Iran earthquake: 32 killed and hundreds injured near nuclear plant

Huge earthquake near nuclear plant in Iran kills 37 and injures hundredsTremor strikes in rural deep south of Iran crushing houses to rubble Authorities insist no damage to nuclear plant nearby but no verification PUBLISHED: 17:20 GMT, 9 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:23 GMT, 10 April 2013 At least 37 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a 6.1 magnitude earthquake near a nuclear plant in southern Iran on Tuesday, Iranian officials said. The earthquake struck the town of Kaki some 96 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Bushehr, a town on the Persian Gulf that is home of Iran's first nuclear power plant, built with Russian help

Join our gang – it"s grate! Trio of raccoons pictured with their heads poking out of drain

Join our gang – it's grate! Trio of raccoons pictured with their heads poking out of drainRow of cute creatures in grate pictured in California Raccoons were caught in the act by passing motorist | UPDATED: 22:52 GMT, 27 December 2012 They tend to make their beds in the hollow of a tree.

Punks, video games and kids just hanging out: How the Paparazzo of Peterborough documented life in town during the 70s and 80s

Punks, video games and kids just hanging out: How the Paparazzo of Peterborough documented life in town during the 70s and 80sAmateur photographer Chris Porsz, 59, took snaps to help ease stress of his jobPunk haircuts, flared jeans and early computers included in fascinating collection | UPDATED: 02:30 GMT, 12 December 2012 A group of 'psychobillies' – ex-punks, teds and skinheads – stare at a camera in a shopping arcade… the flat-top hairdo of one dyed a similar colour to the logo of a C&A store in the background. Elsewhere, young boys gaze longingly at chunky video games, such as Firefox and Scramble, in a computer shop.

Lowering our flag is a shameful surrender to Ulsters gangsters

Lowering our flag is a shameful surrender to Ulster’s gangstersUnder the 'Good Friday' agreement, flying the Union Flag is illegal in Northern Ireland on 348 days of the year | UPDATED: 02:14 GMT, 9 December 2012 In a large part of this country, it is against the law to fly the Union Flag from government buildings for 348 days of the year. This has been so since the year 2000.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas given hero"s welcome after gaining UN acceptance for his people

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas given hero's welcome as he returns to West Bank after gaining acceptance for his people from the UN | UPDATED: 17:11 GMT, 3 December 2012 Thousands of cheering supporters turned out to welcome Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas back to the West Bank after his people were handed acceptance to the United Nations. An Israeli decision to cut off a cash transfer to the financially troubled Palestinian Authority, following an earlier decision to build thousands of new homes in Jewish settlements, failed to put a damper on the celebrations. But Palestinian officials acknowledged they were undecided on what to do with their newfound status, and were waiting for upcoming Israeli elections and new ideas from President Barack Obama before deciding how to proceed.

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw tweets horror at state of Parliament"s crumbling plumbing

'Urine is pouring through my ceiling': Labour MP Ben Bradshaw tweets horror at state of Parliament's crumbling plumbing Former Culture Secretary uses Twitter to reveal his office 'stinks' after urinal springs a leakExeter MP thanks staff for wearing strong perfume to disguise the smell Houses of Parliament are in need of urgent repairs worth 1.6billion | UPDATED: 17:39 GMT, 28 November 2012 A former Cabinet minister tonight revealed urine has been pouring through the ceiling of his Commons office. Labour MP Ben Bradshaw took to Twitter to complain that his office ‘stinks’ after sewage from a toilets above his office seeped through Parliament’s crumbling walls. The former Culture Secretary revealed Victorian copper piping was to blame for the disgusting plumbing problem which has plagued his office for two days.

It may seem dim, but turning off our street lights is a bright idea

It may seem dim, but turning off our street lights is a bright idea | UPDATED: 23:13 GMT, 28 November 2012 Light up: Roads have been necklaced by a string of viciously bright streetlights lately We live near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. It is a classic English market town, church spire pointing to heaven, its pretty collection of historic buildings picturesquely framed by a landscape of wooded hills and ploughed fields.