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Sri Lanka: Wild at heart

Sri Lanka teems with exotic wildlife, from big cats to the shy slender loris – and with the country welcoming tourists once more, now is the time to visit

Toxic red sludge reaches the Danube

The toxic red sludge that burst out of a metals plant reservoir and inundated three villages reached the Danube today, but an Hungarian emergency official said no immediate damage was evident on Europe's second-longest river.

Hungary sludge flood called 'ecological disaster'

Hungary has declared a state of emergency in three counties after a flood of toxic red sludge from an alumina plant engulfed several towns and burned people through their clothes. One official called it "an ecological disaster" that may threaten the Danube and other key rivers.

Biggest relocation in China since Three Gorges

China's growing thirst for water is driving one of the world's biggest mass relocations, with 440,000 people leaving their homes to make way for a huge man-made canal project to channel water to drought-prone Beijing.

Around the ragged rocks of Dark Peak

Walk of the Month: Take a walk around the weird stone outcrops of the Peak District, says Mark Rowe. The views are great – if you’re lucky enough to visit on a clear day

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Design: Join the wet set

A water feature can transform your garden and encourage a wealth of wildlife. Kate Watson-Smyth reports