News Governor Chris Christie cannot ignore the impact of ‘Bridgegate’

Lying low as the lane closure storm blows all about him hasn’t really been an option for New Jersey’s Chris Christie, least of all today. His diary said “State of the State”, the speech every Governor must give at the start of each year just as the President must give the State of the Union. There was no ducking it. 

Album: The Duke & The King, Nothing Gold Can Stay (Loose)

This rootsy debut from The Duke & The King takes its own sweet time in ruminating on the past, which I suppose is only right and proper.

Driver injured as dockyard crane topples

A crane driver was seriously injured today when the vehicle "toppled over" as it loaded a ship.

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Five chic seaside rentals

Get the most from Britain's coast at one of these sophisticated waterside retreats.

Inquiry launched into North Sea helicopter crash

Investigations were under way today after 18 people survived when a helicopter ditched into the water near a North Sea platform.

Ancient Greek vessel docks for Pompey refit

The most complete ancient Greek ship ever found – which is being painstakingly pieced back together by marine archaeology experts in Portsmouth – is shown here as it would probably have looked when it sailed around the Greek islands at the time of Homer.

Port workers to strike

Hundreds of workers at one of the country's busiest ports are to stage a fresh round of strikes in a row over the outsourcing of jobs.

Scientists hail breakthrough images of star

Astronomers have taken direct images of a three-planet solar system around a distant star, using a revolutionary technique that may one day lead to the discovery of an Earth-like planet that can harbour life.

Thompson fired with new hope

Heading west on a voyage of hope and discovery, Brian Thompson, one of Britain's senior offshore sailors, hopes to put six months of frustration behind him on Sunday as he leaves Portsmouth Harbour.

Rügen: German island's 'white cliffs' collapsing into the sea

The towering chalk cliffs that form the spectacular coastline of the Baltic holiday island of Rügen have been immortalised by 19th- century Romantic painters and are Germany's equivalent of the white cliffs of Dover – but now they are collapsing into the sea.

Port down to its last fishing boat

One of the UK's most famous fishing ports is down to its last boat.

Paperback: A Good School, by Richard Yates

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Sydney: Capital of the Southern Hemisphere

News that their city is the capital of the southern hemisphere will leave most Sydneysiders unmoved. As far as they are concerned, Sydney is the best place on earth, end of story. Many visitors agree not surprisingly, given Sydney's unique combination of attributes: a warm, sunny climate, a thriving cultural and nightlife scene, an embarrassment of high-quality, affordable restaurants, dozens of beaches that rank among the world's finest, a laid-back urban vibe, and the unrivalled natural backdrop of the harbour.

The souvenir you can live without

A trip to exotic climes means downing unusual delicacies. Mark MacKenzie meets the people who see that stomach upsets are not on the menu too
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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

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How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

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The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

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