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A house and car severely damaged in Ferrara, Italy following a magnitude-6.0 earthquake

Five killed in northern Italy earthquake

A magnitude-6.0 earthquake shook several small towns in northeast Italy Sunday, killing four people, knocking down a clock tower and other centuries-old buildings and causing millions in losses to the region known for making Parmesan cheese. 

Two Britons fined over Australia penguin theft

Two British tourists who broke into an Australian theme park and stole a penguin following a drunken night out have each been fined A$1,000 (£637).

Lloyd Burns may need surgery after announcing retirement

Wales international Lloyd Burns is facing the possibility of heart surgery after being forced to retire from rugby. forced

Framlingham Castle in Suffolk

Extreme weather warning: Britain's heritage buildings feel the heat – and cold

Experts fear they are fighting a losing battle as increasingly erratic conditions take their toll

The common touch: Erin O'Connor talks to Shyama, 30, and her severely malnourished son Dilkhush, 15 months, at her home in the Tonk region in Rajasthan, India

The real slumdogs: Supermodel Erin O'Connor visits Delhi's poorest region

The Okhla slums of Delhi are home to 150,000 of India's poorest citizens – and malnutrition is a daily crisis. So how did a former Vogue cover star come to visit – and does the celebrity photo-op really have a lasting charitable effect?

Wheel life: Adrian Hume with the Caterham kit car he built and races in memory of his son,Daniel

'Daniel is always with me'

Losing his son in Afghanistan broke Adrian Hume's heart. But pursuing their shared passion – and raising thousands for charity – is helping to keep his memory alive

Roman holiday: The famous Colosseum

Italy investigates Colosseum masonry problems

Italy's culture ministry said that it is investigating reports that bits of rock have fallen from the Colosseum.

FA Cup round-up: Stourbridge pour on the pain for Argyle

Stourbridge heaped more misery on impoverished Plymouth Argyle last night, embarrassing the south coast side 2-0 in their FA Cup first-round replay to reach the second round for the first time in their history.

Dominic Lawson: Printing money is again seen as the answer to economic woes. But why?

A friend of mine was once apprehended by the police for forgery and counterfeiting. He was a boy at the time, which preserved him from a stretch at her Majesty's Pleasure; but he was sent down from an illustrious public school – where he had acquired great popularity by handing out what appeared to be £5 notes to delighted fellow pupils. These notes had been doing sterling work in the shops of the nearest village until the recipients took them to put into their bank account and were told that the fivers were cleverly constructed duds.

Weekend Work: Time to plant grape vines

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Trail of the unexpected: West Africa

The masons of the Niger Delta city of Djenné are uniquely talented, says Jane Labous

Man About Town: London needs a new place to party

Once upon a time, all a brand had to do to give itself credibility was to hold a party in Shoreditch. This enclave of London’s East End, represented the new, the different and (as media types are generally inward-looking types), the unknown.

Lower costs help Bovis double profit

Bovis Homes has restored its interim dividend for the first time in three years after a "significant" reduction in construction costs helped it more than double its first-half profits.

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

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The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?
Season's finale brings the end of an era for top coaches and players across the continent

The end of an era across the continent

It's time to say farewell to Klopp, Clement, Casillas and Xavi this weekend as they move on to pastures new, reports Pete Jenson
Bin Laden documents released: Papers reveal his obsession with attacking the US and how his failure to keep up with modern jihad led to Isis

'Focus on killing American people'

Released Bin Laden documents reveal obsession with attacking United States
Life hacks: The innovations of volunteers and medical workers are helping Medécins Sans Frontières save people around the world

Medécins Sans Frontières's life hacks

The innovations of volunteers and medical workers around the world are helping the charity save people
Ireland's same-sex marriage vote: As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?

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As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?
The underworld is going freelance: Why The Godfather's Mafia model is no longer viable

The Mafia is going freelance

Why the underworld model depicted in The Godfather is no longer viable