News The altercation allegedly broke out during a dispute over whose turn it was to pat the park's koalas

A pleasant day out to a wildlife park reportedly turned sour when a visitor was accused of assaulting a man and threatening him with a knife – apparently because it was his turn to pat the koalas.

Farmers Union applies for injunction that aims to stop badger cull protests

If granted by the High Court, it would prevent any protest against the pilot scheme

Dolphin spotted swimming in River Dee in Flintshire

A dolphin is being monitored by a marine rescue charity after chasing fish miles up a Welsh river and arriving into English waters.

Bill Oddie: 'I tend to return to the same places and one of them is, rather bizarrely, Disney World in Florida'

Bill Oddie calls Government 'ignorant and arrogant' over wildlife issues in Britain

Naturalist Bill Oddie has lambasted the Government for being "ignorant and arrogant" and says that being axed from Springwatch put him in hospital for a year.

Flower power: Prince Charles, supports alternative therapies

Private talks between Prince Charles and Cabinet ministers took place on dozens of occasions since last election

Future king's has had seven separate meetings with the PM since May 2010, and 36 in all with Coalition frontbenchers

Sunfish are seen as a delicacy in Japan, Taiwan and the Korean peninsula

The sunfish also rises in Britain – again

Survey of the nation's coastal waters reveals the first sighting this year of the giant marine animal

Travel Photo of the Year: Your chance to enter the UK's biggest competition for amateur travel photographers

It's back! The Independent has once again teamed up with Wanderlust magazine to present the Travel Photo of the Year competition. This is the UK's biggest amateur travel photo competition; last year it attracted more than 9,000 entries. The winning photos, plus a selection of shortlisted shots, will be printed in The Independent and Wanderlust, as well as being showcased in a stunning exhibition at Destinations 2014, the UK's top holiday and travel show.

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

History: Founded in 1960 as Filton Technical College. In February 2012, the college merged with Stroud College and was renamed South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

Royal Bengal tiger numbers in Nepal leap to 198

The number of wild royal Bengal tigers in Nepal has increased to 198, a 63.6 per cent rise in five years, a survey of the big cats shows.

Protect our seas, charities tell Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries

Leading conservation and animal rights charities have urged Fisheries Minister Fisheries Richard Benyon to stand by his promise to establish a network of ‘Marine Protected Zones’ – areas of ocean where human activity is restricted – and set out a clear timetable within which it can be achieved. 

The ‘Deepwater Horizon’ explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and injured 16 others

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying evidence

The energy services firm agrees to pay fine and $55m donation to wildlife charity

Thunder, hail and lightning: Heavy storms mark climax of longest heatwave for nearly 40 years

Threat of flash flooding as localised, torrential downpours hit sun-baked ground

Video footage shows Digg founder and internet entrepreneur Kevin Rose rescuing pet dog 'Toaster' from rampaging raccoon

Footage has been viewed over 2.5m times on YouTube since it was posted

A £2,000 reward has been offered to trace suspects who killed a young dolphin in a hit-and-run boating incident

£2,000 reward offered in hunt for bottlenose dolphin killer in Cornwall's Camel estuary

A £2,000 reward has been offered to trace suspects who killed a young dolphin in a hit-and-run boating incident.

Save the ash tree? Half of us can’t even recognise an oak

An appeal for the public to report tree disease has merely revealed our arboreal ignorance

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game