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Balding gets cancer all-clear

BBC presenter Clare Balding has spoken of her relief after learning she requires no more treatment after suffering from cancer.

Balding (39) had been receiving treatment for thyroid cancer since 2009.

Speaking on BBC Radio 2's French And Saunders programme, she said doctors had told her the news following an operation last month. She said: "I had a lovely letter from my oncologist just after Christmas saying, 'Hurrah, no more treatment', so I'm very happy about that."

1950s film star Francis dies

Anne Francis, the love interest in 1950s science fiction classic Forbidden Planet and later sexy TV private eye Honey West, has died.

Francis (80) died on Sunday at a Santa Barbara, California, of complications of pancreatic cancer, her daughter said.

The beautiful blonde with a prominent beauty mark appeared opposite such stars as Spencer Tracy, Paul Newman, Robert Taylor and Glenn Ford in some of the most popular films of the 1950s.

Body of military expert is found

The body of a military expert who served in three US Republican administrations was found dumped in a landfill and investigators said they were trying to retrace his steps in the days leading up to his death.

John Wheeler III (66) was scheduled to be on an Amtrak train from Washington to Wilmington, Delaware, on December 28, but authorities said it is not clear if he ever made that trip. His body was found three days later. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Call to reform vice laws here

A leading rights group has urged the Government to push ahead with reform of vice laws to target people who pay for sex, rather than prostitutes.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) said Ireland should adopt the Swedish approach of penalising the buyer to crack down on the sex trade.

The ICI was part of the EU-funded Dignity Project which examined the best responses to victims of sex trafficking.