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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.

UK trade deficit narrows to £9.4bn in November

Export volumes to the EU rose 5.8 per cent on the month

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars bespoke Mazarine Blue Ghost

Rolls-Royce to create 100 new jobs after record sales

Over 3,630 cars were delivered to customers in 2013, the highest in the marque's history

Joyriding chihuahua hits north Spokane car

His owner said the dog's licence has been revoked

Five dead and multiple casualties in 'hydrogen' explosion at Japanese chemical factory

At least five people have been killed in an explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan, according to news reports.

Mark Duggan was shot twice by police and died of a chest wound

Mark Duggan inquest: Armed police will wear video cameras

Met Police Commissioner said the move would make officers 'more open'

The Business Matrix: Thursday 9 January 2014

L’Oréal reduces products in China

The UK chief executive of Rolls-Royce Torsten Müller-Ötvös in London yesterday to celebrate the company’s 110th birthday

Rolls-Royce is on a roll as the super-rich get all revved up

Sales are booming for Britain's luxury car makers as everyone from Chinese tycoons to film stars scrambles to buy one

Jim Armitage: It's boom time for Bentley and Rolls-Royce motor cars

Outlook Time was when the chairman of the board would have a Rolls-Royce to be driven in and a Bentley to drive himself.

The leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony

Joseph Kony’s child army and the ivory trade that pays its bills

Once, the Lord’s Resistance Army preyed on elephants for food in the bush, but now it is ‘white gold’ they seek

How often do you see someone on the train who isn't using an electronic device?

It's not just children who need lessons in reflection. Adults need to switch off

Leonardo DiCaprio’s deepest, darkest and wholly rational fear of sharks was tested to the extreme after he came face-to-face with a great white during a terrifying diving ordeal.

Leonardo DiCaprio survives shark attack after getting trapped in diving cage

The daring Wolf of Wall Street star revealed his terrifying encounter during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres

An image of the Amazon delivery appeared on the Reddit website on Monday

What's in the box? Mystery of giant Amazon delivery solved

The mystery of the “biggest Amazon box ever” spotted in a residential street in the US has been solved.

The Loans2go ad may have been jolly but it was also misleading, the ASA said

Loans2Go TV adverts banned over 'inappropriate' Austrian costumes

A man dressed in lederhosen is not a suitable way to sell loans, rules ASA

Monica Spear being crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004.

Monica Spear: Teenagers among suspects arrested for murder of former Miss Venezuela and British ex-husband

Monica Spear and Thomas Henry Berry were killed in front of their five-year-old daughter who was injured in the attack

Driver who racked up 45 penalty points still on the road

A Liverpool man is still on the road despite accumulating a staggering 45 penalty points on his drivers’ licence.

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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
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Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness