News Tom Hanks in the 2000 film Castaway

In a story similar to the plot of the film Castaway starring Tom Hanks, Jose Ivan was found on the atoll having floated 8,000 miles from Mexico

'Dear Daddy' in Seat 16C letter goes viral

Heartfelt letter thanks businessman Eric Kunkel who entertained three-year-old Kate

Two-headed calf Sana Saida born in Morocco

Locals have been flocking to see the animal in the city of Fes

St Lawrence beach in Barbados

5 ways to... Make a break for Barbados

Take your partner, family, golf clubs… or a good pair of walking boos

Anything to declare? Hippo teeth, walrus horns, taxidermy alligators and potions made from rare orchids - UK border officials seize record number of endangered animal items

Officials from the Home Office have said more items were confiscated in the year up to April 2013 than in any other year

Q. Why is it so hard to swat a housefly? A. It sees you coming in slow motion

New research claims that for some animals, such as a fly and a dog, time moves at a slower rate

The News Matrix: Monday 26 August 2013

Irish Sea aftershocks could be felt for days

The eight year old boy was severely injured by an 'Alligator Snapping Turtle'

€1,000 reward as Bavarian lake drained in hunt for Lotti the vicious turtle

Floodlights, infra-red sights, rescue teams and TV crews all turn out after boy swimmer's ankle bitten 'by alligator snapping turtle'

The News Matrix: Wednesday 14 August 2013

Parents may have to pay some care costs

An alligator snapping turtle 'eats almost anything it can catch'

Hunt for lake turtle that severed swimming boy's Achilles tendon in Bavaria's Irsee lake

Alligator snapping turtle is believed to be exotic pet released into wild in Bavaria

Rebecca Armstrong's tortoise, Nimrod, hibernates annually in the fridge

Eggs, milk, butter... tortoise: What's in your fridge?

Who knew that a survey of Europe's fridges would be so fascinating? As well as shedding light on our eating habits, it also revealed the inedible things we stash in there. Medicines, nail varnish, batteries, sun lotion and glue were items that those surveyed admitted to having in their doors and drawers.

Cowes week got underway today

Cowes week off to a testing start as windy conditions hit the Solent

Sailing festival is gets underway with strong breezes catching many out

Turtle conservationist shot dead 'by poachers' on Costa Rica beach

Jairo Mora Sandoval, 26, died just weeks after posting a Facebook plea for police help with turtle-egg thieves

It's usually the sort of thing you’d expect to see at Glastonbury or Notting Hill Carnival, but is musical cycling likely to break through to the two-wheeled mainstream?

Speakers on wheels: What’s that noise? It’s the sound of cyclists

If you spend a lot of time on your bike, you might have already spotted the latest audio-cycling craze: cyclists jerry-rig a speaker system to their handlebars and take their tunes with them.

10% of British wildlife at risk of extinction as species show massive decline

Comprehensive study reveals hedgehogs, turtle doves and red squirrels among species seeing biggest falls

Postcard from Cairo: An animal tale that was turtle hokum

By its own lofty standards, it had been a relatively slow news week in Cairo.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee