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When Jeremy Paxman stood on Westminster Bridge and recounted the events of 4 August, 1914, just the familiar authoritative tone of his voice made 100 years ago feel like today. He could have been reading the headlines on Newsnight.

UK weather: Ice, rain and fears of more flooding as six-week plan for flooded areas is announced by Owen Paterson

Unsettled weather looks set to continue across parts of the UK

Environmental folly: Cutting the domestic climate change budget is a mistake

The odds strongly favour more extreme weather, even if the Environment Secretary chooses to remain oblivious

Harlequins and Leicester Tigers players leave the Twickenham Stoop pitch after the game is stopped on 'health and safety grounds'

Harlequins 20 Leicester Tigers 6 match report: Match ends early as freak hailstorm hits the Twickenham Stoop sending debris onto pitch

Play was stopped on 'health and safety grounds' after Paul Sackey, Maurie Fa'asavalu and Tom Guest

Sam Warburton celebrates

Wales and British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton signs first ever Welsh Rugby Union central contract

Warburton will be released to play for Cardiff Blues at no cost and comes in a week that Alun Wyn Jones also chose to remain in Wales

Simon Read: What made the minister change his mind about the retired Britons with frozen pensions?

Regular readers will recall my articles about overseas pensioners and the anger felt by around half a million of them who have had their state pensions frozen.

'A generation of young people will never vote Conservative or Lib Dem because of this Government': Introducing the first i student debate in Cardiff

Agree? Disagree? This is your chance to have a say - right in front of the editors of i and The Independent

Lizzy Yarnold kisses her trophy after being crowned the women's skeleton world champion near Koenigssee, southern Germany

Winter Olympics 2014: Lizzy Yarnold clinches skeleton World Cup title just days out from Sochi Games

The Kent slider finishes ninth in Konigssee, enough to finish the season as champion

David Prosser: EU cash on the Horizon for innovators

The wheels of the European Commission sometimes grind slowly, but the Horizon 2020 project seems set to deliver valuable benefits to innovative small businesses in the technology and manufacturing sectors.

Leigh Halfpenny celebrates Cardiff's Amlin Challenge Cup final win over Toulon in 2010

Gloom for Cardiff Blues as Leigh Halfpenny completes his move to Toulon

The full-back has scored over 350 points for Wales

England succumbed to a 26-run defeat in the second ODI against Australia but hold a 8-2 lead in the Ashes series

Women's Ashes 2014: England miss chance to secure series as debutant Nicole Bolton gives Australia 26-run victory

England lead the series 8-2 and could retain the Ashes in the third ODI in Hobart on Sunday

Stuart Lancaster says England have not been scarred by their heavy defeat at the hands of Wales in last year’s title decider

Six Nations 2014: England possess the belief to end title drought, says Stuart Lancaster

The French can talk a brilliant game, especially when England loom large on their horizon. "It's a mythical match for us," said Pascal Papé of Stade Francais, the new captain of Les Bleus, "and losing is not an option." Then came the coach, Philippe Saint-André, and his assertion that in Paris a week on Saturday, his side would "not start with the starter but begin with the main course, with roast beef straight away". When it comes to the word play, Stuart Lancaster and company struggle to keep pace.

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