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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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Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
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How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
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Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss