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Migrants rescued in recent days originated from countries in the Horn of Africa, Subsaharan Africa and West Africa

Migrants crossing the Mediterranean: Death rate rises 50-fold since end of Italy's Mare Nostrum search and rescue mission, say refugee organisations

Latest shipwreck leaves 400 dead as campaigners demand EU action to deal with unprecedented flow of boats

An Italian military ship with would be immigrants onboard in the port of Pozzallo, Sicily, last year

Dead migrant thrown to the sharks by human trafficker

It is believed that the man died after breathing in petrol that spilled onto him  as the stricken vessel made its voyage

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson share a moment in the first Twilight film; The Vatican is being warned of “beautiful young vampires” encouraging young people to dabble with occult forces

Exorcists warn Vatican over 'beautiful young vampires' and satanic yoga

Father Cesare Truqui says that dioceses in Italy and beyond were experiencing a surge in reports of symptoms of possession

Officials have said they plan to remove seagulls’ nests from central Venice

Venice declares war on the seagulls attacking tourists and waiters

Officials have said they intend to remove the gulls' nests in the city centre

Vatican's silence draws fire over 'rejection' of gay French ambassador

With the Vatican still failing to confirm officially Laurent Stefanini's position, the press are widely reporting that his sexuality is behind his rejection

The €500 note is known as the Bin Laden: notorious but rarely sighted

Gangsters flood Italian banks with €500 notes known as 'Bin Ladens' because they are notorious, but rarely sighted

Leaked Bank of Italy figures show that last year Italian banks received as deposits one hundred times as many €500 notes as they distributed

An installation at Milan’s Museum of Culture, previewed ahead of its opening on 26 April

David Chipperfield hits the roof about his Milan museum’s floor

Mr Chipperfield said that 'the laying of stone of poor quality' at Milan's new Museum of Culture transformed the building into 'a museum of horrors'

Police seized texts dating back as far as the 15th century from the personal library of Marcello Dell’Utri

Marcello Dell'Utri: Jailed ex-senator thought to be Silvio Berlsuconi's link to the Mafia accused of looting old books on a huge scale

Investigators believe some of the texts, which date back as far as the 15th century, were stolen from church and public institutions throughout Italy

The ‘Costa Concordia’ sank in 2012 with the loss of 32 lives
Amanda Knox speaks at her parents’ home in Seattle on Friday, flanked by her fiancé, Colin Sutherland, and her mother, Edda Mellas

Amanda Knox acquitted: Meredith Kercher's family 'bitter' about Italian court's verdict

Murder victim's relatives said to be 'in shock' after Supreme Court of Cassation clears 27-year-old and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own