Sport Tiger Woods looks on from the first hole during the second round at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods endured one of the worst days of his distinguished career as he shot a 79 at the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday to miss the third-round cut.

On the frontline of climate change

It's the burning issue Australia's leaders dare not confront, even on the eve of a general election

Water, water, everywhere: If you forget to keep your plants hydrated and there will be only one outcome

From time to time I develop a talent for killing things. Not in winter, when I am excellent at running out with bubble wrap whenever there's a frost. But in summer, I can put off watering until the condition of the dry prairie outside the back door is terminal.

What's the buzz this summer?

With highs of 29C and hosepipe bans imminent, summer must really be here. Pavan Amara and Daisy Jellicoe report on seasonal matters

Drought-hit utility firm asks for more water

A utility firm hit by north-west England's driest start to the year since 1929 wants to take more water from lakes and rivers.

In video: Thailand facing rice harvest crisis

The worst drought for two decades is putting Thailand’s rice harvest in jeopardy and could lead to a freeze on exports.

China floods death toll rises to 175

Widespread flooding in southern China has caused 175 deaths, with 107 people missing and more storms expected, the government said today.

Region faces drought order as water supply falls

The threat of a summer drought is hanging over seven million people in the North West of England, it emerged yesterday.

1.3 million flee as China flooding kills 155

Unusually heavy seasonal flooding in China has killed at least 155 people and forced more than 1 million to flee as water levels in some areas reached at their highest in more than a decade, the government reported today.

Landslides and flooding kill 53 in China

A news report says the death toll from flooding and rain-triggered landslides in southern China has climbed to 53 after the bodies of all missing people were recovered.

Extreme droughts to be 'more common'

Britain is heading for water shortages and crop failures as extreme droughts like that of 1976 become more frequent, experts have warned.

Flooding kills 70 in southern China

Torrential rains caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon have swept across parts of southern China, toppling homes, destroying crops and killing at least 70 people, state media reported today. More flooding was expected.

Potato crop under threat

The worst drought to hit the Channel islands in 34 years is threatening significantly to cut the Jersey Royal potato crop, growers have warned.

Pletcher ends Derby drought after Borel deals with the deluge

When Calvin Borel won the 2007 Kentucky Derby on Street Sense, it seemed an unfeasible and gratifying climax to the long, low-key career of a journeyman jockey. On Saturday, however, he won the race for the third time in four years on Super Saver, an achievement unmatched by all the ace riders of the previous 136 years. Moreover, the 43-year-old at last satisfied the Derby craving of a man to whom breaking records has been routine throughout his own career.

McCarthy remains unperturbed over Wolves' goal drought

Mick McCarthy, the Wolves manager, insists he will not adopt a gung-ho approach to try and improve side's chronic lack of goalpower and is only concerned about ensuring Premier League survival.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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