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In 50 years' time, climate change will enable farmers in southern Scotland to produce wine, say researchers at Oxford University.

Flooding in Mozambique has killed more than 100 people and left 300,000 in need of emergency aid to provide food, shelter, clean water and sanitation.

Some 126 people in every 100,000 in England and Wales are in prison. The figure is one of the highest in Western Europe, beaten only by Portugal. Ireland is the most lenient with only 71 inmates per 100,000. The figure for the US is 668.

The number of black and Asian police in London's Metropolitan Police Force has exceeded the1000 mark for the first time after Scotland Yard recorded a 20 per cent increase in their recruitment.

Seventeen MPs received season tickets or hospitality from football clubs last year, according to the register of members interests.

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