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This millennium, Britain’s dragonfly contingent has been in the throes of revolution. Several sparkling species have crossed the sea to start colonising the UK. In this ambitious itinerary, you might see up to seven magnificent dragonflies unknown in Britain two decades previously.

Miliband interventions could hit stock market prices, experts warn

Britain’s stock market rally could end over the coming months if the likelihood of a Labour victory at the next election grows, experts have warned. 

Theodore Roosevelt, who was the 26th President of the United States

President Theodore Roosevelt provides Ed Miliband with an unlikely role model

Consumer groups will be given a greater role in identifying and fixing "broken markets" under Labour plans

Grace Dent on TV: Benefits Street, Channel 4

The title screams "poverty porn", but this is a show rich in compassion 

Money Insider: Go back to basics to sort out your finances

Many people will have made a resolution to reorganise their money matters this year – it's probably one of the top three 2014 promises, alongside shedding a bit of weight and doing more exercise.

Labour leader Ed Miliband during a Q&A session at the Standard Life building in Edinburgh, Thursday 7 November

Ed Miliband's big plan is anti-big business, not anti-business. Now he must convince the electorate

Some Labour figures worry that the party leader is overdoing the anti-business rhetoric

Royal Dutch Shell issues shock profit warning

Shell dropped a bombshell on investors after warning that fourth quarter profit will be "significantly" lower than last year, blaming low production, high exploration costs and continuing problems with refining.

Israeli soldiers on guard at a West Bank mosque damaged by settlers

Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians quadruple, says UN

Trees have been cut down, mosques defaced and farmers beaten

A volunteer puts together a parcel of food at a Food Bank in Brixton, south London

UK ‘has some of the highest and most volatile food prices’, claims Oxfam

Britons face some of the highest and most volatile food prices in Western Europe, according to research published today.

Prudent shopper Russell Lynch, who started compiling his own inflation index 18 months ago

Is inflation really falling? Not in my weekly shop

Officially, the cost of living is under control. So why doesn't it feel like that?

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: David Cameron’s liaisons are so different to François Hollande’s

It’s fair to assume that David Cameron’s appearance before the Commons Liaison Committee was not the most watched public questioning of a European leader this afternoon. Or, for the man in question, the most gruelling. 

Bangkok shutdown: Thai anti-government protesters continue demonstrations

Thousands are continuing to blockade major intersections for a second day in a bid to topple Thailand's government

David Cameron visits the Total Oil Depot shale drilling site in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. MPs have accused the government of seeking to bribe local councils to grant planning permission for controversial fracking projects

Government accused of 'bribing local councils' on controversial fracking projects

MPs accused the government of seeking to bribe local councils to grant planning permission for controversial fracking projects today, just as new figures showed Britain’s shale gas regulator has only six staff dedicated to fracking full time.

Anti-fracking protests hit headlines during test drilling in Balcombe in August 2013

David Cameron goes 'all out for shale' with tax boost for councils willing to approve projects

Environmentalists accuse Prime Minister of trying to 'bribe' local authorities

Firefighters inspect the burnt-out wreckage of the twin-engine business jet on the premises of a landfill site in western Germany

Small business jet travelling from England crashes in Germany killing four

The aircraft, which came down ablaze after hitting an electricity pylon, appears to have been a Cessna Citation business jet, police said

Swans explore the Abbey Fields caravan park after the River Thames flooded in Chersey

UK weather: More than 200 flood warnings and alerts in force across England

River levels continue to rise despite dry weather

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Minoan Crete and Santorini
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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada