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Up to 30mm of rain is expected today amid fears of coastal flooding, high tides and strong winds across the southern and western areas of England and Wales

Vulnerable people aren’t getting the care they need

Swingeing cuts to preventative care could leave thousands without the care they need if we are not careful – but the voluntary sector can help.

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War is waged on developers who target sites with no flood defence

As crisis worsens, councils say budget cuts have left them exposed to private contracts

Syrian rebels and bystanders watch a bulldozer clean the debris outside Dar Al-Shifa hospital in Aleppo, northern Syria.

Thousands of Syrians flee after bombing by Assad's warplanes

Thousands of Syrians headed toward Turkey on Monday after President Bashar al-Assad's air force attacked populated areas near the border, Arabic and Turkish media reported.

Romney's ‘staged’ Sandy relief event

With Sandy blown, the race must go on. But it's certainly not making life as a campaign manager any easier. When Mitt Romney turned a recent event into a disaster relief rally, aides worried that supporters would ruin the photo-op by arriving without supplies to donate.

Putting money straight in the pockets of Syrian refugees may be the best way to help

The British Red Cross's disaster response manager reports on the challenges facing aid agencies in and around Syria

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire as a car burns at the scene of an explosion in Ashafriyeh, central Beirut

Top security official and seven others killed in 'worst attack in years' as car bomb hits Beirut

A car bomb ripped through Beirut today, killing a top security official and seven others, shearing the balconies off apartment buildings and sending bloodied residents staggering into the streets in the most serious blast the Lebanese capital has seen in four years.

Spirits high at Oktoberfest despite troubles

Record alcohol consumption, mounting violence and high beer prices have failed to mar the annual Munich Oktoberfest, which reached half-time yesterday with its backers claiming that the drinking event was set for its most successful year.

Postcard from... Germany

Record alcohol consumption, mounting violence and eye-watering beer prices have failed to mar this year's traditional Munich Oktoberfest, which reached half-time yesterday with its backers claiming that the marathon drinking event was set to become the most successful yet.

Islamists accused of revenge attack

There was widespread anger and disbelief in the Kenyan capital yesterday after a grenade was thrown into a Sunday school, leaving one child dead and several injured.

The Letter of Last Resort /Good With People, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Two fine short plays set in the shadow of the low-level nuclear threat by leading Scottish playwrights David Greig and David Harrower prove a shining gem in this year's Traverse programme.

'Dead' Bangladeshi man found in Karachi jail

A man who disappeared 23 years ago, leading his family to believe he had died, has returned home after being found in a prison in Pakistan.

Rebels near Aleppo

Halt Aleppo massacre, leaders urge Syria

World leaders tonight called on President Bashar Assad to stop the massacre of civilians in Syria's second city.

A reveller is thrown to the ground by one cow in the bull ring, at the end of third running of the bulls in Pamplona on 9 July 2012

Two Britons gored in Pamplona bull run

The morning runs are the highlight of the annual San Fermin festival

Five injured in Pamplona running of the bulls

One thrill-seeker was gored in a leg and four others slightly injured as thousands of adrenaline-fueled runners raced ahead of six fighting bulls in the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona in the first running of the bulls of this year's San Fermin festival, officials said today.

DJ Taylor: Everyone wants to be Scottish now

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Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

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