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

Jim Armitage: Don't expect shale gas to cause economic explosions on this side of the Pond

Outlook Sorry to deflate your balloon, Mr Osborne, but I fear much of the excitement about UK shale gas will prove to be so much fracking hot air.

Saad al-Hilli, the British-Iraqi man was killed in September 2012 alongside his wife and mother-in-law in a mysterious shooting in the French Alps

Alps massacre inquiry: Zaid Hilli, brother of victim, is bailed

The brother of a British engineer shot dead with his wife and mother-in-law in the French Alps has been bailed after being arrested and questioned by police.

Alps massacre: Brother is held in custody for questioning by police

Police continue to question Zaid Halli over suggestions he had doctored documents to inherit an estate

Kevin Pietersen (left) consoles Yorkshire's Liam Plunkett after his dismissal for 68

Liam Plunkett denies Kevin Pietersen another knock

Yorkshire 433-9 dec & 254 Surrey 353-7dec & 4-0

The Sport Matrix: Monday 24 June 2013

Cook defiant after agonising final defeat to India

Kevin Pietersen bowled four overs on his return from injury

Yorkshire 292-5 Surrey: Kevin Pietersen admits to injury concerns as Andrew Gale cashes in

After Surrey’s latest captain won the toss and asked Yorkshire to bat, it was always likely to be a quiet reintroduction to competitive cricket for Kevin Pietersen as the England batsman stepped on to the field for the first time in more than three months.

Ricky Ponting led Australia to 48 wins in 77 Tests as captain

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting to retire from cricket, making shock Ashes return even more unlikely

38-year-old will retire from all forms of the game in October once his contracts with Surrey and Mumbai Indians has expired

County cricket: Adams shown door by Surrey after grim start

Chris Adams was sacked as team director by Surrey yesterday after a dire start to the season. The first-team coach, Ian Salisbury, was also relieved of his duties with immediate effect.

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Dozens stranded on theme park ride at Chessington World of Adventures

All 39 people who were stranded on a theme park ride in Surrey for three hours were rescued on Sunday evening after an emergency operation.

Kevin Pietersen expects to return to action for Surrey this Friday

Kevin Pietersen to make return from injury for Surrey later this week ahead of Ashes series

England batsman will be given two games two prove he is fit to feature in the first Test at Trent Bridge on July 10th

Michael Lumb accepts that it may be too late for him to add a Test cap to his England appearance
Chanderpaul hit his first century for Derbyshire two weeks ago – and is on course for another

Shivnarine Chanderpaul's class act earns Derby dividend

Derbyshire 245-2 v Nottinghamshire

The publicist Max Clifford

Max Clifford sex assaults trial set for 4 March

The PR guru Max Clifford will go on trial next year accused of indecent assault on teenage girls, a court heard today.

County round-up: Australian understudies take centre stage in Scotland

Their senior side may be struggling but Australia A had no such problems against Scotland as they wrapped up victory by a mammoth 360 runs at the Grange on Sunday.

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Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
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Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
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It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
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Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

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Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
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