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Postcard from... Tsuyama


The fleeting visit of the spring blossom to Japan is a major event in the country’s calendar.

Postcard from... Tsuyama

Migrant boat disaster: Countries across Europe accused of 'closing their eyes' to deaths

Isis in Iraq: Fighters form wary 'marriage of convenience' to oust Islamist insurgents from their homes ahead of push on Kirkuk

Migrant boat disaster: EU must commit funds to stop many more dying

Energy companies' fuel reserves contain five times the amount of carbon dioxide that can be safely burned, report says

Climate Change

The top 200 private coal, oil and gas firms currently own fuel reserves containing 555 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide

4/20 Hyde Park: Cannabis users descend for annual smoke-in

The Media Column: Jon Snow and YouTube launch initiative to boost the youth vote

General Election 2015: The 'kingmaker seats' that will decide who becomes Prime Minister

General Election 2015 explained: Gambling

Leanne Wood: Plaid Cymru leader whose politics were forged in the Valleys mining communities

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

Health News

Report finds that companies are not being properly assessed for their quality of care

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, talks to medical staff prior to delivering a speech in 2013 on the ‘silent scandal’ of errors in the NHS

Woman claims ski accident has given her extraordinary mental powers

Six types of obese individual, researchers find

Charlotte Philby's Parental Leave: 'Killing is where you get rid of people who aren't nice to superheroes'

World Haemophilia Day: Parents 'avoid reporting strange bruises to doctors for fear of child abuse accusations'

What Cameron really needs is to turn this into a khaki election


The PM is a more retrograde strategist than Blackadder's General Melchett

With an eye for strategy: Stephen Fry’s General Melchett and Rowan Atkinson’s Edmund Blackadder

Migrant boat disaster: EU must commit funds to stop many more dying

Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

When a small amount of desk space means the world

General Election 2015: Parties must remember the 50-plus vote

From Sam Smith to Taylor Swift, candyfloss pop perfectly reflects the selfie generation

Moeen Ali return gives England a difficult selection problem


He was a revelation last summer, presenting credentials as an authentic all-rounder

Moeen Ali was a revelation for England last summer

Fearless Leicester showing belief needed to survive Premier League relegation

Sean Dyche 'relaxed' despite Burnley being bottom of the Premier League after defeat to Everton

FA Cup final 2015: Arsene Wenger says Wembley final is 'better than any doctor' as players begin fight for place in starting XI

Jose Mourinho says victory over Manchester United 'was exactly what we wanted' despite critics of Chelsea display

Hunters of the South Seas, TV review: An immersive travelogue with a difference


For once the host actually knew what he talking about

Bajau spear fisherman Kabei featured in ‘Hunters of the South Seas’

For the Love of Cars, TV Review: Phil Glenister and Ant Anstead's most ambitious job yet

Top of the Pops 'set for comeback' on Friday nights with Fearne Cotton and Dermot O'Leary as hosts

Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

Damon Albarn disillusioned by 'selfie generation' of modern music: 'Young artists talk about themselves, not what's happening'

Wonga dives into red after scandals and crackdown

Business News

Payday lender to reveal £35m losses as regulator takes tougher stance

Small Talk: Immigrants start businesses, create jobs and pay taxes: let’s welcome them

The Week Ahead: Dave Lewis will present his first set of annual results as the boss of Tesco this week

China’s stimulus move offers hope of boost to UK exports

Lloyds to pay for ‘Tell Sid’ plan

14 best bedding sets

House & Garden

Give your neglected bedroom an instantaneous facelift with one of these gorgeous sets, then slip in and ahhhhhh

10 best lunch boxes for adults

10 best gas barbecues

10 best tote bags

10 best running shoes under £140

Illegal shark fins discovered at exclusive London Chinese restaurant


The stock has been confiscated and destroyed by Trading Standards

About 100 million sharks are slaughtered each year, mostly to meet demand from affluent Chinese for shark fin soup

Apple Watch: The world is watching, but will the rich be impressed?

Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Globe Inn Marsh, restaurant review: Profits here are ploughed back into the Sussex economy

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