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Gardeners have a habit of going on about their planting disasters, instead of celebrating their successes, says our green-fingered correspondent...

Mitchell Johnson of Australia bats during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba

Ashes 2013-14: The Aussie Angle - Mitchell Johnson provides one of the few positives

The late coming of Mitchell Johnson – with the bat – has papered over the thick cracks that still race in all directions through the Australian top order.

Spanish court indicts former Chinese President Hu Jintao over Tibet abuse

China has denounced a decision by a Spanish criminal court to indict the former Chinese President Hu Jintao for genocide as part of an investigation into whether his government committed abuses in Tibet.

Wrangling over the final wording of the latest landmark UN report on climate change has been so intense that last-minute discussions in Stockholm are set to run to the wire.

IPCC: Intense debate over wording of landmark UN climate change report set to run to the wire

Governments around the world are exercising extreme caution ahead of tomorrow's publication

George Abboudi, 22, has not been in contact since he spoke to his family in Leeds via Skype on 5 August

Sherpas comb Himalayan foothills for missing Briton George Abboudi

22-year-iold from Brighton began trekking alone in the region on 5 August but has not been heard of since

The trip: A new 15-day trip on the Golden Eagle Danube Express departs Budapest next October for Iran. It’s the first European train tour allowed in to the country. It will also visit Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey (mircorp.com).
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle is to team up with Peep Show writers for a new Channel 4 drama

Danny Boyle to team up with Peep Show writers for Channel 4 police drama

Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle is to team up with the writers of the comedy Peep Show to make a drama show for Channel 4 on the subject of modern British policing.

Tales from the Trees: Harewood Housewoods, Leeds

Stags stalk the sun-dappled grounds of this stately home

Venus, as seen by the Magellan spacecraft, 1991

Indian army mistakes planets for 'Chinese spy drones'

Mysterious 'aircraft' were sighted 329 times hovering over a lake on the border between the two countries

Royal Marines in Lympstone, Devon, above right, joined volunteers to clear the area of the rampant Himalayan balsam

Himalayan balsam: Call the Marines! It’s an alien plant invasion

Scientists, and now the military, are battling the spread of Himalayan balsam

Protests spread across northern India after security forces shoot Muslim demonstrators

Striking and marches take place across Jammu and Kashmir region after four killed and 40 wounded

Indian civilians get ready to load relief material for flood affected victims on a helicopter at a makeshift helipad at Joshimath, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand

20 bodies found after India helicopter crashes on Uttarakhand floods rescue

Paramilitary soldiers have recovered 20 bodies from a steep hillside in northern India where a rescue helicopter crashed while attempting to evacuate people stranded in monsoon floods, the country's air force chief said.

Indian TV reporter Narayan Pargaien has faced criticism for sitting on a flood victim during a news item in order not to get wet.

Indian TV reporter defends decision to do live piece to camera from shoulders of recently rescued Uttarakhand flood victim

One could, if one were being utterly charitable to Narayan Pargaien, assume the Indian television reporter was trying to use his initiative.

An Indian man evacuvated due to rising waters searches the banks of the Yamuna River in New Delhi, where nearly 5,000 people have been evacuated

Stranded in Uttarakhand: 50,000 trapped by flooding and landslides after 'Himalayan tsunami' hits India

Fears that death toll of 150 could soar, with up to 14,000 unaccounted for

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'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
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Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
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Besiktas vs Arsenal

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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

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Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

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Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

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