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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

Bodies pile up as Haiti rescuers struggle

Troops and planeloads of food and medicine trickled into Haiti today to aid a traumatised nation still shaken by aftershocks from the catastrophic earthquake that flattened homes and government buildings and buried countless people.

Huge toll feared in Haiti earthquake

Many thousands were feared dead in a major earthquake that destroyed the presidential palace, schools, hospitals and hillside shanties in Haiti, its leaders said today.

What to do if...your home is flooded

Donna Clark, 38, lives in Cockermouth. Her house was devastated by the floods that hit Cumbria in November, which caused a total of more than £100m worth of damage to more than 1,000 homes

The tsunami's widowers search for love

Far more women than men died when the waves hit Aceh. Five years on, the demographic legacy remains. Kathy Marks reports from Lampuuk

Ambulance service complains of 'poorly gritted roads'

An ambulance service complained today that poorly gritted roads hindered its response to emergency calls during the heavy snowfall.

Letters: The Rosetta Stone

It's time to gracefully relinquish the Rosetta Stone

Cultural Life: Annie Lennox, Singer

Music

A terrible admission I know, but I listen to music very rarely. I love the process of creating music. That's where I come alive. Sometimes, almost randomly, I do stumble upon something that really intrigues me, and I rediscover the power of it all over again.

Solicitors offer bargain wills in charity drive

As part of Will Aid month, starting today, solicitors all over the country are offering to draw up basic wills in exchange for charitable donations.

Lives Remembered: Elly Ligertwood

Elly Ligertwood (née von Hunkar) grew up near Ptuj, in today's Slovenia, latterly part of Yugoslavia. She had a happy childhood in a large, bustling house, with cousins and au pairs frequently visiting from England. In 1941, after the Nazi occupation, she was sent to cousins in Hungary to avoid joining the Bund Deutscher Madchen (the League of German Girls). Her parents managed to remain at home throughout the war. As the Russians approached in 1945, Elly got herself back home alone on trains strafed by allied bombers, nourished for days by a single bag of plums.

Survey highlights lack of first aid confidence

Only 7 per cent of people in the UK feel confident in carrying out first aid, according to a poll out today.

Nick Young: To beat swine flu we need to show some personal responsibility

If we know a threat is likely, it is irresponsible not to prepare and take basic steps against it. And it is simple community-based efforts that are the most effective. Which is why the public response to swine flu has often been troubling.

Letters: The dangers of growth and consumption

Growth and consumption will be the end of us all

Were Iraqis tortured and killed by our soldiers?

Five years after Tony Blair was informed of damaging evidence of abuse, Government finally agrees to inquiry into the alleged massacre of 20 civilians

Millions at risk from Mediterranean tsunami

Millions of people living and holidaying along the Mediterranean coast are at risk of being hit with a tsunami, a new report warns.

Prejudice and ignorance skew public view of asylum-seekers

Study shows 'reality gap' for Britons who think they know about immigration
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?
Season's finale brings the end of an era for top coaches and players across the continent

The end of an era across the continent

It's time to say farewell to Klopp, Clement, Casillas and Xavi this weekend as they move on to pastures new, reports Pete Jenson
Bin Laden documents released: Papers reveal his obsession with attacking the US and how his failure to keep up with modern jihad led to Isis

'Focus on killing American people'

Released Bin Laden documents reveal obsession with attacking United States
Life hacks: The innovations of volunteers and medical workers are helping Medécins Sans Frontières save people around the world

Medécins Sans Frontières's life hacks

The innovations of volunteers and medical workers around the world are helping the charity save people
Ireland's same-sex marriage vote: As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?

Same-sex marriage

As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?
The underworld is going freelance: Why The Godfather's Mafia model is no longer viable

The Mafia is going freelance

Why the underworld model depicted in The Godfather is no longer viable