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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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Scientists develop mechanical spring-loaded leg brace to improve walking

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Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head

Hack Circus: Technology, art and learning

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
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Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now

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Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

The former player on how she is finding time to coach both Manchester Thunder in the Superleague and England in this year's World Cup
General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

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Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

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The ethics of pet food

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