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This millennium, Britain’s dragonfly contingent has been in the throes of revolution. Several sparkling species have crossed the sea to start colonising the UK. In this ambitious itinerary, you might see up to seven magnificent dragonflies unknown in Britain two decades previously.

Little security: rents are the biggest factor in the cost of living crisis

Sean O'Grady: who will fix the UK's grotesque housing situation?

If we don't like rich landlords then we can raise taxes on the rich generally, but it will be a brave politician who suggests it

Miley Cyrus gives Justin Bieber some questionable advice on Jay Leno: 'Pay people to make sure you don't get into trouble'

The controversial 21-year-old pop singer told Jay Leno how she felt the troubled teen should have handled his recent spate of arrests

Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull speaks to the press during testing in Jerez

F1: Red Bull will overcome difficult testing in Jerez, says Daniel Ricciardo

For the third day running in Jerez, Red Bull were forced to bring an early end to their test.

Armed clown hunted by police

Suspect had red lips, red hair and carried a gun

Dmytro Bulatov,a Ukrainian opposition activist, says he was kidnapped and tortured

Ukraine activist Dmytro Bulatov 'kidnapped, tortured and left to die'

He led AutoMaidan protest movement that organised motorcades outside the houses of politicians and oligarchs

Justin Bieber arrest latest: Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford defends ‘successful’ fellow Canadian

Justin Bieber: Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford defends ‘successful’ fellow Canadian

Ford has hit the headlines almost as frequently as the troubled teen for a string of embarrassing public incidents

Pope Francis urges Italian mobsters to pray for forgiveness and convert to the Lord after three-year old is murdered in shock mafia hit

Brutal murder of three-year old Coco has sparked outrage in Italy as mafia crime takes an "unprecedented" turn

Shamal Battice allegedly stole a car from a dealership in Ocala, Florida, using a cane to hold down the pedal.

Paraplegic man Shamal Battice steals car and is chased by Florida police across three counties

The man was found trying to re-fill the car's petrol tank over 90km away from where he allegedly took it

Video: Real life GTA 5 as man fights car, punches thin air and spontaneously sprints before police swoop in

Man doesn't look unlike playable character Trevor Phillips

Just because a customer complains doesn't make them right

If you pay £6 to go to Prague on RyanAir, what do you expect?

William Roache trial: Coronation Street actor was 'sticking to script' when giving evidence, court hears

Prosecution says soap star was lying when he denied sexually abusing five girls

The former Liberal Democrat party leader Paddy Ashdown said he was 'very upset' after being involved in a fatal three-vehicle collision

Paddy Ashdown car crash: Former Lib Dem leader involved in accident which killed a 49-year-old man

Lord Ashdown said he was left ‘very upset’ after being involved in fatal incident

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing has a car breakdown on his installation lap in Jerez

F1: Red Bull problems continue during testing after Daniel Ricciardo forced out of car amid smoke

World champion Sebastian Vettel managed just 11 laps yesterday

Nick Clegg opposes smoking ban in cars with children

Nick Clegg opposes smoking ban in cars with children

Deputy PM said the ban would not be enforceable in practice

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Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
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The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
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'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

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