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On a wing and a heatwave: Exotic butterflies and moths from the continent colonising UK

Exotic butterflies and moths from the Continent have begun to colonise Britain following the hot summer, the Butterfly Conservation charity reports.

China hit by flooding after Typhoon Fitow

Shanghai city officials have closed more than 60 parks and the city zoo as residents wade through flood waters after heavy rains hit the financial hub in the aftermath of Typhoon Fitow.

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Thailand floods: 23 killed as more storms loom

Thai authorities say floods have killed more than 20 people and affected areas across the country in the past two weeks, while concern is growing there could be a repeat of the devastating floods in 2011.

Steve McClaren is closing in on the Derby County managerial role

Former England manager Steve McClaren confirmed as successor to Nigel Clough at Derby County

Clough was surprisingly dismissed after defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday opening the door to McClaren appointment

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United Airlines pilot suffers fatal heart attack mid-flight

Captain who died following a heart attack has been identified as 63-year-old Henry Skillern

Chinese police rescue 92 abducted children from trafficking network

The arrests follow a six-month investigation

Sibley’s record innings of 242 ended by Sidebottom

Eighteen-year-old Surrey batsman Dominic Sibley was bowled out for 242 against Yorkshire yesterday after entering the record books as the youngest double centurion in English county cricket.

Banerjee in 2002 at a press conference in Mumbai to publicise the film 'Escape From The Taliban'

Sushmita Banerjee: Author who was murdered by the Taliban

The age-old attraction of tall, handsome men from the mountains north-west of India sealed the fate of a soft, dreamy girl from Kolkata when she fell in love with one of the city's migrant Afghan fruit sellers, whom she had met at a theatre. Sushmita Banerjee, educated daughter of middle-class parents with hopes of a bright future, was instead to die at 49, in the middle of the night in a comfortless place far from home, her body riddled with bullets from an AK-47, and her face obliterated.

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The Ashes: Who is Gary Ballance?

The batsman is included in the squad for the tour Down Under

Finishing flourish: Simon Jones takes two for 36 in an effort to inspire the Welsh side

Samit Patel's prediction is right as Glamorgan are well beaten

Notts left-arm spinner makes major contribution after ill-advised words in pre-match interview

Win bonus: Graham Onions (on the left) with Paul Collingwood after Durham win title

Ashes squad: Ambitious Graham Onions is crying out for one more crack at big time

Outstanding bowler behind Durham's Championship success this season has seen his England career stall through injury and stiff competition but is hoping for an Ashes swansong

Paul Collingwood has just led Durham to their third title in six years

Paul Collingwood tips Ben Stokes for Ashes glory... but not just yet

Durham captain tells Ed Aarons how young all-rounder can solve a national problem once he’s fine-tuned his game

Durham batsmen Will Smith (right) and Mark Stoneman celebrate after winning the County Championship

Paul Collingwood's band of local boys triumph over adversity and bad luck

Year that hit rock bottom with coach Geoff Cook's heart attack ends in stirring Durham title win

Glastonbury Festival founder, Michael Eavis, launches fund to save Somerset Levels

The Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis launched a fighting fund today to save the Somerset Levels from flooding.

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He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

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If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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