Priory, has proposed a motion to the General Synod to debate the issue, after he was approached by a young transgender person seeking to be “re-baptised” in his new identity.

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