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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Sonar equipment fails to find body of boy who slipped off jetty Dylan Cecil

The body of a four-year-old boy who slipped from a jetty is believed to have been washed out to sea after specialist sonar equipment failed to find him, experts said.

Invisible Ink: No 137 - Pierre Boulle

Sometimes the lives of authors are as exciting as their books. French novelist Pierre Boulle was born in 1912 and trained as an engineer, working on British rubber plantations in Malaya. He became a secret agent, aiding the resistance in wartime China, Burma and French Indochina, met a married woman who became the great love of his life and, in 1943, was captured by Vichy France loyalists on the Mekong River, where he was forced into hard labour. During this period he kept a diary on scraps of paper. After, despite being decorated as a war hero, he found himself down and out in Paris. Moving in with his widowed sister, he began to write from his collected scraps.

Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during an excellent first round of the US PGA

McIlroy makes hay in the morning calm as 'Mild Thing' Daly rolls back the years

Ulsterman opens US PGA campaign with flawless five-under round but Tiger toils in the heat

Five-minute Memoir: Susan Fletcher goes to Jamaica in search of a long-dead relative

As a child, there were words that I knew were part of me, and had resonance. My name, of course; 'red-headed', too; also, the word 'April', for while it meant Easter eggs and school holidays, it also meant my birthday – so it was a special word, to me.

Family pay tribute to Burton Bradstock beach landslide victim Charlotte Blackman

Family and friends of a landslide victim have paid tribute to a “genuine, warm and funny young woman”.

Flash floods kills at least 15 in Japan

Heavy rain has triggered flash floods and mudslides in southern Japan, causing at least 15 deaths and leaving 18 more people missing.

Last night's viewing - Double Cross, BBC2; Bug, Sky Atlantic

If I say I was a tiny bit disappointed with Double Cross I don't mean to suggest that Ben MacIntyre's documentary about Operation Bodyguard, the misinformation campaign that preceded D-Day was anything less than fascinating.

Judge lifts Costa Corcodia captain Francesco Schettino's house arrest

An Italian judge lifted the house arrest order for the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruiser liner today, but said he must remain in his hometown near Naples during the criminal investigation regarding the accident off the Tuscan coast that killed 32 people.

The now derelict Battersea Power Station

Chelsea plans for Battersea Power Station stadium extinguished

Chelsea's hopes of moving to Battersea Power Station have been extinguished after a Malaysian consortium completed a £400million purchase of the London landmark.

Two million flee monsoon floods in Assam

The worst monsoon floods in a decade to hit a remote Indian state have killed more than 80 people and forced around two million to leave their homes.

New law means French drivers must carry breathalyser kits in their vehicles

New motoring laws have come into force in France making it compulsory for drivers to carry breathalyser kits in their vehicles.

People lining the river bank wave British Union flags

Diamond Jubilee: Flag-waving, bunting and street parties from Padstow to Polynesia

From Thurso to Truro, communities came together yesterday in a riot of bunting and Union Flags despite the rain and overcast skies. An estimated six million people sat down to tens of thousands of jubilee-themed lunches across the UK, with 10,000 alone partying in Greenwich.

Leading article: Questions for Mr Blair to address

An appearance at the Leveson Inquiry holds fewer obvious pitfalls for Tony Blair than his grilling by members of the Iraq inquiry. But the answers given by the former Prime Minister today should prise open the window a crack further on his government's relations with the media, and with one media baron in particular.

Jake Williams is the enigmatic, real-life subject of Ben Rivers' film, more of a poem than a portrait

Two Years at Sea, Ben Rivers, 88 mins (U)

This black-and-white documentary, following the doings and dreamings of a recluse in the Cairngorms, is almost wordless – and is quietly extraordinary

Natural wonder: Victoria Falls

Where's hot: Victoria Falls, Zambia

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?
Season's finale brings the end of an era for top coaches and players across the continent

The end of an era across the continent

It's time to say farewell to Klopp, Clement, Casillas and Xavi this weekend as they move on to pastures new, reports Pete Jenson
Bin Laden documents released: Papers reveal his obsession with attacking the US and how his failure to keep up with modern jihad led to Isis

'Focus on killing American people'

Released Bin Laden documents reveal obsession with attacking United States
Life hacks: The innovations of volunteers and medical workers are helping Medécins Sans Frontières save people around the world

Medécins Sans Frontières's life hacks

The innovations of volunteers and medical workers around the world are helping the charity save people
Ireland's same-sex marriage vote: As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?

Same-sex marriage

As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?
The underworld is going freelance: Why The Godfather's Mafia model is no longer viable

The Mafia is going freelance

Why the underworld model depicted in The Godfather is no longer viable