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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.

UK team joins Japan earthquake rescue efforts

A team of UK search and rescue specialists and medics was due to join the massive relief mission in tsunami-ravaged Japan today amid the continuing threat of a catastrophic nuclear meltdown.

Q&A: The day the Earth moved, and a nation's east coast shifted by 2.4 metres

It was the country's worst recorded earthquake, yet its impact has been less destructive than similar natural disasters in the Pacific Rim

New Zealand: The power of nature on South Island

Despite the tragedy of last month's catastrophic earthquake, New Zealand still delivers sublime travel experiences, writes Chris Leadbeater

New Zealand earthquake boulder sold at auction

A man whose house was smashed by a boulder in the Christchurch earthquake has sold the rock in an online auction for NZ$60,000 (£27,000).

Stadium damage leaves England in cup limbo

England may be waiting on the fitness of the Leicester outside-half Toby Flood ahead of this weekend's Calcutta Cup match with Scotland at Twickenham, but that is of little concern in the great scheme of things. They have a bloke by the name of Wilkinson ready and willing to reclaim the No 10 shirt, and anyway, there are bigger issues on the agenda – principally, the horribly difficult situation in the South Island of New Zealand, where they are meant to be based come World Cup time in September.

Parts of Christchurch may be abandoned

About 10,000 houses in Christchurch may have to be demolished because of earthquake damage, while some parts of the city may have to be abandoned altogether, New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, said yesterday.

Ruck and Maul: From running the line at Twickers to runs galore in Bangalore

The Irish referee Alan Lewis has had the week of his life. Formerly his country's most-capped cricketer, Lewis was a touch judge at last weekend's England v France match at Twickenham before paying his own passage to India to see Ireland's World Cup win over the English.

No bodies found in Christchurch cathedral

Searchers today declared that no one had died in the rubble of Christchurch's cathedral - a rare piece of good news in the final days of a grim recovery operation following an earthquake that devastated New Zealand's second-largest city and killed at least 165 people.

World Cup staying in New Zealand

Rugby World Cup chiefs have stressed that all 48 matches of this year's tournament will take place in New Zealand.

New Zealand vow to stage full World Cup

Rugby World Cup chiefs have stressed that all 48 matches of this year's tournament will take place in New Zealand.

No hope for more Christchurch quake survivors

Rescuers officially gave up hope of finding more survivors of the Christchurch earthquake, saying yesterday that no one trapped in rubble when the disaster struck nine days earlier could still be alive.

Video: London service for NZ quake victims

Hundreds remember the dead and injured in Christchurch at a service in London.

Christchurch: Bodies 'may never be recovered'

New Zealand came to a standstill yesterday as people marked the moment a deadly earthquake shattered the country's second-biggest city, Christchurch, a week ago.

Christchurch time capsules found in rubble

As New Zealanders observed two minutes' silence in memory of those killed in last week's Christchurch earthquake, rescue workers made a remarkable discovery among the rubble: two time capsules from up to 144 years ago.

Video: New Zealand mourns quake victims

Christchurch came to a standstill earlier as people in the city marked the moment a deadly earthquake struck one week ago.

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