Natasha Culzac

Natasha Culzac writes for http://independent.co.uk

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Distraught MH370 families beseech Malaysia Airlines: 'Is any life worth so little?'

A group which says it represents the families of the missing people asks whether a compensation claim should be "worth less than the price of an automobile or a couple of first class tickets on a Malaysia Airlines flight"

Ray Teret is accused of sex offences against girls dating back as far as 1962

Former radio DJ Ray Teret 'acted together with Savile to rape girl, 15'

Teret is on trial for historic sex offences dating back to the 1962, including rape, attempted rape and indecent assault

Black bear cub found dead in Central Park

Dogwalkers found animal stuffed under bush in New York

Latvian Arnis Zalkalns was named as the prime suspect in the investigation into the murder of teenager Alice Gross

Alice Gross murder: Man's body formally identified as prime suspect Arnis Zalkalns as post-mortem suggests hanging

Officers at the Metropolitan Police say there is no evidence of third party involvement in the Latvian's death

Spanish Ebola patient, Catholic priest Manuel Garcia Viejo, died after being repatriated from Sierra Leone on 22 September 2014

Ebola outbreak: Spanish nurse is first person to contract disease outside western Africa

The unnamed nurse became infected after being part of the team that treated Manuel Garcia Viejo - a priest who was brought home for treatment (above) but later died

'I'm scared to die' - What Isis hostage Peter Kassig wrote to his parents in captivity

The aid worker from Indiana also told his parents that he is "at peace" with his religious conversion to Islam

Elephant hit by poacher's poisoned arrow dramatically saved by vets

Incredible footage of the rescue attempt in Kenya has emerged showing the bull being saved from a painful and drawn-out death

A lunar eclipse pictured in April 2014

Blood Moon: Stunning total lunar eclipse will occur on Wednesday

A 'selenelion' happens when an eclipsed moon can be viewed at the same time as a rising or setting sun

A teenager who was found in a canal in Greater Manchester has died

Teenager, 17, dies after being found in canal

The unnamed boy is believed to have been seen outside a bookmakers 20 minutes before he was found in the canal in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said a Tory government in 2015 would see David Cameron become a

The Lib Dems attack: Tories are 'borderline immoral', Danny Alexander gets sweary and Nick Clegg accuses Cameron of being 'a poor man's Thatcher'

The Liberal Democrats are not holding back. They've attacked both the Conservatives and Labour, saying David Cameron faces the prospect of becoming a "poor man's Margaret Thatcher and a rich man's Nigel Farage"

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'