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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.

Gunmen assassinate Libyan deputy industry minister

Gunmen assassinated Libya's deputy industry minister as he drove home from shopping in the coastal city of Sirte late on Saturday in an attack security officials blamed on hardline Islamist militants.

The iconic British brands sold 425,006 vehicles in 2013 - up 19 per cent on 2012

Jaguar Land Rover notches up record-breaking global sales

Iconic British brands sold 425,006 vehicles in 2013 - up 19 per cent on 2012 - and set records in 38 international markets

The trolleybus destroyed by a suicide bomb in Volgograd

Winter Olympics: Russia arrests five 'terror suspects' month before start of Sochi Games

Five terror suspects have been detained in one of Russia's North Caucasus provinces as the country's security agencies were scrambling to uproot any potential threat to the Sochi Games.

Max Chilton will remain with Marussia for the 2014 Formula One season

F1: Max Chilton to remain with Marussia for 2014 season after setting rookie record last time out

Chilton became the first ever driver to finish every race in his debut season

Labour plans to license teachers with 'classroom MoTs' that could see them sacked if they fail regular checks

Regular checks would 're-professionalise' teaching, according to shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt

Collectors’ item: a 1969 Lancia Fulvia Spider Fiorio & Maglioli, selling at auction for a price that reflects its rarity

Auction set to drive high price for for last remaining classic 1969 Lancia Fulvia Spider

A 1969 Lancia Fulvia Spider Fiorio & Maglioli will be sold today by auctioneers Coys at the NEC in Birmingham and is expected to fetch as much as £220,000.

Lotus drives deeper into the red

Lotus suffered a 40 per cent slide in the number of sports cars sold as losses at the Malaysian-owned engineer worsened dramatically last year.

Carolina Spear (left), sister, and Ingeborg Mootz de Spear (centre) mother of late Venezuelan model Monica Spear, head for the chapel in a cemetery east of Caracas

Stolen camera helps trace new suspects for murder of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear

A digital camera stolen from murdered former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear has led to the arrest of seven people, according to police.

Racing during the 2012 Cheltenham festival when, a court heard, businessman Curtis Woodman hired the Embassy Club in Cheltenham to entertain racegoers

Cheltenham lapdancers 'kidnapped nightclub boss to get £42,000 payment'

A group of lapdancers kidnapped and beat a nightclub boss after he failed to pay them more than £42,000, a court heard.

Eddie Irvine: F1 driver sentenced to six months in prison over Milan bar fight

Irvine is sentenced to six months behind bars in an Italian court

Ageing former Cuban President Fidel Castro makes rare public appearance at art studio

The 87-year-old made his first public outing in nine months

Voices in Danger: For putting on a play, Carlos Santos was tortured by an El Salvador death squad

“I still have the scars on my hands from when I was hung from the roof”

Top Pakistan police chief Chaudhry Aslam Khan killed in Karachi Taliban attack

Enemies of country's toughest policeman finally catch up with him

Nearly half of male drivers are putting lives at risk by nodding off at the wheel

Half of male drivers admit nodding off at the wheel

Road safety charity warns that tired driving kills at least 300 people on UK roads every year

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