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

A voter walks past a wall sprayed
with graffiti depicting Egypt's
ruling Military Council and the
Muslim Brotherhood

Front-runner attacked on way to Egypt's landmark poll

The Military Council is taking the credit for the transition to democracy, but divisions remain

Beach-goers near South Parade Pier in Portsmouth

Summertime, and the living is easy... at least until next week

After being spoilt by the Indian summer of last October, and the brief arrival of unseasonal sunshine in February, it had begun to seem as if the real thing would never arrive this year following the wettest April in years. But now those comparisons of Britain to stereotypically hot places around the world where temperatures are, for once, marginally cooler than here – the Bahamas! Hawaii! Ibiza! – can finally be brought out in force.

Ole Henrikson Ultimate lift gel, £26, feelunique.com

How To Be Beautiful: A little something to lift the eyes

Stars of Golden Age Hollywood – particularly those d'un certain age – are said to have dunked their heads in iced water prior to a day in the studio, in an attempt to temporarily undo gravity's handiwork. Fortunately, today's generation of beauty products offers similar, instantaneous effects in a more targeted manner.

Warm spell helps lift retail sales

Panic buying of petrol and unseasonably warm weather lifted retail sales figures for March today.

Superdry owner makes error in profit forecasts

Trendy clothing chain SuperGroup stunned investors today by admitting it had got its sums wrong when forecasting its performance.

JAMES ANDERSON: The England fast bowler dropped two catches on day one at Galle

Accurate Anderson first to pass the 250 mark since Botham

To be spoken of in the same breath as Brian Statham is an accolade few deserve. Statham was one of the greatest fast bowlers who ever lived. Jimmy Anderson deserves it.

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Man fined £315 for naked ramble

A man who rambled through a popular beauty spot naked except for a backpack, boots and a baseball cap has been fined £315.

Mandla Mandela with his grandfather Nelson Mandela

Mandela missing as disunity marks ANC's centenary party

The African National Congress stumbled into its second century yesterday with little rejoicing, amid a clampdown on speeches and after international dignitaries stayed away from a chaotic series of commemorative events.

Party atmosphere at Bloemfontain’s Free State Stadium for the ANC’s 100th anniversary

Disunity marks ANC centenary celebrations

The African National Congress stumbled into its second century yesterday with little rejoicing, amid a clampdown on speeches and after international dignitaries stayed away from a chaotic series of commemorative events.

Album: The Maccabees, Given to the Wild (Fiction)

It's a challenge for even the mildest-mannered Class Warrior to remember to review The Maccabees' music, not their names: Orlando, Hugo, Felix, Rupert (and Sam), but our privately schooled heroes' third album is their best yet.

Dom Joly: The Mounties always get their phone call

I've finished my expedition to the glorious Okanagan Valley in British Columbia (Canada's California, apparently) investigating Ogopogo, the monster that is supposed to inhabit Lake Okanagan. Don't worry, I haven't gone all David Icke (yet) – this is for my new book, Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, and the subject gives me an excuse to visit some pretty interesting parts of the world. Canada was probably a brave choice for a first destination as it is seen as literary Mogadon by publishers. Bill Bryson supposedly wanted to write a book about the country but his publishers recoiled in horror. I love the place – I have a Canadian wife and spend every summer there – and hope to convert as many Brits as possible to the land of the beaver.

Temperatures soar in eastern Europe

Officials in the Balkans are trying to cope with a near-record heat wave as temperatures soar across much of eastern Europe, with wildfires raging and people fainting on the streets.

Video: Dust cloud engulfs Phoenix

For the third time in a month, hot weather has whipped up thick dust storms in Arizona, cutting power lines and delaying flights.

Heatwave warning for weekend

Britain is braced for warmer weather this weekend after the Met Office warned parts of the country could be hit by a heatwave.

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