The French are invading! 200 soldiers to land on Hampshire beach backed up by warships and helicopters

Landing is part of training operation for French Navy

Boy hit by emergency ambulance in Somerset

A boy is being treated for significant head injuries after being hit by an ambulance in Somerset as it answered a 999 call.

Keen as mustard: Combine orange, mustard and bold patterns with charcoal grey for a contemporary take on 1970s style. Orla Kiely House sofa, £2,195, heals.co.uk

iStyle: Can you dig it?

Give your home a groovy makeover with  some of  the greatest hits from the Seventies – just in time for David Bowie blasting back into orbit. By Trish Lorenz

Neil McCorkell: Hampshire cricketer from the 1930s to the 1950s

Neil McCorkell was a regular in the Hampshire cricket XI from 1932 to 1951, a quiet man of no great height who kept wicket and, for much of his career, opened the batting, a demanding combination in the six-day-a-week schedule of those years.

Editorial: Ukip shows its true colours

Nigel Farage is accused of dog whistle politics on migration. The foghorn, more like

After Eastleigh the Lib Dems still have a long way to go, but don't bet against them just yet

Inside Westminster: Clegg feels he has proved the critics wrong and allies say he is now 'absolutely secure' in his post for the 2015 election

Nothing much on: Stephen Gough is the Naked Rambler

Now naked rambler Stephen Gough is covered by a nationwide Asbo

Naked rambler Stephen Gough has been issued with an interim anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) banning him from going nude in public places.

Labour fears fourth place behind Ukip in Eastleigh by-election

Labour fears it will limp in fourth in next week’s Eastleigh by-election, dealing a blow to Ed Miliband’s efforts to project it as the “one nation” party.

Trafficker jailed for using Polish workers as slaves

A “physical and mental bully” has been jailed for six years and three months for trafficking four men to the UK and exploiting them to work as slaves.

Mourners answer call on Facebook to attend funeral of former Royal Marine

More than 200 strangers have attended the funeral of a 70-year-old former Royal Marine after a vicar put out a plea on Facebook amid fears that he would be buried without mourners.

The Sketch: Dave's at B&Q so Maria doesn't do it herself

Like a human shield, he ensured the limelight on his would-be MP was not too harsh

Thermo Fisher headquarters in Massachusetts

'Faulty' antibiotic test kits putting patients at risk, doctors told

Test kits are swabbed with sputum or urine to show patients' suitability for certain drugs

Place your bets: A woman checks the political parties’ odds in a bookmaker’s window in Eastleigh, Hampshire, yesterday

Defection mars Lib Dems' fight for Eastleigh

Former constituency chief accuses Nick Clegg of betraying NHS as he shifts to anti-reform party

Distinctive BBC radio announcers Patricia Hughes dies aged 90

One of the BBC's most distinctive radio announcers Patricia Hughes has died at the age of 90, the corporation said today.

Mike Golding has completed his third, and probably last, Vendée Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race in his 60-foot Gamesa

Briton Mike Golding completes Vendee Globe race

Golding finishes in sixth place in round the world race

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Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

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From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
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Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
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Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

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UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power