News Flooded fields around the River Tone seen from Windmill Hill, Somerset

… and the Met Office warns there is still more rain to come

The AA said that another 2p to 3p rise is in the pipeline from recent wholesale price increases, and a Government 2.3p fuel duty and VAT increase is due on September 1.

George Osborne promises Tories will freeze fuel duty till 2015 - if they can find way to pay for it

Chancellor battles to join 'cost of living' fight but warns battle to clear Britain's deficit is far from over

Far-right anger: Golden Dawn protest outside Athens police headquarters yesterday

Sunrise arrests for Golden Dawn: Greek police detain Neo-Nazi MP Nikos Michaloliakos and 16 others

The leader of Greece's third most popular political party was led away in handcuffs yesterday, as counterterror police launched a series of raids against the hierarchy of an extreme-right group whose popularity has been fuelled by the financial crisis.

'Racist Woman on London Tube' ranting mother cleared of racially aggravated harassment

Accountant Claire Moloney tells court 'I'm not a racist', after YouTube clip of swear-filled tirade went viral

Greenpeace took this photo of a camouflaged officer from the Russian Coast Guard pointing a gun at an activist

Russia accuses Greenpeace activists on seized ship of piracy

Protesters aboard ‘Arctic Sunrise’, including Britons, face charges

Death toll rises to 123 in Mexico following Tropical Storm Ingrid and Hurricane Manuel

59,000 people believed to have been evacuated from their homes

This ban does not bode well for Britain's multicultural future

The ruling holds wider implications for the place of Muslims in British society

Ireland officially out of recession despite domestic economy contracting

Country additionally boosted by signs of growth and improvement in shattered building and construction businesses

Afghan mine collapse kills at least 27 workers

The deaths follow a mine collapse in December in which 11 men were believed to have died

Book review: The Blunders of our Governments, By Anthony King and Ivor Crewe

The Blunders of our Governments would have been a compelling if uncomfortable read at any moment (and for any governing party) during the past half century or so. But Professor Anthony King and Sir Ivor Crewe’s analysis of the persistent incompetence of our ruling classes is especially pertinent right now. Indeed, in their postscript, they suggest that David Cameron’s administration, far from learning from his predecessors, “may turn out to be the most blunder-prone government of modern times”.

Hamish McRae: Education and financial services can give UK an edge over rivals

Economic view: The great brand names of Europe have a powerful lure throughout the emerging world
A parade of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and a mass rally in Pyongyang in celebration of the 65th anniversary of North Korea

Fisherman kidnapped by North Korea escapes back to the South after 41 years in captivity

Man captured by North Korea in 1972 has returned home after 41 years

CIA steps up delivery of arms to Syrian rebels

The CIA has been delivering light machine guns and other small arms to Syrian rebels for several weeks, a development that marks a major escalation of the US role in the civil war.

Ed Miliband addresses the TUC

TUC conference: Ed Miliband blinks first in Labour's face-off with the unions

Labour leader lavishes praise in speech at TUC conference but opposition to his reforms expected to force rethink

Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor has urged politicians to withdraw the invitation to controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi to visit the UK and 'take a principled stand'

Anish Kapoor urges MPs to cancel visit from controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi

Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor has urged politicians to withdraw the invitation to controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi to visit the UK and “take a principled stand”. The message comes as critics plan protests on Monday against one of the MPs that invited Mr Modi.

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

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Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

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The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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