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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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
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The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

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