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

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Boy, 16, arrested on suspicion of murder after teenage girl found dead in Surrey

Boy and girl were 'known to each other', say police

The Great Interior Design Challenge, TV review

You may also worry you're not conversant enough in current design lingo to get much out of new BBC2 series The Great Interior Design Challenge. Fear not. The only vocab you needed to enjoy last night's episode was "upcycle". It's a verb meaning "to take a perfectly decent piece of furniture and ruin it by the addition of some old tat you bought at a car boot sale".

Zaid al-Hilli leaves Guildford police station after having his bail cancelled

French Alps shootings: victim's brother released by police

The only person arrested in the 13-month investigation into the murder of the al-Hilli family in France has been released from bail

Swans explore the Abbey Fields caravan park after the River Thames flooded in Chersey

UK weather: More than 200 flood warnings and alerts in force across England

River levels continue to rise despite dry weather

Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

Kevin Pietersen is dropped by Delhi Daredevils

Kevin Pietersen’s future took a surprising turn yesterday when Delhi Daredevils decided not to retain the England batsman – or indeed any of their players – for this year’s Indian Premier League.

The South Downs National Park

Come home to the country

First-time buyers can enjoy village life as commuters, says Ruth Bloomfield

Dragon’s tail: the Aberystwyth Promenade

UK weather: David Cameron blames Britain’s 'abnormal' winter storms on climate change as Met Office warns of more rain to come

Comments came as Environment Agency warned of flood risks continuing into Friday

Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill recreated wakeboarding, similar to that pictured, in a carpark in Guildford

Professional wakeboarder Jack Hammersley defends video of ride in carpark

Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill were criticised for using a pulley system to wakeboard in an underground carpark

David Cameron called Anne McIntosh one of the party's 'most assiduous' MPs

North Yorkshire female MP Anne McIntosh faces deselection in challenge to David Cameron

One of the Conservatives’ few female MPs in the North of England is facing a damaging second reselection battle amid an outbreak of infighting.

An abandoned vehicle in floodwater yesterday in Tovil

UK weather: More floods and storms forecast - with thousands already hit by power cuts

13,000 properties are still cut off from power

Sean Emmett with Abbie before tragedy struck

Superbike racer arrested on UK return after wife died in Dubai

Sean Emmett had been unable to leave the United Arab Emirates for 10 months as police had confiscated his passport following the death of his wife, who fell several floors from a hotel

On high: 10 best Christmas tree toppers

Forget tatty angels or ropey fairies, these top of the tree decs will finish off your festive foliage in style this Christmas

Officers from the Underwater and Confined Space Search Team during the recovery operation of a body that was discovered in a well in Surrey

Murder victim dumped in Surrey well named as Damian Chlywka

Police have named a murder victim who was tied up and dumped down a well about two years ago.

Officers from the Underwater and Confined Space Search Team during the recovery operation of a body that was discovered in a well in Surrey

Warlingham body in well: Police promise to track down unidentified man’s killers as it is revealed body may have been in well for over two years

Police have vowed to track down the killers of a man who was assaulted, tied up and thrown down a well.

Crispin Blunt has survived an attempt by worthies in his local party to get rid of him

Andy McSmith's Diary: Is the revolt against Crispin Blunt by his local party because he's gay? Yes and no

Some local ladies were offended by the way that Blunt’s marriage ended

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers