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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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