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Up to half a month’s rain could fall in some areas of the south of England

Ferry services at Calais have resumed following fresh protests by former workers of MyFeryLink. Pictured is a MyFerryLink boat as it docks in Calais in July

Ferry services to and from Calais resume after thousands are held up by blockade

For the past two months there have been sporadic closures of the port at Calais in protest against the closure of MyFerryLink

The Crimea monument circa 1870, complete with Russian cannon, column and figure of Victory

Nick Clegg backs Victorian Society call for return of Crimea monument in Sheffield

'Sheffield’s Nelson’s Column' has been languishing in storage for a decade

Shoreham air crash disaster: Dylan Archer and Richard Smith identified as victims

The men are the ninth and 10th victims of the disaster to be named either by police or family members

Sir John Chilcot first announced the terms of reference of his inquiry into the causes of the Iraq war in 2009

Chilcot inquiry into Iraq War 'may not be published until next summer'

Accusations that Sir John's initial report was 'riddled with errors'

Bank Holiday Monday opening times: Are Tesco, Asda and other supermarkets open today?

Opening hours for stores around the UK are likely to vary

Hundreds of thousands of young people are being encouraged into low-skill, low-pay, on-the-job training schemes to meet ministers’ 'mad' target of creating three million apprenticeships by 2020

'Mad' apprenticeship targets have consigned a generation to low-skill, low-paid duties

Exclusive: Ministers aim to create three million apprenticeships by 2020

A salmon farm in Oban run by Scottish Sea Farms

Salmon farming: Calls for boycott of Scottish producers 'dripping with the blood of seals'

More than half of Scottish farms killed a seal in the past two years

Paul Gallihawk: Triathlete sparks police search after failing to complete event

Kent Police have resumed the search with a team of specialist divers

People should not have 'traipse off to Switzerland to kill themselves', says former chief prosecutor

Sir Keir Starmer has called for prosecutions against those who help assist with suicide for compassionate reasons to be relaxed

Syrian refugees cross into Hungary underneath the border fence on the Hungarian/Serbian border near Roszke, Hungary

Refugees are discussed with the same attitude we held towards Jews during WWII, says Green MEP

'We are witnessing a deafening cacophony of xenophobic voices'

What if the majority of the week could be given over to activities other than work?

Why we should get three-day weekends all the time

The idea of working less is feasible and the basis for a better standard of life

A 5p charge will be introduced in England from October 2015 to help reduce the number of plastic bags handed out by retailers

Rules on 5p plastic bags likely to lead to arguments at the check-out

The government has issued guidelines defining what 'qualifies' as a plastic bag

Notting Hill Carnival Family Day will be a complete washout, forecasters warn

Organisers have said it's worth taking an umbrella

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