Travel Republicans during the civil war

Alasdair Fotheringham follows the first heritage trail to focus on the Spanish Civil War

The medical crew with mother Melissa Cavanagh, father Paul Yeomans and baby Ella

Ella, the baby born in an elevator - and named after it

She was delivered in a lift when mum and paramedics became stuck inside it

A WWII Lancaster bomber sits on the runway before take off at RAF Scampton in Lincoln. Ladybower and Derwent reservoirs were used by the RAF's 617 Squadron in 1943 to test Sir Barnes Wallis' bouncing bomb before their mission to destroy dams in Germany's Ruhr Valley.

Bomber marks 70th anniversary of historic World War II Dambusters raid with Derwent dam flypast

Derwent dam, in the Hope Valley in Derbyshire, was one of the sites used by airmen for practice runs ahead their mission

Dambuster crew members with a Lancaster bomber, pictured at a reunion in 1967

Dambusters remembered, 70 years on: Celebrations this week will mark the famed wartime mission

The Dambusters squadron, whose daring and audacious raid during the Second World War is often held up as an example of bravery and ingenuity, will be celebrated around Britain this week which marks the 70th anniversary of the May 1943 mission, codenamed "Operation Chastise".

Workers missing after under-construction dam partially collapses in Cambodia

Four workers are missing and presumed drowned after an under-construction dam partially collapsed in western Cambodia, officials said.

Warnings did not reach people before floods, says Russian minister

Authorities failed to properly warn residents in the Black Sea region of floods that killed at least 171 people and left others scrambling for safety, Russia's emergencies minister acknowledged today.

More than 150 people killed in worst floods to hit Russia in a generation

More than 150 people are now known to have died in the worst floods to hit Russia in a generation, with the official response to the tragedy becoming heavily politicised even before the waters had fully receded. President Vladimir Putin flew to the region on Saturday to coordinate the rescue efforts, while opposition politicians accused authorities of criminal neglect.

Floods and misery in southern England as more than a month’s worth of rain falls in just a few hours

Forecasters warned there was little prospect of summer as once again more than a month’s worth of rain fell in just a few hours today bringing flooding and misery to parts of southern England.

The hosepipe ban will be 'self-policing' but penalties can still be enforced underlaw

Get ready for along, dry summer

With hosepipes banned in some areas, a lack of water could impact us all. By Charlie Cooper

The hosepipe ban will be 'self-policing' but penalties can still be enforced underlaw

Roll up your hosepipes for the big turn-off

There may be blizzards in the north, but much of the UK is so gripped by drought that, from today, millions of people will be subject to draconian restrictions on their use of water

This is England '88, Channel 4, Tuesday to Thursday

Those Walfordians must be fuming. Every year EastEnders' fabulously doomy Christmas Day episode provides the ultimate catharsis for festive viewers keen to expunge the pain of weeks of enforced jollity.

Premier strikes it rich

Premier Oil has struck oil at its Erne exploration well in the North Sea.

Eastern England's drought may spread, says minister

Parts of Britain face a drought next year unless there is a very wet winter the Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman, warned yesterday.

Rockhopper soars on success in the Falkland Islands

Tests on Rockhopper Exploration's oil find in the Falkland Islands have come in at the "upper end of expectations", the company said yesterday, sending its shares up by nearly a third.

BG enjoys a boost from rising oil and gas prices

As BP's shares headed south, BG claimed the FTSE 100 crown last night with forecast-beating results.

BG doubles estimate of its Brazilian reserves

BG Group more than doubled the estimate of its oil and gas reserves in Brazil yesterday, sending the resources group's stock soaring nearly 5 per cent.

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Children's books are too white, says Laureate

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Blackest is the new black

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Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

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Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

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