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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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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

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The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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