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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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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project