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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

People watch and photograph enormous waves as they break on Porthcawl harbour

UK weather: Rain and flood warnings extended after 'Winter Storm Hercules' brings 27ft waves to Land's End and flood sirens in Dorset

Met Office severe weather warnings now in place for Thursday morning

Fatale attraction: Brigitte Bardot in her youth

Do we really want to be French?

As yet another book lauds women across the Channel, Gillian Orr looks at the truth behind Madame Parfaite: extreme dieting and fear of a pressured, fattist society

Aslef head Mick Whelan said the rail scheme would drive growth

'We need HS2': Aslef boss Mick Whelan defies Labour by backing high-speed rail link

Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have been challenged by one of Labour’s most loyal union leaders to stop treating the proposed HS2 rail scheme as a “political football” and to give Labour’s unambiguous backing to the £42bn project.

A train passes along the coast at Saltcoats in Scotland, as a combination of high tides, heavy rains and strong winds are expected to bring yet more severe flooding to many parts of the country

UK weather: Conditions set to deteriorate as storms, high tides and gale-force winds continue

Experts have warned weather conditions look set to deteriorate over the weekend as storms, high tides and gale-force winds continue to leave a trail of devastation around the UK.

Album reviews: Stephen Malkmus, '12 Years A Slave', Ed Harcourt, Stephen Ward

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks: "Wig Out at Jagbags" (Domino)

A train passes Battersea power station en route to London Victoria. Unlike on the Continent, only 58 per cent of UK railway running costs come from fares

Steamed up over rising train fares? Don't be, because the networks need the money

In this provocative essay, one railway enthusiast explains why our network is better – and better value – than ever

He spent 35 years on the run from police, but mourners attending the criminal's funeral were today asked to celebrate his life

Ronnie Biggs Funeral: The Great Train Robber’s service is a colourful affair as mourners asked not to wear black

He spent 35 years on the run from police, but mourners attending the criminal's funeral were today asked to celebrate his life

BNP leader Nick Griffin declared bankrupt: Where has all his money gone?

Surely a man on a near £1m income over five years, law degree from Cambridge and ambitions to manage the economy, should not have lost control of his purse strings?

The increase means fares are rising three times faster than wages for many commuters

Rail fare rises: Commuters take a hit as ticket prices increase three times faster than wages

Campaigners have used the latest price increase to warn that by 2018 the Government will be 'making a profit from passengers'

How Ed Miliband can harness the right's tactics to bring in a wave of left-wing populism in 2014

Simple messages must be repeated ad infinitum, hammered into the electorate’s skulls

Arms deals fixer Ziad Takieddine has been refused entry to Britain

Arms deals fixer Ziad Takieddine refused entry and returned to France

A controversial fixer for arms deals linked to an alleged corruption scandal that engulfed Nicolas Sarkozy has been refused entry to Britain.

A Eurostar train arrives at Kings Cross St Pancras

Eurostar hits 10m passenger target... But the train arrives 15 years late

Channel Tunnel rail link hits 10m milestone coinciding with 20th anniversary

Volgograd suicide bombings: Death toll 'rises to 33'

Number killed in rail station attack rises to 18 and bus bombing death toll is now 15, according to news agency

Voting for Ukip in European elections could damage economic recovery, warns Nick Clegg

The Deputy PM says that 'the Liberal Democrats are Britain's Party of In' when it comes to the EU

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