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After the week in which an asteroid passed a mere 17,000 miles from the earth, and a meteor injured over a thousand people in Russia one scientist warns 'duck and cover' is not an option

Get me out of here: Austria, California, Sovalye

Now... Departing on 9 February, Inghams has a week skiing the slopes of Soll in Austria for £699pp. The deal includes accommodation at the Chalet Bichler with all meals, Monarch flights from Gatwick or Stansted to Innsbruck and resort transfers. Inghams.co.uk

Man held for Los Angeles area homeless stabbings

Police have arrested a man over the stabbings of three homeless people in the Los Angeles area, who they say goes by a name signed on “death warrants” found with the wounded victims.

Three homeless people found stabbed in Los Angeles

Police have linked three July stabbings of homeless people in the Los Angeles area to one suspect who left typewritten “death warrant” notes at each crime scene.

The Man Within My Head, By Pico Iyer

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