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

Brown targets terror fund charities

The Chancellor Gordon Brown announced a new crackdown on terrorist financing today, targeting "dubious" charities used to transfer funds for terrorist groups.

Botanist turns matchmaker to save the wild asparagus

Wanted: matchmaker for the delicate task of introducing a lonely female to the opposite sex. Agility with tweezers and magnifying glass an advantage.

A taste of Germany

Germans may know how to kick a ball, but what do they know about eating and drinking? On the eve of the World Cup, Olly Smith finds there's more to the Teutonic table than bratwurst, lager and Liebfraumilch

Brian Viner; Country Life

LETTER: Short measure

Sir: My father, a dairy farmer, has always worn shorts throughout the year because, he says, legs are easier to wash than trousers. Our local pest controller also wears shorts in winter to stop rats from running up his legs. Global warming is not the cause of every strange phenomenon.

City doubts Rentokil disposals will go ahead

Rentokil shares fell yesterday on the growing expectation that the support services company will not announce a significant disposals programme next week.

Wilde ousted as chief executive of Rentokil

The chief executive of Rentokil followed its chairman out of the door yesterday, completing a clean sweep of the top management at the pest control to tropical plants group.

Investment Column: Polished performance for Reckitt

Positive news keeps Stagecoach steady; Public sector still provides a solid base for Tribal
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After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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