Rats off the hook: Black Death 'caused by giant gerbils'

One-Minute Read Tue 24 Feb, AT 11:42

New study suggests giant gerbils carried the bubonic plague from Asia, 'exonerating' their rodent counterparts

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi

Chelsea 'cleared to sign Lionel Messi'

Transfer Talk Tue 24 Feb, AT 11:19

Messi is 'unsettled' at Barcelona, reports suggest – and Chelsea are poised to swoop

The Mole

Rifkind's Kensington seat up for grabs - but beware jinx

Tue 24 Feb, AT 10:52 The Mole

Malcolm Rifkind is not the first Conservative member for Kensington to leave under a cloud

Peanut butter jars

Early exposure to peanuts 'can help prevent allergy'

One-Minute Read Tue 24 Feb, AT 10:43

'Compelling' results contradict earlier medical advice and may force doctors to issue new guidelines

Malcolm Rifkind

Malcolm Rifkind resigns over 'cash for access'

One-Minute Read Tue 24 Feb, AT 10:40

Senior Conservative gives up job chairing Parliament's security committee and will stand down as MP

Francois Hollande

Hollande calls for tougher race hate laws

One-Minute Read Tue 24 Feb, AT 09:51

French president urges 'faster, more effective sanctions' for racial crimes in the wake of kosher supermarket siege

Chelsea's Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic leaves the pitch after receiving a red card during the English Premier Lea

Ashley Barnes 'horror tackle': FA rules out action

First Reaction Tue 24 Feb, AT 09:10

Reaction was swift and vociferous to the FA's decision not to investigate Barnes' tackle on Nemanja Matic

Columnist Don Brind

Labour surge past Tories in new poll, while Ukip slump

Tue 24 Feb, AT 09:07 Don Brind

Tories still have a problem persuading voters that the positive economic news benefits all, not just the rich

London Fashion Week 2015

London Fashion Week 2015 - in pictures

Gallery Mon 23 Feb, AT 15:56

From Sarah Ferguson and Vivienne Westwood to Jamie Callum and a library-themed runway

People queue to buy train tickets in Waterloo Train Station

Ticket splitting: how to find the cheapest train tickets

One-Minute Read Mon 23 Feb, AT 15:43

Rail passengers can save millions by splitting a journey – but train companies want the practice banned

Leader of Ukip Nigel Farage

Ukip policies: What is Nigel Farage's party promising?

Briefing Mon 23 Feb, AT 13:29

Commitments on education, health and taxes sit alongside traditional Ukip policies on immigration and the EU

 In February this year people walked in flood water in Moorland on the Somerset Levels

What are 'super tides' and why are we seeing them in 2015?

Briefing Mon 23 Feb, AT 12:59

Rare astronomical alignment means high tides will be higher than usual at certain times this year

Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones season 5: get up to speed with our season 4 recap

Summary Mon 23 Feb, AT 12:13

Can't tell your Aryas from your Briennes of Tarth? Prepare for the return of Game of Thrones with our comprehensive recap

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis

Greece bailout: what they must agree by tonight

One-Minute Read Mon 23 Feb, AT 11:50

Greece must deliver a preliminary list of reforms tonight to keep bailout extension negotiations alive