Man, 85, crosses Atlantic on raft

A grandfather aged 85 has sailed across the Atlantic on a raft made of pipes after 66 days at sea.

Asterix creator embroiled in family feud after sacking daughter

One of the funniest and most popular Asterix comic books tells how money and a few carefully chosen words can tear relatives and friends apart.

Dirt: The filthy reality of everyday life - in pictures

If you’re a germaphobe, it’s probably best to look away now. A major exhibition at the London-based Wellcome Collection examines the uncleanliness of human life.

Cooper Brown: Workmen

I’ve spent all day waiting in the Cooperdome for the great British workman. This is a man who sits at home watching Jeremy Kyle waiting for somebody to be in trouble.

Video: Giant sinkhole swallows up cars in US

A giant sinkhole in Wisconsin ate up a couple of parked cars following a burst water pipe.

Icy weather hits profits at RSA

More than parent RSA Insurance has reported a 14 per cent plunge in annual profits as Britain's pre-Christmas snow and extreme conditions worldwide sent weather claims soaring £255m more than normal.

Album: Charles Bradley, No Time for Dreaming (Daptone/Dunham)

Sharon Jones sings backing vocals and the Menahan Street Band provide the grooves, but something about this soul remains distinctly ordinaire.

Best European Fiction 2011, Edited by Aleksandar Hemon

Does European literature exist? Of course it does, and this collection of 41 stories proves it. The Berlin Wall is down and revolutionary vanguards of skilful translators and enlightened publishers are forging ahead towards a Europe of superlative story-telling. Dalkey Archive Press heroically forges ahead with this idea too. The editor, the Bosnian-born writer Aleksandar Hemon, calls himself "the tormented anthologist", having to select the best pieces of literature "for the charge at the frontline of contemporary fiction".

New rain hampers rescue effort in Brazil floods

A new and ominous rain began falling again today in mountain towns where mudslides and flooding killed at least 479 people, hindering rescuers' efforts to reach survivors even as relatives hauled the dead down the hills to freshly dug graves.

Sri Lanka battles floods disease threat

Health workers in Sri Lanka are battling to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases following floods which have killed at least 23 people.

Water chief's payout 'should be put on hold'

Northern Ireland Water chief Laurence MacKenzie's £96,000 farewell payout should be put on hold, it was claimed tonight.

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Burst pipe cuts water supply to thousands

Around 3,000 homes and businesses were left without water in Yorkshire yesterday after a burst on a major pipe supplying a pumping station.

Thirsty in Thirsk: 3,000 homes without water

Around 3,000 homes and businesses were left without water today after a burst on a major pipe which supplies a pumping station.

Long wait for water reconnection

It could be early next week before all Northern Ireland customers cut off from water supplies are reconnected.

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