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… and the Met Office warns there is still more rain to come

Planes, rains and automobiles: Bank Holiday washout forecast as getaway gets underway

Friday and Saturday set for torrential downpours as August bank holiday getaway begins...

Puffin: Suffering as their main food source, the sand eel, moves away in search of cooler water

Warm weather could destroy Britain’s coastal wildlife: Puffins, Cliff Tiger Beetles and Little Terns among those in danger becoming extinct

Puffins, Cliff Tiger Beetles and Little Terns are among dozens of coastal species that are in danger becoming extinct in the UK in the coming decades, as rising sea levels and warmer water destroy their habitat, according to the National Trust.

Filipino commuters are silhouetted as they wade in a flooded road of the financial district of Makati City, south of Manila, Philippines

Manila brought to standstill by heavy rain

Torrential rains have brought the Philippine capital to a standstill, making streets impassable to vehicles and sending thousands of people into emergency shelters.

Life rafts in front of the holed cargo ship

Dozens missing as ferry sinks in the Philippines

Toll could hit 200 as divers continue search for bodies after roll-on/roll-off vessel and cargo boat collide

Usain Bolt storms to victory in the 100m last night, with Justin Gatlin second

World Championship: Sighs of relief as Justin Gatlin stays the great pretender

Two years ago in Daegu, the last time the World Championship men's 100m final was contested, it was all about the false start. This time, it was more like the false art.

Bell X1, Chop Chop (Belly Up Records)

What's surprising about this Dublin band's sixth album is that they've created a wholly original sound without resorting to samples or other electronic gadgetry.

The teas that bind: John and Roy Boulting

The Boulting brothers: Double visionaries of British cinema

In their centenary year, the idealism of the Boulting brothers' early work is celebrated in a BFI season. By Geoffrey Macnab

Simon Cowell (right) kissing Amanda Holden during filming of the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent

Simon Cowell is having a baby with the wife of a close friend - but he remains as inscrutable as ever

His achievements are huge, but defy logic. He is a considerable power in the global music industry without, it seems, having much interest in actual music

Publicity image released by the Discovery Channel shows a great white shark off the coast of New Zealand. Shark Week begins on Sunday.

Success of Z-list movie Sharknado leads Discovery and The Weather Channel to surf wave of shark interest

The whirlwind of hype surrounding B-movie Sharknado continues at gale force as even The Weather Channel has looked to get in on the act.

Earl Sweatshirt makes a powerful return

The Playlist: Clean Bandit / Earl Sweatshirt / The Vaccines

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

A member of the presidential guard stands in front of supporters of Zanu PF presidential candidate for the forthcoming general elections Robert Mugabe

'Insider' leaks secrets from heart of Mugabe's Zimbabwe regime on Facebook

Days before election, Zimbabweans read allegations of corruption in ruling party

Lightning at Poole Harbour; violent thunderstorms are expected over weekend getaway

Weather warning: Britain braces itself for worst weekend of the year to be on the roads

Severe weather warning as 'torrential rain' disrupts holiday getaway traffic for millions

Lightning strikes behind The London Eye

Simon Calder: News flashes for UK rail travellers

The man who pays his way

Tornado pilot narrowly avoided smashing into glider over Scotland by flipping plane into dramatic inverted loop at 500mph

The RAF pilot was on a low-level training mission when he was forced into a inverted loop manoeuvre

Classical review: Prom 15, Die Walküre, Daniel Barenboim, Berlin Staatskapelle

Very occasionally you are lucky enough to encounter a performance in which a sort of mystical transformation takes place: when the music and the way it is performed simply embody the emotion that underlies it.

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