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.

Crocodile kills expedition leader

An acclaimed South African outdoorsman who was leading an expedition from the source of the White Nile into Congo was presumed dead yesterday after being dragged from his kayak by a crocodile.

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The Sketch: The deficit excuses everything – even this most brazen U-turn

New politics, lesson 52. U-turns don't exist any more, or if they do there is no shame in them.

UK fashion company wins brand battle with Lacoste

A British clothing supplier has won a four-year trademark battle against the fashion giant Lacoste, in a significant case that gives hope to smaller companies facing legal challenges from big corporates with deep pockets.

Lily Allen and Elton John honoured for songwriting

Stars including Lily Allen, Sting and Elton John were honoured for their songwriting by the US music industry.

Angela Cockayne discovers cabinet of curiosities at Corsham Court

Deep under Corsham Court – an elegant 17th-century pile in Wiltshire – the artist Angela Cockayne has made a remarkable discovery. In its cellars is a long-lost cabinet of curiosities: bones, minerals and fossils potent with the spirit of their 18th- and 19th-century collectors, some still toxic with the arsenic used to preserve them.

Mexico: Hurricane aids crocodiles' escape

At least 280 crocodiles have escaped from a Mexican refuge near the Gulf of Mexico after heavy flooding caused by Hurricane Karl, Mexican media said yesterday.

Children's TV presenter bitten by crocodile

Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall has revealed how he was bitten by a crocodile while filming a children's BBC series.

Alamar (U)

This slight and picturesque faux-documentary is like a family photo album brought to life.

‘Crocodile’ sighted in Channel was a log

A large crocodile sighted in the English Channel on Friday was actually a piece of wood, coastguards in Dover and France said yesterday.

My Weird and Wonderful Family, Channel 4<br/>My Child's Big Fat Birthday Party, BBC1

This glimpse at the home life of the Drewitt-Barlows said more about individual weirdness than gay parenting

Drunk tourist rides on crocodile's back

A man ejected from a pub in Australia broke into a zoo and climbed on to the back of a crocodile named Fatso, which bit him on the leg but then let him go.

Amber, Armani's autumn gem

Giorgio Armani presented his new autumn-winter collection yesterday to an A-list crowd for Paris Haute Couture fashion week. His Privé collection was based on the amber gemstone, using its every shade, from sandalwood to gold. There were lustrous evening gowns and tweed skirt-suits.

Crocodiles 'surf' the seas, study finds

Crocodiles "surf" waves to cross many miles of ocean, scientists have learned.

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