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Isabel Taylor and Duncan MacWatt assumed their precious photos had been lost forever when Mrs Taylor dropped a bag containing a memory card

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Teacher guilty of child rape

A former Seattle elementary school teacher who bore the child of her 14-year-old student yesterday faced a sentence of more than seven years in prison for child rape. Mary Kay LeTourneau had pleaded guilty to two counts of child rape, admitted having a sexual relationship with the boy that resulted in a daughter born in May. Her defence attorney will seek her release under a state program of mandatory psychological treatment. LeTourneau's husband has filed for divorce and moved with their four children to Alaska.

Baked Alaska ready for Nell Gwyn

RACING: The Flat season moves up a gear with the start of the Craven meeting at Newmarket

Suicide of `N Korea missionary'

Tacoma, Washington State -- Evan C. Hunziker, the man arrested in August and held for three months by North Korea on spying charges, was found dead yesterday morning in a motel here - an apparent suicide, police said. Mr Hunziker's body was found in a room at the Olympus Hotel. He had been shot once. The police added that no note was found.

Network: 'Who'd put a computer in a pub?'

If the Net is going to catch on, it needs to convince the average consumer. Has it succeeded? Andrew North went to Essex to find out

I'M DON SIMPSON'; AND YOU'RE NOT

Don Simpson, the producer of `Top Gun' and `Beverly Hills Cop', was the king of high-concept Hollywood. But unlike his movies, the producer's life did not have a happy ending. David Thomson reports

One man and his dogs

Jeff King and his team skim across sea ice on Norton Sound, Alaska, as they head for victory in the Iditarod sled dog race which finishes in the town of Nome today. The 1,151-mile event began 10 days ago

Satellite eludes trackers

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TRAVEL: Have mouse, will travel

The whole world - even Bouvet Island - is just a click away. Martin Wright virtually circumnavigates the globe

Hole in ozone threatens UK

Worst damage ever is recorded this week

Loft in the lurch

They may look great, but warehouse flats come with a string of potential problems. By Anne Spackman

Alaska poll hits Dole's morale

Bob Dole, once the unassailed Republican frontrunner, suffered another setback in his attempt to win his party's presidential nomination yesterday as he came a distant third in a non-binding preference vote in Alaska, despite virtually unanimous backing from the state's party hierarchy.

Boy's Own epic

John Warburton Lee's photographs are the stuff of Boy's Own adventures. And "Roof of the Americas", a 72-picture document of a gruelling 15-month expedition that set out to reach the geographical and physical extremes of North, Central and South America, makes for exhausting viewing. For those who dream of conquering natural challenges, this armchair voyage through battles against the elements from the comfort of a warm, centrally-heated gallery is just the thing for dark autumn days. Here are thrilling high-altitude rescues and struggles through dramatic white water, dense jungles, swamps and raging seas. Action-packed colour imagery also includes dog-sledding and and snowmobiling in Arctic Alaska, mountaineering in Alaska and Argentina, and kayaking, rafting, trekking and sailing in Chilean Patagonia en route for Cape Horn. But also on show here are contemplative landscapes and studies of the people encountered on his travels.

After Yeltsin: how will Russia react?

This time the President may not bounce back. Phil Reeves assesses the forces awaiting his demise

24 feared dead in Awacs crash

24 feared dead in Awacs crash
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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence