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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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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada