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

La forza del destino, Opera Holland Park, London<br/>Fantastic Mr Fox, Opera Holland Park, London<br/>Proms 10 and 14, Royal Albert Hall, London

Suave conducting and searing performances make sense of Verdi's sprawling, brawling opera of ideas

First Night: The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Vaudeville Theatre, London

Masterclass of comic acting fails to sustain the dramatic energy

Pet rabbit stolen by animal rights protester

Two young pet owners were left "heartbroken" when their rabbit was stolen by an animal rights protester.

Prickly heat: the suffering of the hedgehogs

prolonged hot weather may be fine for us but it's not much good for wildlife, and it is particularly bad for hedgehogs, while for baby hedgehogs it's even worse.

Trail of the unexpected: Göta Canal

Take the slow boat from Gothenburg to Stockholm to see the sites, says Xav Judd

Stephen Gilbert: Writer who was lauded by Forster but is best known for a lurid novel about rats

EM Forster called him "a writer of distinction", and reviews of his first novel, The Landslide, referred to "a little classic" and "an original and graceful work", yet Stephen Gilbert is chiefly remembered as the author of the more lurid Ratman's Notebooks (1968) – Willard in the American version, after it was made into a horror film by Daniel Mann (1971). Gilbert's other claim to fame is as the protege of Forrest Reid – not the only protégé, indeed, but the predominant one.

Minor British Institutions: The British Giant rabbit

To the untrained eye, the British Giant may look like any of the other gigantic rabbit breeds that have outgrown their hutches around the world – but this is apparently a distinctively British take on leporine giantism.

Hair apparent: Welcome to the compelling world of competitive 'Cavy fancy'

The peruvian is noted for its soft coat. The cuteness of the Crested, with its cranial tuft and round body, can floor even the most hardened of judges. The Self Saffron, on the other hand, boasts fur like burnt amber. Each breed has its unique traits. But perfect looks don't come easy.

Leading article: Mole music

In the matter of the British and their relations with small field animals, Beatrix Potter and Kenneth Grahame have a great deal to answer for. Take moles.

Dark Doings: The secret life of an enigmatic pest

A boom in the UK's mole population has been causing widespread alarm. Michael McCarthy reflects on a subterranean mystery

Michael Bywater: In the dead of night, menacing us on our doorstep. That's Nature for you

Twins. Nine-month-old babies. Attacked. Partly eaten. By foxes. In Hackney. Unspeakable for their mother, and (as they so often say, because it's so often true) it could happen to any of us. Hackney: inner city, a bit run down, you might expect something like that in Hackney while simultaneously hoping you're wrong. But somewhere nice?

Teenager detained for microwaving hamster

A teenager who microwaved his brother's hamster was sent to a young offenders institution for four months today, the RSPCA said.

Johnson tells tourists to fight for World Cup spots

History tells us that a trip to Australia is England's second-worst nightmare: only in New Zealand are they made to feel more inadequate, and they're going there next. No wonder Martin Johnson describes this as "a real tour and a real test" – one that will go a very long way towards shaping the red-rose challenge at the World Cup in 15 months' time. It is the last visit to the southern hemisphere before the great global gathering in All Black country and, it can be argued, the last opportunity for a number of celebrated performers, British and Irish Lions among them, to declare their candidacy.

The curious incident of the fox in the night

The hunt is on for a fox that apparently attacked two baby girls in their bedroom. Andy McSmith reports
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee