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Tests have confirmed 20 people died after contracting the disease on the island

The Sketch: It's too late for Vince to be an 800lb gorilla

Oh, the cruelty of politics. Silly Vince could have been hero Vince, noble Vince, he could have been 800lb-gorilla Vince with virgins strewing themselves in his path. If only he hadn't told the little cutie he was "declaring war on Rupert Murdoch". If only she hadn't been working for a national newspaper. If only he hadn't been in charge of a careful process, if only his bosses hadn't been up to the apricots in Rupert Murdoch.

Rat immune to cancer may offer medical miracle

It might not look like it can unlock the mysteries of eternal youth and with its wrinkly pink skin, beady eyes and outsize teeth, the naked mole rat resembles a sabretoothed sausage. But the strange-looking mammal has a secret which is fascinating scientists searching for a cure for diseases of old age, particularly cancer.

Badgers: To cull or not to cull? Either way, they are not as nice as they look

Farmers want to stop the spread of TB in cattle. But Brock will fight back, says Harry Mount

Trooper Fred Smith: Soldier who helped liberate Belsen-Bergen

During a local truce on 15 April 1945 after fierce fighting along the Rhine, Trooper Fred Smith, one of Montgomery's "Desert Rats" who had fought through North Africa and later Normandy, thought he had seen all the horrors of war. Hitler's men were on the run, Smith's 7th Armoured Division were pushing towards Hamburg and Berlin and he was confident he'd soon be back in London's East End

Pack your doggy bags! It's four-legged vacation time

Restrictions on taking pets on holiday are to be relaxed. Simon Calder offers a ruff guide

Voyage to eradicate rats and save birds

Conservationists have embarked on a three-month trip to one of the remotest places on Earth in a bid to eradicate rats from a Polynesian island where they threaten to drive an endangered seabird to the edge of extinction.

Animal rights group declares war on leading health charities

Research into cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's could be set back by boycott

Life: An Exploded Diagram, By Mal Peet

Sex and imminent nuclear annihilation come alive in the tale of a boy and girl finding love – just as Kennedy and Khrushchev lock horns over Cuba

Andrew Martin: They are clean, intelligent and cuddly. Let's hear it for the rat

A huge rise in its numbers should not stop us giving the maligned rodent more respect

Downing Street cat makes first kills

Larry the Downing Street cat has made his first kills since being brought in to deal with rats at Number 10, David Cameron revealed today.

Beg, Borrow, Steal, By Michael Greenberg

Though this book contains some of the most observant writing on New York since the great New Yorker reporter Joseph Mitchell, it originated in the TLS.

Deborah Ross: Family values are safe with 'Springwatch'

If you ask me...

James Corrigan: Hair-raising season shows that, for all his flaws, Rooney is certainly worth it

The Way I See It: Rooney has come through with his career, his wife and fanbase intact, and, with a new barnet grafted to a new attitude, can fulfil his sporting destiny
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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent
Markus Persson: If being that rich is so bad, why not just give it all away?

That's a bit rich

The billionaire inventor of computer game Minecraft says he is bored, lonely and isolated by his vast wealth. If it’s that bad, says Simon Kelner, why not just give it all away?
Euro 2016: Chris Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Wales last qualified for major tournament in 1958 but after several near misses the current crop can book place at Euro 2016 and end all the indifference
Rugby World Cup 2015: The tournament's forgotten XV

Forgotten XV of the rugby World Cup

Now the squads are out, Chris Hewett picks a side of stars who missed the cut
A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past