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In pictures: Salvage crews work round clock to lift Costa Concordia before autumn winds blow in

With the news that Captain Francesco Schettino will face trial for manslaughter, new pictures show preparations to right the giant liner before floating it away to be cut up for scrap

The funnel of a tornado almost touches the ground near South Haven, Oklahoma

200 mph winds, 12 miles of devastation: What makes a tornado?

There are reports that debris was carried over 100 miles from Moore

Jeff Bush's home in Hillsborough County, Florida, where he was swallowed by a sinkhole

Florida tragedy: So what makes a sinkhole open up?

Imagine a limestone gorge. Look back in time and imagine it covered over. And then think what happens at some time between the two. Imagine standing above ground at that stage and discovering the first hole in what was then a cavern 'roof' when the ground opened up. And you're thinking of a sinkhole.

The trail of a falling object is seen above a residential apartment block in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, on February 15

Where did the Russian meteor come from - and where's it going? Astronomers calculate orbit

The final path of meteor that injured about 1,000 people as it blasted to earth over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk has been plotted by astronomers.

Cover your nose - either to keep it warm or risk the increased chance of catching a cold

Farewell to the cold February weather - and the month we're truly sick of

Did the big chill increase the chance of catching a cold? Yes it did, says the expert

A dusting of snow covers the hill tops above Kettlewell near Skipton as the cold weather continues

Five further days of February feeling like f-f-freezing

Bitter weather and snow flurries are forecast for large parts of the UK as February refuses to provide any glimpse of an impending spring.

Ben Zygier from Melbourne is thought to be Israel's infamous Prisoner X

Prisoner X unveiled? Man who killed himself in Israeli jail-within-a-jail 'was Australian Mossad agent'

A prisoner so anonymous that apparently not even his jailers knew his name or why he was locked up was a 34-year-old who had been recruited by Mossad, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Cait Reilly speaks to the media after she won a Court of Appeal ruling that a Government flagship back-to-work scheme requiring her to work for free at a Poundland discount store was unlawful

Poundland ruling: Back-to-work schemes in disarray as no-pay placements judged unlawful

Claimants 'can demand return of lost benefits over failure to comply'

A woman makes her way past the St John the Baptist Church in Penistone, South Yorkshire, as parts of Britain brace for a return of snow and gales

Cloudy with a chance of 'thundersnow'! Forecasters warn of 70mph winds as sub-zero temperatures return

A widespread alert was issued today for the northern half of England and most of Scotland - warning of ice, snow and freezing weather combined with lightning.

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