News Saltwater crocodiles can weigh up to a ton

A search team looking for a 12-year-old boy who was snatched by a crocodile have reportedly discovered human remains near the waterhole where he was swimming in Australia.

Saltwater crocodile numbers in Australia have shot up since the species was protected by federal law in 1971

Tourist trapped on Australian island for two weeks after being stalked by monster crocodile

Man was prevented from leaving by the arrival of a 20ft-long crocodile that made its presence felt every time he attempted to to enter the water

Saltwater crocodile numbers in Australia have shot up since the species was protected by federal law in 1971

Australian police retrieve body after 26-year-old man killed in crocodile attack

The body of a 26-year-old swimmer who was snatched by a crocodile as he attempted  to cross an Australian river has been recovered by police.

Australia: Man snatched in Darwin crocodile attack feared dead

Police believe alcohol may have played a part in the victim’s decision to swim in dangerous waters

Album review: Tony Joe White, Hoodoo (Yep Roc)

JJ Cale's back-porch rocker may have stilled, but there's some solace in Hoodoo, which may be Tony Joe White's best album. It's a record full of laidback, shuffling blues and murmured intimacies, with the enigmatic "Holed Up" hitting a Cale-like hypnotic groove."

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Bear Grylls grilled by council over cliffside slide

A slide pinned to a cliff face that shoots users into the sea – as long as the tide is in – has landed adventurer Bear Grylls in hot water.

Oprah Winfrey said Switzerland needn't have apologised

Oprah Winfrey: I'm really sorry' that Swiss racism story got 'blown up'

The talk show host sparked international controversy when she suggested she encountered racism in Zurich

Oprah Winfrey said she was victimised at the Trois Pommes boutique in Zurich. The store's owner Trudie Goetz has apologised

So, what was it about Oprah Winfrey – black billionaire – that made Zurich store assume that she couldn’t afford a handbag?

Swiss boutique apologises after being accused of racism by the world’s most celebrated talk show host

Python escapes from Canadian pet store and kills two young brothers as they sleep

Snake got out of enclosure at a pet store before slithering through a ventilation system and into an upstairs apartment

Models present creations by Rick Owens during the men's spring/summer 2014 ready-to-wear fashion show

Punk rocks: Rick Owens embraces the apocalypse – in sportswear

Designer hoists Eastern European punk band to the rafters for Paris fashion show

A giant alligator sits on the 14th fairway

Video: Watch as three-legged alligator crosses golf fairway in New Orleans

Golfers and caddies were left stunned when they were joined on the 14th hole by an unexpected visitor - a huge alligator.

French fisherman left with a 'few holes in the head' after surviving crocodile death roll attack

Yoann Galeran left with puncture wounds to the head and neck after being attacked by a saltwater crocodile

George Galloway plans to oppose cancellation of Prime Minister's Questions for Margaret Thatcher's funeral and attacks 'canonisation of wicked woman'

Respect MP also plans to disrupt plans to cancel PMQ's to allow MPs and peers to attend service

Andy McSmith's Diary: A shocking glimpse of what it took to win peace

Today being the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement which brought peace to Northern Ireland, it seems as good excuse to revive anecdotes about the slightly made Secretary of State, Mo Mowlam, who did so much to make it possible while slowly dying of a malignant brain tumour.

Antonio Ruiz and some friends were baiting the crocs on the banks of the Tarcoles River in Costa Rica, luring them over by throwing pieces of meat into the water

Video: Photographer narrowly escapes crocodile's jaws in Costa Rica

Antonio Ruiz and friends lured the reptiles over with chunks of meat

Postcard from...Mijas

Perhaps only in Andalusia, traditionally Spain's most laid-back region, could keeping alligators as pets ever have been legal – and even there, since 2008, there has been a ban. But after a two-metre, 70kg 'gator was discovered living at a lake near Mijas on Andalusia's Costa del Sol last month, in any case no one in the region needs reminding of the former regulation.

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