News Cuadrilla operated drill site in Balcombe, West Sussex. The company has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire

Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.

Soldiers evacuate tens of thousands of flood victims in northern India

Soldiers are working to evacuate tens of thousands of people still stranded in northern India where nearly 600 people have been killed in monsoon flooding and landslides.

23 killed and over 10,000 pilgrims stranded along mountain pass in northern India

Torrential downpours in northern states wash away roads, buildings and vehicles

Sam Warburton's protégé Josh Navidi ready for his Wales debut

Josh Navidi believes growing up in the shadows of current and former British and Irish Lions pair Sam Warburton and Martyn Williams has finally paid dividends, having been primed for his Wales debut.

Reshma Begum, 19, was pulled from the Rana Plaza remains

Bangladeshi clothing factory’s ‘miracle survivor’ makes a clean start

A garment worker who spent 17 days trapped in rubble has been offered a job in a hotel

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address

Rubio reaps rewards from water lunge gaffe

A week after he became the laughing stock of the internet with his so-called “water lunge”, Florida Senator Marco Rubio has proved he has a characteristic crucial to any politician: the ability to bounce back.

Claire Squires collapsed in Birdcage Walk, a mile from the finish line in the 26.2 mile event, on April 22 last year

Amphetamine-like drug was factor in death of London Marathon runner Claire Squires

A hairdresser whose death during the final stages of the London Marathon led to more than £1m being donated to charity had taken an amphetamine-like drug which she had bought legally on-line, an inquest heard today.

Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon chat aboard a bus on the way to visit fracking sites in Pennsylvania

Imagine there's no fracking… Yoko Ono joins tour against controversial extraction technique

Celebrities including Yoko Ono, her son Sean Lennon and actress Susan Sarandon were in Pennsylvania today for an “anti-fracking” tour.

Hopefully my discontent with winter will be made glorious summer by this boiler repair man

Some people say they like winter because you get to stay inside and watch box sets. I'm sorry to report, those people are wrong

Andros Townsend separates his team-mate Danny Rose and Sasa Markovic of Serbia

England victory marred by racism from fans and player violence

England reached next summer's European Under-21 Championship last night but it was marred by racism and violence from Serbian players and fans at the final whistle.

'Brain-eating amoeba' kills 10 in Pakistan

A waterborne parasite commonly known as “brain-eating amoeba” has killed 10 people in Pakistan's largest city, a Pakistani official with the World Health Organization said today.

Tesco and Asda deny claims that own-brand bottled water is in fact tap water

Two supermarkets have denied claims that the economy-price own-brand bottled water they sell is in fact tap water.

Being Modern: Bottled water

Ah, summer days. And what could be more refreshing than an unadulterated glass of pure water. Eau de Sidcup, anyone? Thought not. So imagine the British public's surprise when a money-making scheme once dreamt up by Del Boy became reality. It was 2004 and Coca-Cola felt it was time to, um, tap into the bottled-water market. Sadly, it soon came to light that the other "real thing" contained nothing more than filtered tap water from a factory in Sidcup. Dasani was laughed out of UK shops, but the trend for paying for something that we can all get for free shows no signs of abating.

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