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Outrage as French ski resort drops snow by helicopter after pistes melt

The Independent A ski resort in France has used a helicopter to drop 60 tonnes of snow to prevent its slopes from closing. The decision by officials at Luchon-Superbagnères has been criticised over the cost both to the council and the environment. However the director of Haute-Garonne department claimed the €5,000 (£4,1000) investment would be repaid many times […]

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Kate Middleton explains significance of photo of Princess Charlotte smelling flowers

The Independent Kate Middleton has shared a never-before-seen photo of four-year-old Princess Charlotte smelling flowers as a reminder of the significance of small moments and the importance of spending time outside.  On Saturday, the Kensington Palace Instagram shared the picture in honour of the Duchess of Cambridge’s “Happy Mum, Happy Baby” podcast interview, hosted by […]

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Hadaka Matsuri: Thousands take part in Japan’s ‘Naked Festival’

The Independent Ten thousand men stripped off to take part in “Hadaka Matsuri”, an annual naked festival in Japan‘s Honshu Island. The loincloth-clad competitors gathered at the Saidaiji Temple in Okayama Prefecture for the event to celebrate prosperity and fertility.  Their aim was to snatch one of two 20cm-long “shingi” wooden sticks thrown by a priest into the crowd.  Download the new […]

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Russian artist and girlfriend held over release of sex video linked to Paris mayoral candidate

The Independent  A Russian dissident artist who published screenshots of sexual images that forced a Paris mayoral candidate to step down has been arrested alongside his girlfriend.  The couple were held for questioning on Sunday after Benjamin Griveaux, a close ally of the French president, filed a complaint for privacy violation, according to the prosecutor’s office. Pyotr […]

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Homeland, review: Claire Danes manages to breathe more life into a series that should have ended years ago

The Independent It’s hard to say what’s more surprising, that Homeland’s debut was nine years ago, or that it’s still going. The best part of a decade has passed since that thrilling first series, in which Damian Lewis’s possibly turncoat Marine, Sgt Nicholas Brody, played cat and mouse with Claire Danes’ bipolar intelligence officer, Carrie Mathison. […]

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Storm Dennis: Hundreds evacuated and over a thousand homes flooded as heavy rain and wind batter UK

The Independent Storm Dennis forced hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes and disrupted railways and roads across the UK as experts warned flooding could continue for another three days. The Environment Agency issued a record number of flood alerts – more than 600, including four severe “danger to life” warnings – as more than a month’s […]