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

The claws are out for Larry, the cat who fancies a nap

It's another tale of broken promises at No 10 as the rodents have a field day

Letters: Benefit cuts

Benefit cuts demolish our civil society

Flip-flop Dave! U-turns threaten to undermine Cameron's image

A succession of policy U-turns over the past nine months, from forestry sales to housing benefit, is causing damage to the PM's reputation

Leading article: Out of the bag

Those who follow the political mafia on Twitter could be forgiven for wondering whether any work was done in Westminster yesterday. The Tweeters seemed concerned only with the arrival of Larry, the new Downing Street cat. You can see why. Animals have offered a new set of political metaphors to the scribblers since the appearance of rats on camera behind TV reporters standing opposite the famous black door of No 10. References to sinking ships and the lack of boomtown times followed apace.

Mary Dejevsky: So you think you donate to charity?

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Larry the cat moves into No 10

Downing Street has unveiled its latest recruit - a rat-catching cat.

Leading article: A mouse that roared

Does David Cameron approve of Rastamouse, the Jamaican-patois-speaking, crime-fighting, rodent?

Brian Jacques: Writer best known for his 'Redwall' series of fantasy novels

James Brian Jacques had the blue collar CV of a hard-boiled novelist: his jobs included merchant seaman, truck driver, dock worker, boxer and policeman.

How hedgehogs make love: carefully

An exhibition showing taxidermy featuring rabbits, hedgehogs and foxes mating is opening at the Natural History Museum in London tomorrow.

PG Tips maker agrees to halt animal tests on its tea

The maker of PG Tips has agreed to stop testing its teas on animals, after activists threatened to launch a name-and-shame publicity campaign to highlight the company's experiments on rabbits, rats and pigs.

Video interview: Nicole Kidman talks about Rabbit Hole

In this video interview Nicole Kidman talks about her role as a grieving mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, which hits UK cinemas on Friday.

230 million head home for Chinese New Year

Today is the busiest day of the year for China's transport networks as millions head home for the Lunar New Year.

The Reading List: Rats

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The Story of Rats: Their Impact on Us, and Our Impact on Them by SA Barnett £17.99

A comprehensive survey, The Story of Rats examines how people and rats have lived together throughout history and their use in the scientific world.

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US immigration: President Obama ready to press ahead with long-promised plan to overhaul 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?

Immigration: Obama's final frontier

The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? Why didn’t these women come forward earlier? And why has nobody taken legal action?

Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain

You know that headache you’ve got?

Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

Scoot commute

Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
Paul Robeson: The story of how an American icon was driven to death to be told in film

The Paul Robeson story

How an American icon was driven to death to be told in film
10 best satellite navigation systems

Never get lost again: 10 best satellite navigation systems

Keep your vehicle going in the right direction with a clever device
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

Paul Scholes column

England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

Frank Warren column

Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
Underwater photography competition winners 2014 - in pictures

'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines