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 two servicemen are thought to have died in a challenging training regime near the Storey Arms Centre in Brecon Beacons, amid some of the hottest weather of 2013 with temperatures as high as 29.5C

Brecon Beacons deaths: One of the TA servicemen who died 'from heat exhaustion' on hottest day of year during training exercise has been named by MoD

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts’s death is confirmed as a third serviceman remains in hospital

Chancellor George Osborne

George Osborne will be forced to cut NHS and pension budgets, think tank warns

Chancellor George Osborne will be forced to abandon the Government ring fence-around the NHS and pension budgets and further cut public spending if he is to keep pledge not to raise taxes after the 2015 election, a leading think tank has said.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shout slogans and clash with riot police

'This will lead us back to square one': Muslim Brotherhood rejects plans for Egypt elections laid out by interim president Adly Mansour

Senior officials from Egypt’s ousted Muslim Brotherhood party have formally rejected plans laid out by interim president Adly Mansour for fresh elections next year.

Premiership backs proposal for globally integrated rugby season

IRPA proposals given approval

One million homes for rent needed by 2021

Almost a million affordable rental homes are needed by 2021 if England is to stave off a homelessness crisis, a study from Cambridge University has found.

Kay Mellor threatens boycott of Royal Television Society awards and offers to return lifetime achievement accolade

Top screenwriter Kay Mellor has offered to return a lifetime achievement award to the Royal Television Society after being snubbed at its Yorkshire awards ceremony for the second year in a row.

The actress Tilda Swinton has posed on Red Square with a rainbow flag in an act of support for Russia’s beleaguered gay community

Russia a regime of 'scumbags', says opposition leader

Russia’s most prominent opposition leader described the country’s government as a regime of “scumbags” today in impassioned final words to a provincial court that could jail him for up to six years.

‘I am old and sick’: Belgian King Albert II to abdicate in favour of son Prince Philippe

Belgium’s 79-year-old King Albert has announced that he would abdicate in favour of his son, Prince Philippe, in a surprise address to the nation that comes weeks after a woman claiming to be his daughter launched court proceedings to prove her paternity.

A M Homes combines delicious black humour and sharp characterisation

Paperback review: May We Be Forgiven, By A M Homes

America, but with humour and panache

Stella Creasy: A cap on the cost of credit will curb the loan sharks

It's time to end the myth that there are a few bad apples and recognise that the way the entire industry works is causing problems for millions of British consumers. Legal loan sharks have been able to rack up huge profits on the back of consumers struggling with the rising cost of living and a regulator without teeth, with five years of talk resulting in no action.

Editorial: The high price of payday loans

It is better to have lending in the legal economy than drive it into the criminal underworld
British theatre producer David Cecil waving from a court cell at the Makindye Court on September 13, 2012 in Kampala, after being arrested for staging a play about a gay man despite a temporary ban by the country's media authorities

Thrown out of Africa for staging a gay play – but desperate to return again

A British film producer deported to the UK is fighting to get back to his family in Uganda

Prince Charles employs a retinue of 125 official staff

Prince Charles gets a £700,000 pay rise as Duchy of Cornwall earnings hit £19m

Heir to throne ‘chooses to spend’ half his after-tax income on charitable work

Spending Review: Wait for benefits could backfire, warns Tory ally

Bright Blue, a think-tank which supports David Cameron’s drive to rid the Conservatives of their 'nasty party' image, warns Government’s latest crackdown could damage party

Mobile phone revolution begins in Burma

Burma has granted licences to Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo to set up the country’s first foreign-owned mobile phone networks.

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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
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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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
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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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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

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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

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

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