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Dozens killed in mudslides on Mexico's Pacific coast

Mudslides in eastern Mexico have killed at least 38 people over the weekend.<p>They were triggered by intense rainfall along the Pacific coast.<p>Saturated hillsides collapsed onto homes as tropical storm Earl swept through the states of Puebla and Veracruz. In Puebla state at least 28 people were …

Let's not do ourselves down - Britain is roaring ahead of the US and Europe

Britain has always excelled at self-flagellation. Our economy certainly has many faults, and it is a sign of national self-confidence that we are so keen to discuss endlessly how to address them. But we are not the only ones to face immense challenges, and it is a bizarre legacy of the declinist …

Meet your matcha: the best teas to drink

Matcha is having a moment. The fine-powdered green tea, made from the destemmed, deveined leaves of plants grown in the shade, is used in smoothies, ice creams, chocolates, biscuits, beers, cakes and even noodle recipes.<p>Then there’s the simple hot drink, with its fresh, grassy, tannic flavour, and …

The political honours system is sick, possibly fatally

I lost my job following the General Election of May 2015 after nearly 35 years of working in and around politics. MPs are not generally held in high …