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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

A damaged tank in the Bab Sabaa neighbourhood of Homs

UN compiles Syria crimes investigation list

The United Nations has a secret list of top Syrian officials who could face investigation for crimes against humanity carried out by security forces in their crackdown against an anti-government uprising, a panel of UN human rights experts said.

Driver held after teacher dies in ski-trip coach crash

A British coach driver was arrested in France yesterday after a bus carrying schoolchildren returning to Worcestershire from a half-term skiing trip careered off a motorway, killing a teacher and injuring 23 others.

Goodluck Jonathan: The President abandoned vital petrol subsidies for low-paid Nigerians

More strikes and unrest in Nigeria after fuel price talks break down

A nationwide strike in Nigeria over fuel prices is set to escalate today after two major unions said talks with the government had failed, threatening oil exports which are vital to the West African country's economy.

Gunmen seize British aid worker

Khalil Dale, a health worker for the Red Cross, was seized near the Pakistani city of Quetta

UK aid worker seized in Pakistan

Armed men kidnapped a British Red Cross worker from the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta today, police and the Red Cross said, highlighting the fragile security situation in the country.

Tributes paid to Red Cross worker

Tributes were paid today to a "committed" Red Cross worker who died after being attacked on Christmas Day while on holiday in Sri Lanka.

Mass burials begin as Philippines death toll rises to 927

With funeral parlours overwhelmed, authorities in a flood-stricken southern Philippine city yesterday organised the first mass burial of people who were swept to their deaths in one of worst calamities to strike the region in decades.

Drivers are 'unprepared for icy roads'

Only one in five motorists is prepared for severe weather on the roads this winter, according to the British Red Cross.

Fear of getting it wrong stops most people learning first aid

Charities launch nationwide education drives to encourage use of life-saving skills

Satellite images reveal signs of mass graves on South Sudan border

Northern army accused of killing anti-government civilians

Journalists freed from Tripoli hotel

International journalists were freed from the Rixos Hotel today after being held for five days by armed men loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

The Timeline: Blood donation

Murder hunt ex-boyfriend found dead

The ex-boyfriend of a murdered Red Cross worker has been found dead near a railway line, police said.

Ex-boyfriend on the run after former Blunkett aide found murdered

A murdered Red Cross worker and the ex-boyfriend suspected of killing her both worked for the Home Office, it emerged yesterday.

Murdered woman worked for Home Office

A murdered Red Cross worker and her ex-boyfriend suspected of killing her both worked for the Home Office, it emerged today.

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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