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Group splits up as animals flee, with four taking the odd decision to just stand still in the path of the snow

Tippy the Fainting Squirrel becomes YouTube star as video of cute collapsing rodent goes viral

Thousands of fans attempt to diagnose bizarre condition

Goat's cheese crisis: Industry experts warn of shortage across the UK

Low supply and an increase in demand could see the price of goat's cheese hiked up this winter

Models wear creations for Belgian fashion house Dries van Noten's ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2014 collection

Diversity, dichotomy and divisive dressing – that’s what Paris Fashion Week is all about

Prints clashed on the Dries Van Noten catwalk, while Rochas’s pastels glittered

The Weekend’s Viewing: Subtitles should stop no one warming to this compelling Italian

The Young Montalbano, Sat, BBC4 // Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival, Sun, BBC1

Beowulf is depicted in his battle against Grendel

Feasting and fighting: the long-lost secrets of Beowulf

Archaeologists in Denmark have excavated the sixth-century great dining hall at the centre of the epic work

Criminal investigation opened into snake strangling of two Canadian boys

Police said the African rock python was being kept in the same apartment where the children were sleeping, possibly without a permit

After a weird week – that’s a wrap

It’s been the final week of filming for Fool Britannia (part deux) and I can’t remember having had a stranger one for a long time.

More than a million GM mice were created in Britain last year

Revealed: Ordinary laboratory animals are outnumbered by GM counterparts for first time

'These represent the next generation of tools to understand complex conditions' says one researcher

The lonesome pines: a third of conifer species put on endangered list

More than a third of the world’s conifer species are threatened with extinction as a result of urbanisation, logging, disease and feral goats, according to an alarming new report.

The Shed, 122 Palace Gardens Terrace, London

Amol Rajan finds brotherly love at a new family-run restaurant in west London

The junior showman competition

Racing ferrets, pygmy goats and Britain’s finest beasts: Its the 150th Royal Bath & West show

After a ropey year for British agriculture, with a soggy summer and long winter leaving many farmers empty of pocket and heavy under the eyes, this week brings relief: the 150th Royal Bath & West.

WHO warns that deadly new coronavirus could be passed from person to person

The virus is known to cause pneumonia and sometimes kidney failure

Raw power: Mark Hix switches off the cooker

Not everything requires hours of slaving over a hot stove, says our resident man in the kitchen – some dishes are best served cold.

Postcard from... Brussels

Belgians living in areas completely isolated due to the bubonic plague can finally breathe a sigh of relief: soon they will be able to get online and petition to have a law banning them from writing a will struck down.

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