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More than 250 rescue workers attempt to save an estimated 40 others whose homes fell apart while they slept

Letter: Farmer defies the feudal hunt

Sir: Lord Monsoon does us a favour (letter, 17 July) by drawing our attention to the slaughter of birds for entertainment. No doubt there would be greater public outrage if this "sport" were more visible, not pursued on private estates and moors closed to the public in season.

Books: Independent choice - Short stories

Pick of the week: The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant

Cricket: Damp has its day

Lancashire 506 Durham 201-6 Match drawn

Books: Tales from the Land of Zanj

William Dalrymple investigates the spice trade

Waiting for a toy train by a misty mountain tea garden

Tim McGirk takes a leisurely journey back in time on the Darjeeling Himalaya Railway

Heavenly scents

For many of us, a bottle of designer perfume is the only designer item we ever get our hands on. But things are beginning to change. High street fashion chains like French Connection and The Gap are muscling in on the fragrance market, and many women are choosing these own-brand perfumes over the designer alternatives. Could the days of glamorous and overpriced smells be over?

Monsoon goes for listing

Monsoon, the women's fashion retailer, is to seek a stock market listing later this summer, which will value the company at around pounds 250m.

debs in their day

meet a suitably upper-crust husband, more a few agreeable parties to pass the time before university. Sheila Johnston meets the modern-day debs

Drowning in Bangladesh

Drowning in Bangladesh

Too hot even for vultures as Delhi swelters

TIM MCGIRK

Norway stay in charge

The England women's manager, Ted Copeland, remained upbeat despite his side's 2-0 defeat by Norway in the Women's World Cup in Karlstad last night.

Trunk call to tiger land

In Nepal's Chitwan National Park, Isabel Wolff sets off on elephant back in search of the elusive Bengal tiger

South soaks and north broils in a land of extremes

Children wait for a school bus in Kottayam, in India's Kerala state, which has been battered by the monsoon, while the north stifles in heat that has killed more than 300 people.

Travel: Meatloaf with midges in the monsoon: The torrential rains and sandflies were bad enough, but New Zealand's non-stop pop music was too much for Paul Buttle

I shook my head in disbelief. The previous night it had lashed down with rain, then all through the following day it had rained on and off, and now, just as the day was drawing to a close, it was pouring harder than ever, thudding on the roof of Graham's dilapidated car as if it might tear through it. 'Graham,' I said in mounting desperation, 'this rain is monsoonal.' Graham looked somewhat hurt. He was a local, a genuine Coaster, one of the few New Zealanders mad enough to live in Westland, the west coast of South Island.

Cricket: Battle-weary Atherton takes observation post: England on their way to monsoon territory

AFTER a couple of days of rest and reflection in Trinidad, England fly off to Guyana tomorrow bearing little resemblance to the commando unit of three weeks ago. Georgetown is located on the tip of South America's northern coast and has something in common with England's confidence in that it is somewhat run down and lies below sea level.
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003