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Cash windfall reportedly took villagers two days to distribute

Escapee herd of pigs close motorway

A busy motorway had to be closed this morning after a herd of pigs escaped and ran on a carriageway.

Pet of the week: The micro pig

Who are these little porkers?

They're micro pigs, and no, your eyes do not deceive you – they really are quite wee. Unlike pigs that are bred for bangers, micro pigs are kept as loving, adorable pets who are actively encouraged to stay small, typically reaching a height of about 16 inches. We can safely say that this is one little piggy that won't be going to market.

The Diary: The Enchanted Pig, Delaroche, Sarah Palin, Ruth Padel and Spencer Tunick's 'naked' installations

When playing a pig is no fairy tale

Swine flu threatened to hamper the progress of the Royal Opera House's rehearsals of 'The Enchanted Pig', Jonathan Dove's opera for children, which opens in the Linbury Studio Theatre on 11 December.

Jeremy Laurance: Let down by the reality of swine flu

We have to explain that science deals in probabilities, not certainties

Haas struck down with swine flu

Leading German tennis player Tommy Haas has had to pull out of the Davidoff Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basle after contracting swine flu.

Swine flu hits Goulding's France plans for Kiwi test

The France coach, Bobbie Goulding, has been given permission to delay naming his side for tonight's Four Nations match with New Zealand in Toulouse partly because of an outbreak of swine flu.

Blackburn striker Roberts hit with swine flu

Jason Roberts has become the latest Blackburn player to come down with suspected swine flu.

QPR reveal swine flu cases

QPR have confirmed three of their players have been hit by swine flu this season.

Rise in swine flu cases prompts warning of tough winter for NHS

A sharp increase in the number of patients with swine flu admitted to critical care, many of them young, was highlighted by government experts yesterday as they warned the NHS faced a tough winter ahead. The number of deaths in the UK has risen to 128, more than half of them of people aged under 45. In England the number of patients in critical care has risen to 99, the highest since the pandemic began.

Two die after contracting swine flu in Scotland

Two more people have died after contracting swine flu, the Scottish Government has said.

Leading article: Better safe than sorry

Whatever happened to the swine flu pandemic? Instead of the rapidly mounting "second wave" we were warned of three weeks ago, the disease is now said to in a "slow burn", whose peak may turn out to be lower than previously thought. Critics who accused the Government months ago of crying wolf will be rubbing their hands in anticipation of being proved right. Don't be fooled by them.

Jump in number of swine flu cases

The number of swine flu cases in England has jumped in the last week, from an estimated 3,000 to 5,000, Government figures showed today.

NHS ready for swine flu surge

The NHS is preparing to deal with an expected surge in swine flu cases this winter by doubling its intensive care capacity.

Nick Young: To beat swine flu we need to show some personal responsibility

If we know a threat is likely, it is irresponsible not to prepare and take basic steps against it. And it is simple community-based efforts that are the most effective. Which is why the public response to swine flu has often been troubling.

Thomas Cook hit by swine flu as it scraps 2010 forecast

Thomas Cook says it will not hit 2010 operating profit target in challenging market
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