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Police in Quebec say a fire at a seniors' residence in Quebec has left eight dead and 24 missing.

The Card, By Graham Rawle. Atlantic £16.99

Eccentrics are compelling, and the narrator of Graham Rawle's second novel, set in 1997, is no exception. Fixated on random patterns, Riley adheres to odd routines, avidly collecting cards and eating food that alliterates. Pork, parsnips and potatoes are allowed, but are unappetisingly dry, as gravy starts with a different letter. He is an avid seeker of celebrities, exaggerating every insignificant encounter with cheesy Z-list stars of yesteryear, and boasts about his (distant) family connection to Barry Manilow.

Pearson to fund '$3 a month' private schools

The education giant Pearson will today launch a $15m (£10m) fund that will invest in low-cost private schools in Africa and Asia, offering lessons for as little as $3 a month per pupil.

Felda Global flourishes in flotation

The Malaysian palm oil firm, Felda Global, surged 20 per cent in its trading debut in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, as investors cheered on the world's second-largest initial public offering (IPO) after Facebook's botched float and the company pledged stronger profits in the coming months.

All that glitters: Barry Mero at his north London HQ

Barry Mero: Dial M for make-up

Barry Mero has been wowing women with his reasonably priced and unashamedly sparkly beautyproducts for years. Rebecca Gonsalves meets him

Kevyn Aucoin Eyebrow Definer Pencil, £19, spacenk.com

How To Be Beautiful: Eyebrow grooming

The news, trumpeted with increasing volume over recent seasons, that fuller brows are back may have had you feeling, by turns, confused, relieved and slightly afraid. 

Boots seeks deal with Budgens

Alliance Boots, the high street chemist that is selling nearly half the company to the US firm Walgreens, is in talks with the group behind the grocer Budgens about stocking its food products in Boots' outlets.

Jean de Villiers will captain South Africa for the rest of the year

Heyneke Meyer seeks Springbok continuity

Just as Stuart Lancaster was thinking his way through the most challenging team selection of his short career as England head coach – should he commit to wholesale changes in his back row for Saturday's third and final meeting with South Africa while also tinkering with his tight unit and his combination out wide? – the Springbok hierarchy were crystal clear about the immediate way ahead.

The 10 Best waterproof make-up

In the pool or the lashing rain - this summer more than most there’s a need for a beauty bag of resilient products

How to be beautiful: Bronzing basics

What is bronzer for, exactly? Although the clue may be in the name, it doesn't supply the full story. After all, it doesn't tell you which bits of your face you should be bronzing with it.

Jeremy Laurance: 'Plague' still has the power to terrify

There is no word in the English language with the emotional impact of "plague". It conveys death on a biblical scale, populations in flight and a world frozen in fear. Yet Yersinia pestis, its cause, is a modest bacterium. It may once have ravaged Europe but today it does not figure among the true global killers.

WH Smith shrugs off high street woes and hands back £36m

WH Smith has again cheered investors by delivering growth in margins and an improved sales performance despite the dire trading conditions on the high street.

England striker Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck looking for England to build on France draw

England forward Danny Welbeck is aware the team need to build on their draw with France as they prepare for their next Euro 2012 group match against Sweden.

Former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber wins Arizona election

A US congressional aide who almost lost his life in the Arizona shooting rampage that wounded former representative Gabrielle Giffords has won a special election to fill her seat.

Hornby is ready for an Olympics boost

After two profit warnings this year the Airfix-to-Scalextric maker Hornby yesterday said sales of its toys and badges for the Olympics were really starting to take off.

Bartercard aims to create 400 new jobs

A business firm is to create 400 new jobs across the UK, targeting graduates and former military personnel.

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The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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