News A man in Kenya has woken up in a morgue after he was pronounced dead

The man's family had started making funeral arrangements when he awoke

Food for thought: Claudia O’Doherty, comedian

Claudia O’Doherty is a Foster’s Award-nominated stand- up touring the UK as part of The Invisible Dot’s New Wave tour. She tells Charlotte Cripps about her current reading, watching and listening

Although hunting with dogs is banned in England and Wales, an exception is made for pest control purposes

David Cameron reignites row over fox hunting as PM backs move to ease ban

Critics claim new plans from countryside campaigners will bring hunting in 'through the back door'

Simon Read: Councils must not make a profit from residents

One in three councils raises more money from parking and other domestic charges than they get through council tax. That startling fact was revealed this week by the Audit Commission.

A Swedish pest control company has confirmed the discovery of sewer rats with an immunity to commonly used anti-rodent poisons. 

Poison-resistant sewer rats discovered in four Swedish cities

A Swedish pest control company has confirmed the discovery of sewer rats with an immunity to commonly used anti-rodent poisons. 

Black Death returns: Herder dies of bubonic plague in Kyrgyzstan after being bitten by infected flea

Death of Temir Issakunov is the first case of bubonic plague in the country for over 30 years

Dog donates blood to save life of cat that had eaten rat poison

Domesticated double-act take nonconformist stance to inter-species relations

Asha Devi, her daughter Savita and other sick children

Indian police arrest head teacher over poisoned school meals which killed 23 children in Bihar

Forensic tests revealed that the food contained toxic levels of a deadly pesticide

Love blooms: Aldo Di Toro as Nemorino and Sarah Tynan as Adina in L’elisir d’amore

Classical review: L'elisir d'amore - Plant-food and pesticide make a knock-out elixir

Holland Park's Donizetti is set on an industrial farm and its hero wears a boiler suit, but the warmth of the singing still melts hearts

John Chapple, chairman of the London Beekeepers' Association, installs a beehive in a rooftop garden in Hackney, north London

Urgent review launched into bee population decline

The Government is launching an “urgent and comprehensive” review of why bees are declining and what is being done to help them.

A bee can absorb pesticides from plants and carry the poison back to its hive

Leading UK scientists sting back over criticism of research into bee deaths

Leading UK scientists accused the Government of abusing science today after the EU strongly criticised the research it used to justify its position on the nerve agent pesticides widely linked to declining bee populations.

Body of suspected burglar Kevin Gough found in chimney of solicitors firm in Derby

Kevin Gough was discovered when staff at Moody and Woolley Solicitors raised concerns about an unpleasant smell and flies in their office

Bee campaigners protest in Parliament Square

Exclusive: Pesticides ban makes it a triple whammy for farmers

EU action on bees comes on top of huge losses and the coldest March for 50 years

Two girls killed by poisoned yoghurt 'planted outside nursery by head teacher of rival school'

Two young girls have died after eating poisoned yoghurt allegedly placed outside their nursery by the head teacher of a rival school in China.

Rentokil ditches City Link ‘problem child’ for just £1

Rentokil Initial today ended five turbulent years of large losses at its “problem child” parcels division City Link by selling the 44-year-old business for less than the cost of sending a package across London.

25 workers taken to hospital after eating sandwiches laced with rat poison at German factory

Twenty-five workers from a German factory reportedly been sent to hospital after eating sandwiches laced with rat poison.

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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