News Drilling equipment at the Cuadrilla exploration drilling site in Balcombe

No fracking will take place at a site in West Sussex which was at the centre of large-scale protests last year, energy company Cuadrilla has told residents.

I'm worried about my dandruff... and other gripes GPs are sick of hearing

Thousands of people are visiting their GPs unnecessarily to ask about ailments from dandruff to travel sickness, the NHS has revealed, as it launches a project to try and cut out needless visits to doctors' surgeries.

Warning over care home sexual abuse

Children in care homes are being subjected to sexual abuse of a “violent and sadistic nature”, England's Deputy Children's Commissioner Sue Berelowitz has warned. 

Risk failure allowed knife attack

Three major opportunities were missed to assess risks posed by a paranoid schizophrenic who repeatedly stabbed a woman in a supermarket, a report has found.

Detective Peter Foster jailed for murder of partner

A former police detective has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 17 years after admitting the murder of his partner, a policewoman whose body was found in a shallow woodland grave.

Plamen Petkov honoured for saving girl from sea

A man who died saving a five-year-old girl who was being swept out to sea has been recognised for his heroism.

Two posthumous honours for man who died saving five-year-old girl who was swept out to sea

The man who died saving a five-year-old girl who was swept out to sea has been doubly recognised for his heroism.

New flooding risk as rain moves in

Parts of England and Wales were warned to be ready for the risk of more flooding today as further heavy rainfall was forecast.

Floods alert as more rain forecast

Parts of England and Wales faced the risk of flooding once again today after warnings of more heavy rain.

Hosepipe bans to be lifted at last ... but floods are set to stay

Millions see the end of the 'drought' as yet another severe weather warning is issued

Locals wade through the flood water in a boat along the road in Felpham near Bognor Regis, West Sussex

A month and a half’s rain in 36 hours, 40 flood alerts... but there’s still a drought

Rain continued to batter Britain today, with 40 rivers put on flood alert, and flood warnings requiring immediate action in place in five regions.

Observations: Take a break in a cottage that has a creative past

Rather than renting the same old boring Cornish cottage, how about staying in a bolthole with a creative past?

Raging seas lash the coast at Aberystwyth, west Wales

Summer's nearly here (but you wouldn't know it from the 60mph winds, tidal surges and flooding...)

Southern Britain was battered by 60mph winds yesterday as a storm swept in off the Atlantic, causing flooding, tidal surges and sporadic damage.

An air ambulance arrives too late to save Plamen Petkov

Plamen Petkov: The Bulgarian immigrant who died a British hero's death

Tributes to 'special' man who drowned saving a five-year-old girl from the sea

Five wanted over violence at nationalist march

Pictures have been released of five people wanted by police investigating violence which flared during a nationalist march and rally last month.

Brittany Cox puts her conservation skills to work in restoring an antique clock

Conservation courses: Breathe life into old treasures

The broken artefacts of history can be restored to their former glory using the skills you will learn on a conservation course

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Influential clans in Syria have held secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over the possibility of mobilising against Isis. But they are determined not to be pitted against each other
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
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No-one is admitting where the bodies are buried - literally and metaphorically
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Each year at Comic-Con in San Diego, Hollywood bosses nervously present blockbusters to the hallowed crowd. It can make or break a movie
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Ashes 2015: Angus Fraser's top 10 moments from previous series'

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He played in five series against Australia and covered more as a newspaper correspondent. From Waugh to Warne and Hick to Headley, here are his highlights
Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
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The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
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