News A man sits under the sun at the Centenario park in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The mercury rose to 45C in northern provinces of the country

A forlorn Stuart Broad, while Amla gallops towards yet another century

Errors set to hand match, series and No 1 ranking to South Africa

Gradually, inexorably, the match, the series and the status slipped through England's hands yesterday. Some time today, barring a resplendent and historic batting performance, South Africa will win the fourth Test and the rubber 2-0, becoming the world's top-ranked side.

Dr James Hansen links extreme weather to global warming

Recent extreme heatwaves 'a result of global warming'

Severe summer heat caused by humans not natural events, says Nasa scientist

Heatwaves are proof of global warming, says Nasa scientist

The relentless, weather-gone-crazy heat that has blistered the United States and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare it cannot be anything but man-made global warming, a top Nasa scientist says.

Wet spring devastates butterfly population

Populations of Britain's common garden butterflies appear to have collapsed this summer in the aftermath of the record spring rainfall, scientists are warning.

Jane Merrick: The Emperor's New Clothes (29/07/12)

They are designed to soothe, but a neighbour's wind chimes have got our writer running for the scissors

Britain set to bask in more sunshine

Britain is set to bask in more sunshine and high temperatures in the coming days as the London 2012 Olympic countdown reaches its climax.

Female British Army personnel arrive to patrol the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London

Troop influx patches up security… now for the travel crisis

Trains unable to stop at main Games station as wrong kind of weather leaves cables overheated

Hottest day of the year recorded in the UK

It is officially the hottest day of the year so far after the mercury rose close to 30C (86F).

Summer finally arrives as Britain basks in scorching sun and soaring temperatures

Weeks of downpours will be replaced by scorching weather in England and Wales today, as forecasters predict temperatures could reach 30C.

Temperatures across US cool after heatwave kills dozens

The heat that blanketed much of the US and left at least 46 people dead will begin easing up this week as temperatures approach normal from the Midwest to the East Coast.

UK winemakers drown sorrows as rain falls

The next 10 days will be crucial in determining what quality of grape harvest will be produced this year, according to English winemakers.

European 'monsoon season' theories dismissed despite June following April as one of the wettest months on record

June is set to follow April as one of the wettest months on record in the UK, new Met Office figures show, confirming that the spring and early summer period of 2012 has been one of the most miserable ever.

The Afghan Whigs, Alexandra Palace, London
Daley, Jazz Cafe, London

Under the funk and the fuzz, there's a devil trying to get out

A cold dip in hot weather could kill you, say experts

Plunging into cold water during hot weather can cause heart attacks even in young, fit and healthy individuals, according to new research.

Mini-heatwave sparks warnings over river safety

The death of a teenager in the Thames prompted a warning of the dangers of cooling off in rivers as the UK's mini-heatwave continued.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee