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

French pair killed in biplane crash

Two men have died after their biplane crashed in woods. The pair, believed to be French nationals, came down in Rotherfield Greys, near Henley, Oxfordshire, at around 4.45pm on Saturday.

Berkshire Shooting School bagged by ex-pat

Royal Berkshire Shooting School, the country sports and clothing group, has been sold in a deal thought to be worth more than £10m.

Police probing woman's death in 'suspicious' house fire

Police are today continuing investigate the death of a woman during a suspicious house fire.

Inquest to examine shooting death of Briton

The family of a British man shot dead in Amarillo on a road trip through the United States will learn details of his death today.

'Our Cup run has put Reading back on the map'

McDermott hails his club's revival ahead of Sunday's reunion with old foe O'Neill

The Hidden Landscape, By Richard Fortey

The many fans of Richard Fortey's Dry Store Room No.1, about the outlandish denizens of the Natural History Museum, should try this rather more sober but engaging ramble round Britain's geological marvels. They would learn that the division between north and south was once more marked than it is today.

Ascot races called off

Racing at Ascot was abandoned because of snow today - with a 4pm inspection also planned ahead of tomorrow's meeting

'Laughing thief ran woman down with her car'

A mother was run over and dragged up to 65ft (20m) by her own car after a laughing thief leapt behind the wheel and mowed her down, a court heard today.

Felix Bowness: The jockey Fred Quilly in 'Hi-de-Hi!'

The all-round entertainer Felix Bowness found fame in his sixties as Fred Quilly, the suspended jockey employed as a riding instructor at Maplin's holiday camp in Hi-de-Hi!, after spending much of his working life as a variety comedian, extra, bit-part actor and warm-up artist for television shows.

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Man arrested over 1987 sex attack

A 43-year-old man was arrested today in connection with an attempted rape that happened more than 20 years ago.

Britons attacked with machete in Tobago

A British couple remained in hospital today after being seriously injured in a machete attack in Tobago, the Foreign Office said.

Adam Afriyie MP

In today's paper a reference to the wealth of Windsor Conservative MP Adam Afriyie was based on an email from his chief of staff, Russell Walters.

Flowerbed complaint woman sues council

A woman who was labelled "potentially violent" after she complained to a council about a vandalised flowerbed today sued for the authority for libel.

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