The body of a woman who died in the Pyrenees was eaten by vultures in 40-50 minutes

Vultures eat the remains of 52-year-old woman who fell to her death in France

The woman was left 'only bones, clothes and shoes'

Chinese police have arrested 904 people in an investigation into

More than 900 arrested in China over meat contamination, including fox, rat, and mink passed off as mutton

Two of those arrested accused of selling pork products that were made with meat from 'poor quality pig heads'

Bee campaigners protest in Parliament Square

Exclusive: Pesticides ban makes it a triple whammy for farmers

EU action on bees comes on top of huge losses and the coldest March for 50 years

Activists with their faces painted like badgers dance to Brian May's 'The Badger Song' as they take part in a flash-mob protest against a proposed cull of the animals, outside Britain's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in London

Badger flash mob targets Defra in protest against cull soundtracked by Brian May

A badger flash-mob protested today against a Government-led cull of the animals, outside the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Andy McSmith's Diary: Blair milks Milken for $1m charity donation

It has been a long time since Michael Milken’s name was news in this country. He was the 1980s Junk Bond King, who piled up untold wealth in the boom years, but came to grief at the end of the decade when he copped a ten-year jail sentence, a $200m fine and a permanent ban on dealing in securities, after  pleading guilty to six felonies, in what was then the biggest fraud case in the history of the US securities industry.

Lord Forbes: One of the last surviving ministers to have served under Harold Macmillan

He was also Premier Lord of Scotland and Chief of Clan Forbes

Life on the edge: demand for tasty cliff-top herb piles pressure on Cornish foragers

It is the new vegetable of the moment, beloved of gourmet chefs – but harvesting it is a precarious business.

Seasick Steve, Hubcap Music (Fiction)

Album review: Seasick Steve, Hubcap Music (Fiction)

Hubcap Music – so titled because one of the guitars he uses was made from “two hubcaps and a garden hoe” – finds Seasick Steve back on form, with an album steeped in gritty boogie and even grittier attitude.

Activists plan to shadow shooting parties with vuvuzelas to scare badgers away

That's one way to badger farmers: squatters join battle to halt cull

Activists plan to shadow shooting parties with vuvuzelas to scare badgers away

Still from A Close Shave starring Shaun the Sheep

Wallace and Gromit's pal Shaun The Sheep to star in his own movie

Children's cartoon character Shaun The Sheep is to star in his own movie.

Unison says most of its local government members are women

Good news for council workers: they're getting first pay rise in three years. Bad news: it's 1%

More than one million council workers have been offered their first pay rise in three years, with a proposed increase of 1 per cent.

Soaring sales give English producer Chapel Down record year

The wine maker Chapel Down toasted a record set of results despite tough economic conditions and a poor harvest in 2012.

A man dressed as a World War One soldier watches as the casket of a World War One soldier is carried during the ceremony

After 96 years, an honourable band of brothers is laid to rest

Funerals for British soldiers who had lain undiscovered in a French field since WWI

The humble banana is the most popular selling item in Pret-a-manger's coffee shops

Yes! We have loads of bananas: the fruit that's Pret A Manger's biggest seller, shifting 75,000 a week

Pret A Manger’s CEO Clive Schlee was almost wriggling with glee today as he announced a 17 per cent rise in revenue for the food chain.

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove

There's no point in comparing our school holidays to other nations

When I got a bad school report and compared myself to others, my Dad said: “I’m not talking about them, I’m talking about you”. It’s that kind of philosophy Gove needs

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform