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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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