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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

A marathon effort: 26-mile bridge opens

A bridge so long that it could host an entire marathon race has been opened between the Chinese port of Qingdao with the industrial suburb of Huangdao. It crosses Jiaozhou Bay and is the world's longest sea bridge.

To the River: A Journey Beneath The Surface, By Olivia Laing

I am haunted by waters", Olivia Laing tells us, as in this book she joins the best nature writers, becoming part of the revival begun by Richard Mabey. With it comes an inclination towards rhetorical ornament that can become self-consciously obtrusive. But not here. Laing is a brilliant wordsmith and this is a beautifully accomplished book. It recounts a walk she made, in the course of one week, tracing the path of the River Ouse in Sussex. The catalyst was a "minor crisis". The loss of job and boyfriend in quick succession proved an immediate stimulus. But this walk also engaged the depths of what she knew, and preparation for it must have begun in childhood.

Man presumed dead after ship plunge

A man was missing presumed dead today after falling overboard a cruise ship into the English Channel, officials said.

Lucien Pissarro in England, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Pissarro fils experimented with Camille's pointillism. but it was as a printer that he made his own mark

Christmas Day goes swimmingly in sun and snow

With temperatures dropping to -18C in parts of north-east England and Scotland, even the prospect of the coldest winter since 1890 was not enough to dampen the spirits of Britain's intrepid adventurers eager to mark Christmas Day.

Trio airlifted to hospital after ship fire

Three sailors were airlifted to hospital tonight after suffering smoke inhalation from a fire on board their ship.

Found after 300 years, the scourge of the British navy

Wreck found off Plymouth is identified as feared French corsair

Crew rescued after Channel ships collide

All 13 crewmen from a chemical product tanker were safely rescued today after they abandoned ship in the English Channel following a collision with a cargo vessel.

Four amputations, 13 hours – one extraordinary swim

16 years after losing all his limbs, Philippe Croizon crosses Channel

Simon Calder: Sailing by - our shrinking links with Europe

Tomorrow at midnight, the historic passenger ferry link between Dover and Boulogne will end. Already, one of the two ships that LD Lines uses for the route has been taken out of service: the Norman Bridge is expected to sail west along the length of the English Channel this weekend, then turn sharply to port around the tip of the Breton peninsula to make for the city of Nantes.

Branson aims for cross-channel record

Sir Richard Branson will attempt to set two world records today when he kite-boards across the English Channel to celebrate his 60th birthday.

‘Crocodile’ sighted in Channel was a log

A large crocodile sighted in the English Channel on Friday was actually a piece of wood, coastguards in Dover and France said yesterday.

How the booze cruise hit the Rocks

Weak pound and cut-rate offers by our supermarkets spell end to cars filled with cheap French plonk. Rob Hastings reports

Flint findings in Kent reveal new era of prehistory

Archaeologists have discovered a previously unknown epoch in British pre-history when Stone Age hunters re-entered Britain after an absence of up to 90,000 years – because of climatically induced sea-level changes which turned the English Channel into dry land.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project