It remains nothing more than a dot on the rugby horizon – the 2015 World Cup, that is – and pretty much anything could happen in the 664 days between here and there. The club-versus-union conflict could send the whole of the European game into meltdown (perfectly possible); New Zealand could hit a bad patch (it has to happen sometime, surely); the Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie could decide that his predecessor was right all along and chuck Quade Cooper out on his ear (barely conceivable on latest evidence, admittedly).
The satellite has been in operation since March 2009, with its re-entry planned for by scientists and described as only a "small fraction" of annual pace debris
Debris from the European Space Agency spacecraft is most likely to fall harmlessly in oceans
A mass evacuation saved thousands of people from India’s fiercest cyclone in 14 years, but aid workers warned a million would need help after their homes and livelihoods were destroyed.
Kiribati man begs New Zealand court to let him stay as there is ‘no future’ with rising seas
Via the Northern Sea Route, ships can make the journey in 35 days, instead of the usual 48
I first came to Edinburgh when I was 18 to serve on the Perrier Awards panel, and was inspired to try stand-up myself. In the intervening 22 years the press initially dubbed me a a 'fresh face', then 'a rising star', then an 'established name'. This year I was described as a 'permanent fringe fixture'. Like the rain, the sweaty venues and the panpipe players outside Waverley station, I have become part of the festival furniture.
Senior minister from the collection of low-lying coral atolls in the north Pacific says the end of this century will spell 'the end of my country and many others like it'
Climate change may be intensifying the natural cycle and may prolong it, says expert, but it is too early to say
AUSTRALIA V SRI LANKA
South Africa 230-6 (Ingram 73); West Indies 190-6 (Samuels 48) Match tied (D/L method)
Jairo Mora Sandoval, 26, died just weeks after posting a Facebook plea for police help with turtle-egg thieves
Around 10 million people each year are currently affected by coastal flooding and this number is likely to triple as more and more people migrate to coastal regions.
Jimmy Savile could have sexually abused treble the number of victims who have come forward so far, the former head of the investigation into his crimes has reportedly said.
Jesus “Chuy” Silva Jr was one of the top riders on the world professional bodyboarding tour, representing not only himself but his native Mexico. He helped popularise the sport – once better-known as boogie-boarding – around the world, and not least in his home town of Puerto Escondido on Mexico's Pacific coast.
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