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The family of Jayden Parkinson are "heartbroken and devastated "following the discovery of a body yesterday evening in a cemetery, Thames Valley Police said this morning.

Paralympics: Cockroft wins her second world gold

Hannah Cockroft became a double gold medallist at the IPC Athletics World Championships with a competition record in the T34 100m. The Halifax teenager clocked 18.98 seconds into a slight headwind to follow up her success in the 200m event in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Quake shakes New Zealand, causing minor damage

Masonry and glass rained down near post-Christmas shoppers as a magnitude 4.9 earthquake rocked Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island on Sunday.

Anthony Rose: 'Is it not true that Marlborough sauvignon blanc has been the success story of the decade? Well, yes and no'

The 7.1 earthquake that struck Christchurch on Saturday 4 September was merciful in sparing lives. The hammer blow was as much to the psyche of this charming rural city on New Zealand's South Island as the substantial damage caused to roads and buildings. Yet while earthquakes and hobbits (The Hobbit is to be filmed there) are still hot news, the parlous state of New Zealand's wine industry was the first topic my taxi driver mentioned, when I arrived this month as a guest of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. "The wine industry's in deep trouble," were cabbie Rob McKee's words.

New Zealanders protest at plans to relocate 'Hobbit'

Thousands of New Zealanders took to the country's streets yesterday to protest against possible plans to move production of Peter Jackson's hobbit movies overseas.

Disorder in the House as Sir Ted's legacy leads to row

Campaigners fight-on to keep Arundells, the late prime minister's listed home, open to the public

Tolkienesque Waldrom gives Leicester look of European lords

Leicester 46 Scarlets 10

Big quake aftershocks plague New Zealand city

A powerful new 5.1-magnitude aftershock rattled terrified residents of New Zealand's earthquake-stricken city of Christchurch today, as officials doubled their estimate for repairing the damage from nearly 300 aftershocks in five days.

Quake 'created new fault line'

A powerful earthquake that smashed buildings, cracked roads and twisted railway lines around New Zealand's second city of Christchurch also ripped a new fault line in the Earth's surface.

Earthquake: Army flies in after Christchurch hit by powerful shock

A state of emergency was declared in the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch yesterday, after a powerful earthquake struck early on Saturday morning.

British tourist killed in New Zealand plane crash

A Briton was among nine people who died when a light aircraft belonging to a skydiving company crashed and burst into flames near a popular tourist spot in New Zealand's Southern Alps today.

Tories triumph in three-way marginal

Relieved Tories defended a knife-edge three-party marginal seat at Broxtowe Borough, Nottinghamshire, in the latest council by-elections.

Linesman dropped for Mitchell yellow card call

Linesman Cobus Wessels has been axed for this weekend's New Zealand-Australia clash due to the bad call that ultimately led to Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell being sent off in the first Bledisloe Cup match last week.

Mitchell off as All Blacks swat Wallabies aside

Australia 28 New Zealand 49

Cooper to miss New Zealand Tests after failed appeal

Star playmaker Quade Cooper will miss Australia's two upcoming Bledisloe Cup Tests against New Zealand after his dangerous-tackle appeal was dismissed today.

Pakistan MPs embroiled in fake degree scandal

Scores of Pakistani parliamentarians who faked university qualifications could be unseated in a growing political crisis with echoes of the British expenses furore that has raised the prospect of change in government and even a fresh general election.

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