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Berkshire hathaway has waded into the takeover battle for Transatlantic Holdings, tabling a $3.2bn bid for the reinsurer.

Album: Viva Brother, Famous First Words (Geffen)

At the start of 2011, Berkshire chancers Brother launched themselves at the knuckledragger market temporarily vacated by the Gallaghers, declaring themselves "the future of music".

Man missing after river rescue bid

A man is missing today after he got into difficulties when he went into a river to rescue his teenage daughter, according to police.

Equestrianism: Fletcher wins on Promised Land

Tina Fletcher achieved a lifelong ambition yesterday by ending Hickstead's 38-year wait for a female winner of the Derby.

Firefighters battle to control blazes

Heathland fires were still raging across parts of the Scottish Highlands, Ireland and England yesterday after an extended dry spell.

Video: Kate Middleton bus tour launches

A new bus tour around Kate Middleton's home in Royal Berkshire has been launched, taking in sights of her former schools and local church.

Lib Dems suffer by-election slump in Berkshire

The Liberal Democrats slumped in the first council by-election of the year.

Four quizzed after man dies of stomach wound

Four men were being held on suspicion of murder today after a young man was fatally wounded at his home.

7/7 bodies retrieval delayed by problems

A policeman in charge of the 7/7 blast site at Edgware Road today outlined a series of problems that delayed the retrieval of bodies.

Trident warhead workers protest over pay

Workers at the company that provides the warheads for Trident, the country's nuclear deterrent, will stage a protest tomorrow in a row over pay.

Nuclear warhead workers take industrial action

Workers at the company that provides the warheads for Trident, the country's nuclear deterrent, are to take industrial action in a row over pay, it was announced today.

The Iron Duke, by Bobby Windsor

Few people enjoyed playing against Bobby Windsor. The pre-eminent Pontypool, Wales and Lions hooker of the 1970s was not only technically very skilful, but also equally adept at booting or punching opponents when the referee wasn't looking, and sometimes when he was.

Mother wins NHS gastric band case

A sixteen-stone woman denied gastric band treatment on the NHS has used a judicial review to reverse the decision.

Crossrail delayed to save £1bn

The main London section of the proposed Crossrail Berkshire-to-Essex infrastructure link could be delayed by a year to shave £1bn off the project's price tag.

Fire hits Trident warhead base in Berkshire

Homes were evacuated after a fire broke out at the atomic weapons base which maintains warheads for Trident, the country's nuclear deterrent.

Raoul Moat victim's family blame police

The family of Raoul Moat's murder victim today blamed police for not warning him that his life was in danger.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee