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Flash floods kills at least 15 in Japan

Heavy rain has triggered flash floods and mudslides in southern Japan, causing at least 15 deaths and leaving 18 more people missing.

Warnings did not reach people before floods, says Russian minister

Authorities failed to properly warn residents in the Black Sea region of floods that killed at least 171 people and left others scrambling for safety, Russia's emergencies minister acknowledged today.

Reprieve as dry weekend predicted

Flood-hit areas of Britain can expect a reprieve from recent heavy downpours after forecasters predicted a dry weekend for most of the country.

John Walsh: How Danish squid with green strawberries won first place once again

What are the qualities that, for the third year running, have put a former salted-herring warehouse on the Copenhagen waterfront at the top of the world's best restaurants?

Peru to investigate mass pelican die-off in dolphin death area

Peru's oceanographic agency says it will investigate the deaths of hundreds of pelicans on northern beaches where nearly 900 dolphins were recently found dead.

New deal: Aneesh Kapil is a genuine all-round prospect at Worcestershire

Kapil looks one to watch as he turns on the style

Nottinghamshire 243 & 88-2 Worcestershire 157 (Nottinghamshire lead by 174 runs)

Homes in Lancaster, Texas lay destroyed by a tornado

12 hurt as tornadoes wreck homes in Texas

Tornadoes hit Texas yesterday, destroying a wing of a nursing home, peeling roofs from dozens of homes and sending lorry trailers into the air.

UK expected to be warmer than Spain, Italy and Greece this weekend

The official arrival of British Summer Time will this year be heralded not only by lost sleep but also by soaring temperatures as the unseasonably good weather looks set to continue into next week.

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North grinds to a halt as winter comes storming in

Weather red alert as 165mph winds damage buildings and flooding brings chaos to roads

Earthquake strikes off Indonesian coast

A strong earthquake has hit waters off eastern Indonesia, according to geological agencies - although there is thought to be no threat of a tsunami.

Bermuda braced for Tropical Storm Gert

Residents of Bermuda were today hauling their boats on to beaches and shuttering their homes as Tropical Storm Gert nears the archipelago.

200,000 evacuated as China braces for Typhoon Muifa

Chinese authorities evacuated more than 200,000 residents from eastern Zhejiang province and cancelled more than 200 flights, as the region braced itself for a typhoon that could be the worst in the area in years.

Simon Calder: Concorde's second cousin, once removed

The man who pays his way

Come rain or shine, they keep on forecasting

It's 150 years since the first public weather report. Paul Bignell and Matt Thomas mark a stormy history
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London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

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Apple still the coolest brand

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

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