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“As if we didn't have enough to worry about with terrorists and bandits,” said one disgruntled Karachi resident. “Now we have brain-eating amoeba to contend with.” Indeed, the latest threat in the notoriously crime-ridden city is not robbery or sectarian violence, but a waterborne organism that causes a form of meningitis.

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As ever, Kele Okereke’s energies are divided between the political and the personal on Four, with agit-punk assertions like “ Coliseum” and “Kettling” and the contemptuous pillorying of political duplicity in “So He Begins to Lie” punctuated with more tenderly rendered emotional wrestling on tracks such as “Truth” and “Real Talk”.

Warm octopus salad

Warm octopus salad

Serves 4

Three-hour sex sessions with multiple partners make dumpling squid easy prey

Squid-style sex leaves cephalopods suffering from temporary muscle fatigue

Gardeners say slugs have made this year a nightmare

Slug alert! Invasion of the gastropods

Record rainfall leads to population explosion – and devastation of British gardens

Dry rivers kill rare mussels

The best site for the freshwater pearl mussel – supposedly the reason Julius Caesar invaded Britain – has been seriously damaged by low flows in the Cumbrian river.

A retailer checks a chestnut octopus caught in the water

First post-nuclear disaster seafood sold

The first seafood caught off Japan's Fukushima coastline since last year's nuclear disaster went on sale yesterday, but the offerings were limited to octopus and marine snails because of persisting fears about radiation.

A retailer checks a chestnut octopus caught in the water

Fukushima seafood on sale again

The first seafood caught off Japan's Fukushima coastline since last year's nuclear disaster went on sale yesterday, but the offerings were limited to octopus and marine snails because of persisting fears about radiation.

Ewan Irvine, Isle of Mull

Portfolio: Felix Davey

Water is not mere embellishment; it is the essence of my reverie." So says Felix Davey, a Belfast-born photographer so inspired by the sense of freedom he finds in all things aquatic that last year he was drawn to Scotland's west coast to seek out those he dubs the "Water Folk" – people for whom water is enmeshed in their lives. "These individuals' solitude and fortitude," he says, "speak of wild, beautiful places, and our place within them."

Boxing: Amir Khan ready for Danny Garcia test

Amir Khan has promised to beat Danny Garcia after his next opponent's father claimed the former world champion was overrated ahead of their July 14 meeting.

Queen scallops with bacon and wild garlic

Queen scallops with bacon and wild garlic

Serves 6-8

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Seashore salad

Serves 4

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