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The Met Office issued an amber warning of rain for the Somerset Levels, where villages have now been dubbed ‘islands’

Autumn harvest: This season's best wines

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Travel agenda

From Bristol to Reykjavik, skiing in Milton Keynes, and the 90th anniversary edition of the South American Handbook

Protests over drilling in Balcombe, West Sussex, earlier this year

Exclusive: US oil giant Halliburton lined up as potential fracking partner

Deepwater Horizon disaster firm hold talks with company planning to drill for oil and gas in South Downs National Park

Brits can enjoy visa-free travel to 173 countries

Access (almost) all areas: the British passport is No.1 for visa-free travel

Holders are able to visit 173 of the world's nations while Afghans can visit only 28 countries free of formalities

Green MP Caroline Lucas is arrested near Balcombe during the anti-fracking protests

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas charged over Balcombe anti-fracking protests

Brighton Pavilion MP was arrested last month during protests outside the Cuadrilla drilling site

Kevin Doyle plays Mr Molesley in Downton Abbey

First look: Downton Abbey episode two clip - Mr Molesley's money woes worsen

The butler confesses to Anna he 'owes money all over the village'

Labour Party conference: Future of HS2 in doubt as Ed Balls warns of veto

Announcement marks a significant change of policy

Stephen Gough, the naked rambler

Page 3 Profile: Stephen Gough, the naked rambler

Blimey!

Killer insect: Asian hornets reached France in 2005 and have spread steadily

Potentially deadly predatory Asian hornets with vicious sting heading towards Britain

It is feared that vespa velutina nigrithorax, which can grow to four-times the size of a British honey bee, could attack the indigenous bee population

County Championship round-up: Ollie Rayner's haul leaves hapless Surrey staring into the abyss

Ollie Rayner's career-best figures of 8 for 46 accelerated Middlesex towards a victory over Surrey at The Kia Oval which would push their London rivals deeper into the County Championship First Division relegation mire.

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Southern Water fined £200,000 over sewage leak off Margate

Southern Water has been fined £200,000 after discharging raw sewage into the sea, the Environment Agency (EA) has said.

East Anglia got the summeriest weather, with highs approaching 18C

Roadworks lifted on major routes ahead of bank holiday weekend

Roadworks will be suspended on a number of major routes as millions head off on the bank holiday weekend.

Twenty20: Michael Carberry set for international debut against Australia

Broad, Root and Finn only members of Ashes squad to feature in squad

Pensioner's body found in a freezer at her home as man, 53, questioned by police

Police had been contacted by council workers concerned for the welfare of an elderly woman

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions