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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.

Drop in rainfall killed off Mayans

A reduction in rainfall led to the collapse of the Mayan civilisation more than 1,100 years ago, a study has concluded.

'Crippling drought' hits south and east of England

Hosepipe bans and rising food prices are set to hit millions of Britons after the Government raised the prospect of a spring and summer drought across a swathe of England following one of the driest winters on record.

Bewl Water Reservoir in Kent is now only 41 per cent full

Water, water... nowhere

Parts of Britain are already drier than they were in the infamous summer of 1976. Cahal Milmo reports

Paul Nicholls has Kauto Star in line for the Gold Cup

Rainbow may reach for stars with gold (and Kauto) at end

With 64 days to go, the countdown to the Gold Cup can officially start. The entries were made yesterday, 34 of them, and all the names that should be there are there, with no ghastly errors of omission. Kauto Star, already the first horse to regain the Cheltenham crown, can go for a unique three in five years; his great rival Long Run can try to redeem his reputation as the future of this particular branch of the sport.

Ahmed Kalif, a trader using Save The Children's voucher scheme in Kenya

Independent Appeal: Not just handouts - the aid that puts cash into the economy

The mass distribution of food to the needy is being replaced by a voucher scheme that helps countries to feed themselves

House crisis to worsen as fewer homes get go-ahead

Housebuilding at its lowest since the 1920s while 5 million are on council waiting lists

Drought traps ships on Danube

The waters on the Danube are so low that 100 loaded ships are stuck near the Hungarian border, blocked by sand bars.

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.

Is Tiger Woods falling to a level he has always despised?

James Corrigan: Tiger cannot admit he is beset by self-doubt

The Way I See It: An insider who knows him talks about Woods' "broken mental apparatus", but the talent hasn't left him

African famine appeal fails to draw enough donations

British donations to tackle the drought crisis affecting millions of people in the Horn of Africa have fallen far short of previous appeals.

Britons raise £42m for drought victims

The British public has donated £42m in just over three weeks to help drought victims in East Africa, it was announced yesterday. More than £1m was raised by donors using texts to send money.

Fatuma Noor: Who’s to blame for the drought in East Africa?

The faces of hunger and famine have become part of perennial shame as drought hits the East African region once again. I have to say, this did not come as a surprise – the writing has been on the wall as early as last year August.

Errors & Omissions: Who's in charge of the Pentagon? We should be told

The readers of this newspaper are, axiomatically, intelligent, well-informed people – and the thing about intelligent people is not that they know all the answers but that they ask all the questions.

UN lying over Somalia famine, say Islamists

Aid agencies blocked from helping millions
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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
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Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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The West needs more than a White Knight

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'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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