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Schoolteacher William Buchman was arrested after officers found over 300 living and dead snakes inside his property

James Horwill is clapped off the field by the victorious Lions players

Australia skipper James Horwill cleared over alleged stamping on Alun-Wyn Jones

Australia captain James Horwill has been cleared to play the second Test against the British and Irish Lions after his citing for stamping was dismissed.

Dawn Approach (blue) digs deep to repel Toronado in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot yesterday

Royal Ascot: Dawn burns bright again after sun sets on Kingdom

2,000 Guineas winner redeems reputation after Derby in titanic battle with Toronado

Declaration Of War stormed home to win Ascot’s Queen Anne Stakes

Aidan O'Brien's Ascot double opens up new front for Coolmore turf war with sheikh

After their unprecedented depredations at the Cheltenham Festival, the Irish plundered the first four races in Britain's equivalent carnival for Flat racing. Chauvinism aside, however, the deeper gains were perhaps made by those superpowers discreetly manoeuvring for supremacy in the global bloodstock market.

The third instalment of London’s dedicated menswear event began yesterday with shows from Lou Dalton

Lighting up the runway: London menswear shows reviewed

The simmering tensions between the Savile Row establishment and the capital's youthful upstarts has suddenly come to the boil

Baboon shot dead after escaping from Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside

The adult male made a run for it after being forced out of its enclosure at Knowsley Safari Park by other males as it tried to protect its mate

Concerns raised over 'cruel' badger cull

Concerns have been raised about the suffering of badgers in the forthcoming pilot culls, after official documents were released detailing how welfare impacts will be assessed.

Kosovo: Restaurant bears rescued from cage

Two brown bears have been released into a special sanctuary near Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, after being rescued from a 20sq m cage where they had been held almost all their lives to amuse visitors at a restaurant.

Wanted: Polar bear spotter to protect Norwegian scientists - must be loud and good with guns

Adventurers with a keen eye sight and loud vocal chords are being offered the chance to explore the Arctic with scientists, in a three week job contract as polar bear spotter.

Deedee Cheriel, 'Desire'

'Street art is like a dog urinating on a wall': Rare female street artist Deedee Cheriel describes working in a man's world

Street art is a male-dominated scene. Not only is a culture of hooded men creating art at night, but it is also in the arguably masculine need to territorialise a given space.

Edinburgh Zoo's resident pandas Yang Guang and Tian Tian 'ready to mate'

The UK's pair of giant pandas could be put together today in the hope they will mate.

Campaigners want wild animals banned from performing circus stunts

Government to ban use of wild animals in travelling circuses from 2015

More than 30,000 people signed an Independent petition calling for a ban

Now you see him: the elusive capercaillie

Tales from the Trees: Ancient stirrings on the trail of Scotland's shyest bird

Dawn blooms and stirs the trees of Abernethy Forest into life. This far north, winter still battles spring for the primeval ground. Mist hangs between incalculable ranks of pines; silver light spills and glimmers over a deep carpet of green moss, russet blaeberry and frost-tipped ling. A waist-high ants' nest bubbles from the ground. From the corner of my eye, a pine bough appears to ripple as a red squirrel skitters along. Then the birds strike up: coal tits, a greenfinch and, from somewhere imperceptible in the thin fog, the cork-popping aria of a male capercaillie.

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Yang Guang, pictured, and his mate Tian Tian have a 36-hour breeding window

Let's get it on: giant pandas have a hot date in the 'love tunnel'

Edinburgh Zoo hopes Tian Tian and Yang Guang will mate for the first time within days

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

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Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam