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20 people have been injured after thousands flocked to see the annual tidal surge in east China's Zhejiang province.

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From Freud's Civilisation and its Discontents to the Indiana Jones films, digging has long been a metaphor for cultural and psychological processes. From tomorrow, archaeology and art will become one when the performer Robert Pacitti curates Dig and Sow, a series of public digs across eastern England.

Williams continues fine form in World Match Race Tour

Double world match racing champion Ian Williams moved a step closer to three World Match Race Tour wins in a row by notching up seven wins from eight starts in the fight for places in the knockout phase at St. Moritz, high in the Swiss Alps.

I'm only <i>doubling</i> the size of my mansion, says Mitt Romney

The Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has interrupted earnest discussions about the US economy, healthcare and foreign policy to issue a qualified denial of news reports that he is quadrupling the size of his holiday home in California.

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This remarkable US state does weird and wild like no other, so take your pick of giant trees, volcanic pools, huge waterfalls or flowering cacti.

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Standard & Poor's, the credit rating agency, is trying to forestall a backlash from local governments in the US, which were outraged when the company downgraded the US credit rating earlier this month.

Otters return to every county in England

Once the rivers were cleaned up, fish returned to once-polluted waters and otters began to spread back eastwards from their strongholds in Devon and Wales

County round-up: Stevens stands tall for Kent to upstage county legends

Darren Stevens may never have a stand at Canterbury named after him but the 35-year-old all-rounder was the man of the moment at the St Lawrence Ground yesterday, doing his best to upstage a couple of county legends on whom the honour was bestowed.

Fish farm breakthrough that could save the bluefin

The prospect of farming the endangered bluefin tuna from eggs to fully mature adults has come a step closer with the first natural mass spawning of the species in captivity.

Business Diary: Footballers with a social conscience

Derby County know a thing or two about chasing lost causes, but full marks to them for supporting a struggling local business. Its players will take to the pitch on Saturday with shirts bearing the slogan "save our rail industry": it's a sign of solidarity with Bombardier workers at the Derby factory who are losing their jobs after the company missed out on a lucrative Government order last month. Manager Nigel Clough is even dedicating his column in the programme to the issue.

Teenager bailed on hacking charges

A teenager appeared in court today charged with hacking into websites, including that of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

County round-up: Best puts Glamorgan in a spin

The estimation of Northamptonshire and Glamorgan that the pitch at Swansea would be one their spinners could exploit proved accurate on day one, when slow bowlers James Middlebrook and Paul Best took half of the wickets to fall as Glamorgan were bowled out for 252 after choosing to bat first.

Mexican 'hitboy' jailed after hanging rivals

A Mexican judge has sentenced a 14-year-old US citizen to three years in prison for murder, kidnapping and drug and weapons possession. Authorities say the boy confessed to killing four people whose beheaded bodies were found suspended from a bridge.

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