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Cash windfall reportedly took villagers two days to distribute

China is cloning pigs on 'an industrial scale'

Beijing Genomics Institute is producing 500 cloned pigs per year

Tudor Monastery Farm Christmas, BBC2 - TV review

An opportunity to feel satisfied with your festive lot was provided by Tudor Monastery Farm Christmas, a seasonal special of BBC2's living history series, which gave us the lowdown on how a Tudor farmstead would have celebrated. On the one hand, they did get a whole 12 days off work – the luxury! – for a festive period which began on 25 December and extended well into January. On the other hand, the partying was preceded by Advent's four weeks of fasting and back-breaking toil.

Giant rampaging pig smashes through fence and breaks a pensioner’s leg and wrist in Devon woodlands

The angry 600lb boar attacked a 74-year-old woman who was out feeding her friend’s animals

Despite being home to half the world's pigs – and the largest consumers of pork in the world - the authorities in Beijing are concerned about the quality of their stock

Britain to export pig semen to China in £45m trade deal

Plan is for UK boars to improve Chinese pigs' genetic make-up

Lunch on a stick: Pig's offal skewers

Mark Hix recipe: Pig's offal skewers

Serves 4 as a starter or more as a party snack

Pressed pigs' ears - as close as it gets to turning a sow's ear into a silk purse

Mark Hix recipe: Pressed pigs' ears

Serves 8-10

Fare trade: Moor market sells local foods

Grub street: the Borough Market of the North?

The first new city-centre market for 10 years has just opened in Sheffield. Locals hope it will turn the area into the Borough Market of the North, says Jonathan Brown

Fugitive pigs found 'safe and fat' after month on the run in Lancashire

Three saddleback sows had escaped from woodland pen, but one had remained behind

Five-minute memoir: Christobel Kent recalls a hellish car journey that went from bad to worse

'I looked at the headlines. My world, already teetering, totally caved in'

Tesco in trouble over pork mislabelling

Tesco has become embroiled in another mislabelling scandal after the retailer was found selling Dutch pork labelled as British.

Boozy feral pig steals beer, gets drunk and starts fight with a cow

Belligerent porker went on bender after drinking three six-packs of beer

The practice improves the pig's diet at the same time as reducing the volume of acorns available for cattle and ponies which can poison them

Happy as a pig in acorns: Nature 'fights back' with a bumper wild-fruit crop, the reward for enduring last year's heavy rain

Hundreds of pigs will begin feasting on fallen acorns in the New Forest tomorrow as the ancient pannage season kicks off for another year.

Review: MaddAddam, By Margaret Atwood

With this tense tale of pandemic, giant pigs, and survival, is the final part of Margaret Atwood's trilogy obliquely surveying her own legacy?

Postcard from... Brussels

Beagle: a zippy little restaurant with a short unencumbered menu and snappy attentive staff

On the Menu: Aubergine with chickpea and labnah; Trongs; Joseph Joseph; Percy Pigs; Moet champagne

This week I've been eating...Aubergine with chickpea and labnah

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

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Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

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