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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.

Endangered crocodiles get a lake to call their own

Local residents had to be persuaded not to hunt and kill the reintroduced reptiles

Children played with body for 11 days

Children spent 11 days playing with the remains of what they thought was a crocodile in a New Zealand creek before a parent discovered that the body was human, it emerged yesterday.

Cycling: Good vibrations on the road to Paris

The Yellow Jersey's time-trialling, brilliant Britons and a town's choice of gift lit up this year's Tour.

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The earnestness of being imported

Ready to Wear: Are polka dots acceptable for a woman over the age of seven?

The world's gone dotty. And not just because the unusually clement weather has scrambled Europe's collective brain.

Another Gulmohar Tree, By Aamer Hussein

The roots and branches of a family at war – and peace

Tell-tale lies of Shannon’s mum exposed in TV documentary

The mother of Shannon Matthews has become convinced by her own lies, one of the women she first confessed to revealed today.

Snappy snacks: Why settle for chicken when you could graze on ostrich, crocodile or water buffalo?

Exotic meats may sound a bit strange – but they're deeply delicious

Police find human remains after crocodile attack

Police said they found human remains today in an Australian swamp where a crocodile snatched an 11-year-old girl.

Crocodile bites off 10-year-old's head

A huge crocodile knocked over a canoe in a southern Philippine lake and decapitated a 10-year-old girl, police said.

Tide of bizarre injuries keeps hospitals busy

There is a story told by NHS nurses about a man who turned up at accident and emergency walking in a strange manner and telling a confused tale.

Leading article: Accidental heroes

There will be those who examine the latest NHS statistics which record the many bizarre ways in which we managed to get ourselves admitted to hospital in 2007-08 and wonder if someone out there is trying to tell us something.

An ordinary Zimbabwean is laid to rest, wrapped in plastic. He died of cholera

As Robert Mugabe’s cronies prepare a lavish 85th birthday party, the people wait in vain for a ‘unity’ government to rescue them. Daniel Howden reports

Fashion: Down and out in NYC

Fall fashion normally refers to the season, but last week’s Hervé Léger show in New York was more pratfall than catwalk. Up-and-coming models Monica ‘Jac’ Jagaciak and Karolin Wolter fell, and many more slipped, as they stalked down the slick wooden runway, but they clambered back on to their six-inch spike heels to applause. Designer Max Azria was upbeat: “I don’t care! If people talk about that instead of the clothes, that would be ridiculous.”

Into the Outback: Exploring Australia's Northern Territory

Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory offers thrilling wildlife encounters, plus insights into the Aboriginal way of life
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