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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Divers help in river search for missing eight-year-old boy

Police divers were today helping in the continuing search for an eight-year-old boy who fell into a swollen river while playing with friends.

Big One Rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

World records: When life is – literally – a rollercoaster ride

Richard Rodriguez must have a strong stomach. The American rollercoaster enthusiast announced yesterday that he'd be attempting to ride the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach for 102 days – from 31 May to mid-September.

Rain fails to alleviate drought

This week's heavy rain has not alleviated the drought gripping swathes of the country, the Environment Agency said today.

Album: Eric Whitacre, Water Night (Decca)

Water Night demonstrates the wider compositional abilities of American choral wunderkind Eric Whitacre, incorporating orchestral pieces alongside choral favourites such as "Her Sacred Spirit Soars".

Tipping point: I win the 25km open water swim in Shanghai last year
Jarno Smeets in full 'flight'

News to get in a flap about

It was a shaky video of such an astonishing feat that it was hard to imagine it wasn’t an act of computer-generated viral marketing. In a clip that had been viewed more than a million times by last night, a Dutch hobbyist appeared to have succeeded where Da Vinci and generations of dreamers had failed – and flown like a bird.

West Beach in Newhaven failed to make the grade, but other beaches could gain village green status

When is a beach not a beach? When it's a village green...

Naming technicality in legal test case may give public the right to use 'private' coastlines

P&O receives £150m cross-Channel ferry

P&O Ferries has taken delivery of a new £150 million ship set for service in one of the world's busiest waterways.

HMS Victory to be raised from the sea

The remains of the first HMS Victory are to be raised from the sea bed nearly 300 years after it sank, it was reported today.

70-year-old oldest to swim the English Channel

A retired breast cancer surgeon achieved his ambition of becoming the oldest person to swim the English Channel today.

Pensioner in bid to break Channel swim record

A 70-year-old retired breast cancer surgeon hopes to become the oldest person to swim the English Channel.

Competitors prepare for a race with a fearsome reputation

Fastnet Race Preview

Lost at sea – the £1bn of wasted cod

Almost £1bn worth of North Sea cod has been discarded by UK fishing vessels since 1963.

Anglers rescued after boat capsizes in English Channel

Three anglers had to be rescued this morning after their fishing boat capsized and sank in the English Channel.

A Day That Shook The World: First hovercraft run

On 25 July 1959, the fiftieth anniversary of Louis Blériot's successful flight across the English Channel, a totally new form of transport made its own first crossing of the Channel - the hovercraft.

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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living