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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.

Two Britons confirmed dead in quake

Two Britons died in an earthquake which ripped through a tourist city in New Zealand, the Foreign Office said today.

Elton goes forth but jokes fall flat down under

When Ben Elton relocated to Australia in 2009, he hoped to rekindle the critical success that had deserted him in Britain.

Hopes of finding quake survivors begin to fade

Rescue efforts in Christchurch complicated by poor weather and aftershocks as Prime Minister declares state of emergency

Seismologists blame Christchurch disaster on new fault

The earthquake that devastated Christchurch is the product of a newly discovered fault line in the Earth's crust.

New Zealand earthquake caused by new fault line

The devastating earthquake that tore through Christchurch on Tuesday is the product of a new fault line in the Earth’s crust that seismologists were previously unaware of.

Jerome Taylor: 'The ground had just swallowed things up'

Eyewitness tales

English camp sombre after earthquake in Christchurch

England's rugby players had precious little thinking time yesterday, thanks to two heavy training sessions at the team base in Surrey ahead of this weekend's big Six Nations game with France, the only other unbeaten side in the tournament. Yet news of the major earthquake in Christchurch, capital of New Zealand's south island and one of the main host cities for this autumn's World Cup, left the red-rose fraternity in sombre mood.

Kiwi Reid tells of fears after quake devastates Christchurch

West Ham defender Winston Reid has spoken of his sadness at the deadly earthquake that rocked his native New Zealand.

Supposedly quake-proof buildings collapsed

Perched on the border of two continental plates, New Zealand's position in the Pacific Ring of Fire is precisely what gives the country much of its astonishing natural beauty. Its mountains, volcanoes and geothermal springs are all the product of intense tectonic activity. But geological beauty can be a double-edged sword.

Christchurch left devastated on New Zealand's 'darkest day'

More than 300 people were still trapped in collapsed buildings last night after a massive earthquake hit New Zealand's second biggest city, Christchurch, claiming at least 75 lives and destroying buildings.

Scores killed in New Zealand earthquake

One of New Zealand's biggest cities lay in ruins today after a powerful earthquake toppled tall buildings and churches on a busy weekday, killing at least 65 people in the country's worst natural disaster in decades.

UK team to join quake rescue effort

A UK disaster relief team is to join the search-and-rescue effort in New Zealand after the devastating earthquake.

Video: Rescue stories from New Zealand quake

Officials in Christchurch, New Zealand update the media on the progress of rescue efforts following this morning's earthquake.

Weir's final burst seals golden hat-trick

Britain's David Weir made it a hat-trick of gold medals at the IPC Athletics World Championships in New Zealand yesterday with victory in the T54 5,000 metres. The 31-year-old added to his successes in the 1500m and the 800m earlier this week in Christchurch, finishing ahead of the world record-holder, Marcel Hug of Switzerland.

Cregg gets golden glimpse of 2012

Libby Cregg added world gold to her Paralympic silver medal as she claimed victory in the T12 100 metres at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, yesterday.

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