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It's not the end of the world if you didn't get a room in halls - in fact, you're going to have as much fun wherever you hang your hat

Southern Water fined £200,000 over sewage leak off Margate

Southern Water has been fined £200,000 after discharging raw sewage into the sea, the Environment Agency (EA) has said.

Recovery hopes are fuelled as European car sales rev up

More encouraging signs of Europe’s economic recovery were seen yesterday as the Continent’s car manufacturers reported annual growth for only the second time this year.

Flooded streets after burst water main in Herne Hill, London

Burst main leaves pub with 60,000 litres of water in the cellar as neighbourhood floods

Massive clean-up under way after major junction was flooded to 1.5 metres

Junior Just a Minute: Radio 4's panel game has been given a youthful new makeover

Venerated host, Nicholas Parsons may be pushing 90, but the panelists on his legendary radio show just keep getting younger and younger

A packed Brighton beach last weekend

From fridges to loo seats – things we’ve left on the beach

Teams clear up anything from cigarette butts to medical waste

This photo provided by the Toledo, Ohio Fire and Rescue Department shows Pamela Knox's car at the bottom of a sinkhole caused by a broken water pipe in Toledo, Ohio

Video: The crater escape - sinkhole swallows car in Toledo, Ohio but driver freed unharmed

Pamela Knox was driving along when suddenly her car started to slip into a hole - and kept on slipping.

A man jumps over a fire that has been lit inside the stone circle as people gather for sunset at Glastonbury Festival
Cover queen Rihanna may have clocked up the publicity, but she fails to deliver the goods on stage

Simon Price on Rihanna at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium: Don't mess with the girls from the Valleys

The women of Wales turned out 65,000-strong in Cardiff and raised the roof – what a pity that Rihanna had little to bring to the party

The News Matrix: Wednesday 12 June 2013

Boyfriend denies murder of woman, 55

Wolseley’s shares dive after Europe sales dip

Investors in Wolseley were spooked by deteriorating construction markets in Europe today, despite an otherwise healthy set of third-quarter figures.

Sana Khan, 18, from East London

Record 370,000 want to join apprenticeships

With almost 1 million youngsters looking for work, every vacancy attracts 11 applications

An abandoned newborn baby cries in an incubator after he was rescued from a sewage pipe at a hospital in Jinhua, Zhejiang province

Mother of newborn Baby No 59 trapped in sewer pipe told Chinese police she 'heard crying' when she raised alarm

Police became suspicious when they found baby toys and blood-stained toilet paper in a rented apartment

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Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
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'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

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