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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.

Watch Mariska the equine Houdini

Mariska the mare has been amazing horse-lovers around the world with her skill in opening doors.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker