Helena Williams

Helena Williams is a freelance writer and producer. Her work has been published by the Independent, The Sunday Times, Reuters and Wired, among others. Her website is http://helenaewilliams.com

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Surge in exploding manhole covers could be down to 'wettest year on record'

Health and safety watchdog has received reports of 64 incidents so far this year, compared to 51 for the whole of 2013

Torrential rainfall causes seven-metre-deep lake in China's Hunan province

Floods in several provinces across China have left over 100 dead

Oscar Pistorius trial: Leaked footage shows Paralympian re-enacting Reeva Steenkamp shooting

Video shows the 27-year-old Paralympian running without his prosthetic legs and pretending to hold a gun, while another clip shows him carrying a woman out of a bathroom

Independence Day: Why fireworks makes the Fourth of July a nightmare for war veterans

A photograph of a U.S. veteran who served in Iraq expressing concern about fireworks has gone viral. Picture: Military with PTSD Facebook group

Nando's chicken shortage continues - this time in Wimbledon

Chicken deficit said to be down to customers' rush to use old loyalty cards before they expire. Picture: Google Street View

North Korean architects depict visions of the future

A new exhibition shows ideas for sustainable tourism development by North Korean architects, who were given a brief to design buildings with no constraints

British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace

Imams urge British Muslims not to travel to Iraq or Syria amid fears people are leaving the country to take part in fighting

Artist redraws Marge Simpson and Disney princesses as battered and bruised victims of domestic violence

Illustrations put a sinister spin on iconic cartoons to highlight the realities of domestic abuse

Anger as report exposes kitten experiments at top universities

Claims outlined in BUAV report say animals were paralysed, had their skulls cracked open and had electrodes inserted into their brains

San Diego marathon: Harriette Thompson becomes fastest nonagenarian at Californian race

A 91-year-old runner who has battled cancer smashed two records at a marathon in Southern California on Sunday.

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