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At least 17 migrants from Haiti died on Wednesday when their overloaded sailboat capsized as it was being towed to shore in the Turks and Caicos Islands, officials in the British territory said.

Javier Bardem

Movie villain happier to be real-life hero

Javier Bardem is about to play a Bond baddie, but his new documentary shows him in his true light – and it's all good, he tells Kaleem Aftab

Runako Morton was alone in the car

West Indies cricketer killed in car crash

The West Indies Cricket Board today sent their condolences to the family of batsman Runako Morton, who has been killed in a car accident.

Robin Scott-Elliot: How Tony Greig tempted fate, and drew the fire and fury of the West Indies

View From The Sofa: Fire in Babylon, BBC 4
Jamaican PM Portia Simpson Miller: ‘It’s time for us to sever ties’

Mission imperial: Prince Harry flies into Jamaica and a row over republicanism

It may be his first solo mission overseas on behalf of his grandmother but for the people of Jamaica there is only one question surrounding the visit of Prince Harry next week: where will he party?

Album: Andrew Bird, Break It Yourself (Bella Union)

Andrew Bird's characteristic lyrical blend of vagueness and verbosity is slightly reined in on Break It Yourself, though he juggles lightness and opacity as deftly as ever in songs like "Lazy Projector" and "Danse Carribe".

Top gun: Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in 'The Walking Dead'

This is the life

Jack Davenport and Andrew Lincoln are among the British actors wowing audiences in the US. By Sarah Hughes

CWC pays price of poor Panama progress

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) shares yesterday tumbled more than 16 per cent after the emerging-markets telecoms firm warned that its business in Panama "has not progressed as planned".

Fame Academy: Tracey Emin is the RA's new, high-profile professor

Editor-At-Large: The royal liggers should stick around in hard-up Britain

Buckingham Palace has a terrible sense of timing. As the latest figures show unemployment reaching the highest level for 17 years, one group of plucky Brits can look forward to a spot of sun and fun in 2012, and, even better, they won't have to pay: the hard-up British taxpayer will. Lavish plans to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee were unveiled last week, just as the number of women out of work passed a million, just slightly more than the number of jobless young people. Given that Great Britain plc is staring at the very real possibility of a double-dip recession, and personal debt is higher than ever, you might think the bureaucrats who organise events for the Royal Family would have some sense of appropriateness, of adapting to straitened times. Sadly, not.

Eric Delaney: Drummer and bandleader known for the relentless energy of his live shows

A larger part of the estate left by the bandleader Eric Delaney must be his drum kit, which was large enough to cover the flight deck of a small aircraft carrier. It had a 10ft gong at its heart, and yet its owner moved it not only around the UK, but also countries around the world. It included drums, tympani, military side drum, tubular bells, Chinese gongs, symphonic cymbals, sleigh bells and tam-tams. To his regret he couldn't block the highways with the vibraphone and glockenspiel that he also played. He used a drum kit with double-bass drums set on a revolving pedestal and three tunable timpani.

Hurricane Irene approaches US east coast

Hurricane Irene began lashing the east coast with rain with the potential to cause billions of dollars in damage along a densely populated arc that included Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. At least 65 million people could be affected.

Hurricane Irene on way to US

Thousands of holidaymakers on the US east coast have been ordered to head home as Hurricane Irene approaches after pounding the Bahamas islands chain.

Hurricane Irene to hit US east coast

Hurricane Irene strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane over the Bahamas yesterday as it roared up from the Caribbean on a path expected to swipe the east coast of the US at the weekend.

Hurricane Irene howls over Turks and Caicos

Punishing winds from Hurricane Irene howled over Turks and Caicos and the sparsely populated islands of the south eastern Bahamas as residents huddled in darkened homes, hotels and public buildings.

Bahamas hurricane threat grows

A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Irene is heading towards the Bahamas and threatening to become a monster storm.

Hurricane Irene could hit Haiti and the US

Hurricane Irene cut power to more than a million people in Puerto Rico, downing trees and flooding streets today, and forecasters warned it could be a major storm as it threatens Florida and South Carolina by the end of the week.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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