News Gerard is one of the younger residents of James Turner Street in Winson Green

The West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner has been a James Turner Street landlady for almost 12 years

Italians recruit bats to take sting out of summer

Italians are turning to one of nature's most misunderstood creatures to save them from the mosquitoes which plaque the country in the summer months.

England 'one of the most child-unfriendly places in the world'

England is one of the most child unfriendly countries in the world, the nation's first-ever children's commissioner has warned as he prepares to step down from the post.

Sophie Morris: Thousands who come in search of a hero

Buenos Aires Notebook: If there's anything the Argentinians love more than their morning maté tea, it might be a massive public gathering

Pied Piper, Barbican Theatre , London

Rat pack are calling the tune

Tim Lott: What about the violence men suffer?

We highlight one problem, while ignoring a much bigger one

Red tape halts mosquito wonder spray

Costs could prevent new repellent more effective than Deet reaching market

Hit & Run: Stars of the silver sheen

You might have heard of airbrushing and retouching, but there's another, less ubiquitous weapon in the photographers' war on flaw – solarisation. And Madonna is the latest subject to try out its perfecting powers in Louis Vuitton's autumn/winter ad campaign, shot by fashion photographer Steven Meisel.

Grace Boyle: Climate change in Kerala

Now, some members of the Rainspotting team have been curving an arc over the Northern Indian states and viewing some pretty harrowing sights: victims of Cyclone Alia crowded into refugee camps swarming with malarious mosquitoes in the east; lake beds so dry the earth has cracked open in the drought-hit west.

Dom Joly: Crawling through Canada in a snail on wheels

I am writing this in an RV park somewhere in the middle of the Canadian Rockies.

Malaria: The holiday bug with a lethal sting

The most deadly form of malaria is on the rise among travellers – yet all too many are failing to take the steps that could prevent it. City worker Andrew Wylde tells Rob Sharp his own cautionary tale

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The cause

Help the National Trust preserve the Giant's Causeway, off the coast of Northern Ireland, for future generations. The new appeal hopes to raise more than £2m towards its upkeep. To donate or adopt a virtual stone, go to agiantcause.com.

Mosquito evolves into threat to Galapagos wildlife

Fears that insect could spread disease to islands' rare indigenous animals

Breakthrough in fight against malaria

Killer bites are caused by older insects – so scientists have developed a pesticide that attacks only them

The Dolphin People, By Torsten Krol

The Dolphin People is a great big tidal wave of a book that will pick you up and whisk you along for the two or three days that it takes to read. You'll read it in bed, at breakfast and on the bus.

Dengue fever epidemic hits Queensland resort

The popular holiday destination of north Queensland has been gripped by an epidemic of dengue fever, the debilitating and sometimes fatal disease more usually associated with Third World countries.

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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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