A couple shelters from rain on the beach at Weymouth using a sun-shade

Time to put away the sunloungers: Heavy rain follows heatwave

But forecasters said the hot weather was expected to return later this week

Lightning at Poole Harbour; violent thunderstorms are expected as temperatures rise

Dramatic and uncomfortable end to heatwave forecast with 'violent' thunderstorms and intense humidity

The thermometer breached 33C for first time in 2013, in west London and parts of Surrey

OAP dies after mobility scooter collides with bus in Bristol

An elderly woman died after her mobility scooter collided with a bus, police said.

Ashton Agar lets slip a chance to claim Matt Prior’s wicket

Ashes 2013: This is now a crisis for Australia. We need Fawad Ahmed to answer the SOS call

The Aussie Angle: Ahmed claimed four wickets in each innings for Australia A

Steve Smith (right) celebrates Matt Prior’s wicket, one of three he took late yesterday for Australia
Steven Gerrard in pre-season training

Steven Gerrard signs contract extension with Liverpool

England captain has signed a new deal to keep him at Anfield

Rogers, over and out: James Anderson celebrates Chris Rogers’ wicket

It was my finest innings in Ashes Tests, says Ian Bell

Batsman confident of victory after his century puts hosts in command

Ashes 2013: Controversial umpiring makes for interesting viewing at the Ashes

A compelling start to the Investec Ashes has been overshadowed somewhat by umpiring controversies.

Video: DVD and Blu-Ray releases

See below to watch the trailers for this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases

Phil Mickelson looks to bounce back at Scottish Open

Phil Mickelson hailed his opening 66 in the Scottish Open as the perfect preparation for the "punishment" which lies ahead in next week's Open Championship.

The controversial end of Jonathan Trott

Ashes 2013: England ask for clarification over Jonathan Trott dismissal

The issue was muddied by the absence of side-on 'hotspot' technology

Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Graeme Swann

Ashes 2013: England concern over fitness of Stuart Broad

Fast bowler unable to take the field for Australia's first innings

Kevin Pietersen said recently he wants to score 10,000 Test runs

The Ashes: All is forgiven as Kevin Pietersen is tipped to hit Aussies for six

The prospect of two Ashes series has helped smooth over last year's dressing-room divide

Trent Bridge cricket fan faces brass ban

Cricketing authorities have banned a fan from attending the opening Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, this week – if he brings his trumpet.

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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
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Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas