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

Rats! The end is nigh for No 11's uninvited guests

A rat-catcher has been called into Downing Street to deal with rodents that so far have been captured on television cameras, but not by any traps at No 10.

Vote a new Humphrey into Downing Street

With a rodent problem at Downing Street having been highlighted by the appearance of rats on not one but two broadcasts from outside Number 10 this week, it seems that Humphrey, the former feline resident, is sorely missed.

Exclusive clip: Rabbit Hole

Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play a grieving couple in John Cameron Mitchell's new drama.

Tories abandon promise of early vote on hunting

Anti-hunt lobby scents first blood as officials admit there will be no repeal next year

Dom Joly: Drop in for my finest crocodile foot and smoky water

I have become totally institutionalised after my time in the Australian jungle and it's taking me quite some time to readjust. I find myself asking permission for everything – my kids look at me in amused disbelief as I ask them whether I can use the loo. At night, I have terrible dreams that involve Gillian McKeith sporting a set of pants made from tarantulas – she is screaming and demanding I wash a spoon so that she can eat some tofu .... I wake up sweating and frightened.

Stork that ate babies, rather than delivering them

The fossilised bones of a giant stork big enough to devour human babies has been found on the Indonesian island of Flores, home of the miniature "hobbit" people who lived there more than 18,000 years ago.

Stressed out? It could be in your genes

To their surprise, neuroscientists have discovered that stress can be passed down the generations – and even though it can be harmful, there is a logical biological reason.

Adventure racing: take it to the limit

Think a marathon sounds tough? It’s adventure racing that is the true test of body and soul, discovers Rebecca Newman

Your Questions: 'How can I ensure my rat doesn't jump out of the window?'

Q. I had a lovely hamster who used to roam around my flat. Last time he disappeared, I found out that he had jumped out of my second-floor window. I've bought a rat now and want to ensure it doesn't happen again. Have you got any advice? Laura, via e-mail

California: Home wanted for 1,000 rescued rats

About 1,000 rats are awaiting adoption in California after being rescued from a house they had infested and almost destroyed.

Plagues of roaches, rats, and bedbugs sweep Britain

Pest infestations are on the rise as cash-strapped councils phase out free extermination services

America tries on a new breed of guilt-free fur: drowned swamp rat

You can wear fur, look good, keep your morals intact – and save the environment, too. If you don't mind wearing the remains of a swamp rat fished out of the wetlands of Louisiana.

Celebrities' favourite pet set to be 'the next lab rat'

Mini-pigs, those celebrity pets par excellence, are being lined up as Europe's preferred laboratory animals. The miniature porkers, which can cost more than £1,000 for a piglet, have captured the hearts of various notables, from George Clooney and David Beckham to Paris Hilton and Megan Fox. Now they could be about to replace monkeys, mice, rats and dogs in the testing of new drugs and chemicals.

England's wanderer happy back in the pack

The nomadic lock Tom Palmer has finally settled in France but he feels most at home in the red-rose scrum, he tells Chris Hewett

All Blacks want Gear to put England in reverse

On the face of it, Graham Henry was in high good humour as he named his New Zealand side for tomorrow's set-to with England at Twickenham, delivering his wisecracks with a rat-a-tat rhythm that Jackie Mason himself might have admired. "A lot of people have been pressing us to play Hosea Gear," he said when asked about the Maori wing's promotion to the starting line-up. "My wife has been telling me to pick him; even my mother asked me why he wasn't in the team. Finally, I've bent to the pressure. It's a pain in the arse, this job."

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