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From food and wine in Melbourne and gourmet holidays in Portugal to polar exploration and visas for Turkey

Plane rage: Indonesian district chief blocks runway to prevent landing after being refused seat on fully booked flight

A district chief closed his local airport after being refused a ticket on a fully booked incoming flight.

Viewpoint: Pepper Club Hotel, Cape Town

Get me out of here... - winter sun, northern Norway, Cape Town

Now... Winter sun in the wild Atlantic

Cape Verde is an Atlantic island nation that basks in year-round sunshine. Departing on 10 December, you can spend a week exploring the main island of Boa Vista, using the Iberostar as your base, with meals, transfers and Thomson flights from Gatwick for £828pp. capeverde.co.uk

A handout picture made available by the US Coast Guard and taken from a Coast Guard helicopter shows some 100 Haitians sitting on the hull and mast of a sail freighter after it grounded and capsized off the coast of the Bahamas

Up to 30 feared dead as migrants' sailing boat capsizes in Bahamas

Vessel from Haiti was 'overloaded and unseaworthy' says US Coast Guard

Volcano raises new island off the coast of Japan

Remarkable pictures show the new islet, which is about 200 metres (660 feet) in diameter, appearing in the water

The Big Six: Nordic retreats

Northern Lights, rustic rooms, viewing bubbles, canvas walls, saunas and luxury domes

University students carve an image of Sachin Tendulkar in the sand in tribute to the retiring cricketer

Sachin Tendulkar retirement: The 'Little Master' out for 74, so has he missed his chance for a final century?

Tendulkar may not bat in the second innings as India pile on the runs meaning he could well have played his final innings where he was out for 74

Joe Dunthorne's 'Ghost Pots'

Submarine author Joe Dunthorne maps modern writer's mind

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

The HMS Illustrious will head to the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan aftermath: HMS Illustrious to help in Philippines aid effort, says David Cameron

The British Navy will send the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious to help with the relief effort following Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines last week.

A Philippine Airlines jet stands on the tarmac at Manila's International airport as one of the most intense typhoons ever recorded tore into the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan: Monster storm batters optimism over improved Manila tourism links

Philippines is profoundly vulnerable to both tropical tempests and seismic hyperactivity

A satellite image shows Typhoon Haiyan as it crosses the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan: Most powerful storm to ever hit land batters Philippines with 235mph winds

Based on satellite images meteorologists have said the super-typhoon could be the most powerful storm ever to make landfall on earth

Supporters of former Maldivian president and presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed staged a protest in Male recently

Maldives to finally hold election after two failed attempts as archipelago island nation rocked by series of crises

After two failed attempts, the Maldives likely will hold its presidential election on Saturday as the three candidates have agreed on a voters' register, the president said today.

Get me out of here - Autumn wine weekend, reindeer safari, Cape Verde

Now... On 15-16 November, the Isle of Eriska Hotel near Oban in Scotland is hosting an "autumn wine weekend". The package costs £400pp, with two nights' B&B, a Taitinger masterclass and dinner with drinks on the Saturday evening. Eriska-hotel.co.uk

Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for one-day international caps and centuries

Sachin Tendulkar to retire from international cricket later this year after playing 200th Test for India

The multi-record holding batsman is to call time on his first class career at international level

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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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

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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

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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
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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