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This millennium, Britain’s dragonfly contingent has been in the throes of revolution. Several sparkling species have crossed the sea to start colonising the UK. In this ambitious itinerary, you might see up to seven magnificent dragonflies unknown in Britain two decades previously.

The News Matrix: Thursday 12 September 2013

Colorado ousts gun control advocates

Protesters at Balcombe, Sussex

First Balcombe resident arrested for fracking protest

The first resident of Balcombe to be arrested for protesting against fracking in the area is being held by police, protesters said.

Countdown to freshers' week: A venture into the unknown

Preparing to boldly go where many have gone before?

Deloitte given record £14m fine over MG Rover/Phoenix affair

Watchdog punishes accountants for conflicts of interest advising car firm and Four who bought it

Deloitte fined record £14m over MG Rover advice

Accountants Deloitte were today punished with a record £14 million fine for failing to manage conflicts of interest over their advice to collapsed car maker MG Rover.

Gordon Cutting from Oxford with his trophy for Bus Driver of the Year 2013

Meet Britain's double decker champion: Bus Driver of the Year Gordon Cutting

More than 100 drivers converged on Blackpool to battle for the right to be called double-decker champion, Jonathan Brown hops aboard

US army soldiers along with the soldiers of Afghan National Army (ANA) march through Watahpur District in Kunar province

Afghans claim nine civilians were killed in Nato airstrike on truck

The organisation has denied the report and insists the dead were all ‘enemy forces’

No refuge: The ancient town of Maloula, attacked last week by rebel fighters

War comes to Syria's quiet Christian hinterland

World View: A rebel attack on Maloula is a warning for a minority accused of supporting government

Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch offers wireless charging and an always-on screen

Latest wearable device from the IFA electronics fair will act as a second screen for smartphones.

A woman walks through the shaft of intense sunlight reflected from the glass windows of the new

Walkie Talkie City skyscraper renamed Walkie Scorchie after beam of light melts Jaguar car parked beneath it

Developers have promised urgent action to “cover up” the Walkie Talkie skyscraper in the City after an ultra-bright light reflected from the building melted a Jaguar car on the streets below.

Walkie Talkie skyscraper is 'melting cars' on the streets of London

New £200m building has minor flaw in that it apparently magnifies the sun's rays onto parking bays below

For sale: Three Nasa shuttle launch platforms - collection only

The space equipment clearout will also see spare tyres and other items up for grabs

Liverpool men admit staging ‘crash for cash’ insurance scam

Suspicions raised after ‘injured’ passengers seen running across dual carriageway to pub

Dick Van Dyke saw the funny side of his car bursting into flames

Dick Van Dyke unhurt after car bursts into flames

Actor's wife posted a video of the aftermath

Newcastle's Steven Taylor is shown a straight red card last night

Manchester City 4 Newcastle United 0: Wide-eyed despondency replaces blind faith among the Toon army

The Newcastle fans had never travelled to Manchester so certain of defeat

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