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Footage of a twister sweeping through Mississippi, America has been caught on camera by one resident. In the short video the tornado is seen tearing its way through the countryside and at one point appears to be heading towards the camera man.

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Turning pistols into piccolos sounds like the kind of hippie dream that died out with flared trousers. But a group of UK musicians is doing just that, taking the theatre of war and giving it its own orchestra pit.

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The Croods stars Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds cringe at the sound of their own voices

They've both helped make millions at the box office and are two of Hollywood's most sought after talents, but The Croods voice stars Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone say they still get self-conscious hearing themselves on film.

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Tiger Woods begins pursuit of world number one ranking with steady 69 at Bay Hill

Rory McIlory could be knocked from the top of the standings this weekend

New Zealand v England: Nick Compton century puts him in prime position to open batting in the Ashes

England reached 267 for two on the opening day

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A climate “on steroids” was to blame for a summer of record-breaking heatwaves, severe bushfires, cyclones and floods, according to Australia’s leading climate change scientists.

UK snow: Commuters face battle with ice, floods and plummeting temperatures, as it is revealed wintry blast could last until mid March

Commuters could face miserable journeys to and from work well into next month

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Quvenzhané Wallis is astonishing as six-year-old Hushpuppy, who lives with her often absent father (“Daddy could have changed into a tree or a bug, there wasn't no way to know”) in the poverty-stricken “Bathtub” area on the Louisiana Bayou.

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US bus siege: Police in stand-off with hostage gunman in Alabama

Police swat teams and hostage negotiators were locked in a stand-off today with a gunman authorities say intercepted a school bus, killed the driver, snatched a six-year-old boy and retreated into a bunker at his home in Alabama.

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