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There is a certain pleasure (however smug) in being ahead of the curve when spotting a particularly gifted writer, and a certain regret when the masses catch up with your discovery. The latter, of course, is the state desired by author and publisher, and Peter May has now made the transition from connoisseurs’ taste to popular bestseller.

Michael Misick is led away by police in Rio de Janeiro

Michael Misick: Turks and Caicos premier 'who left office with $180m fortune' arrested

A former premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) whose rule was characterised by adultery, private jets and designer suits, has been arrested on an international warrant.

CWC in $1bn sell-off

Cable & Wireless Communications has agreed to sell assets in Monaco and a host of islands to Bahrain's state-controlled operator, Batelco, for up to $1bn (£623m).

The centenarian reptile from the Galapagos was said to be the last Pinta Island tortoise left, and his passing meant the extinction of his subspecies. But now it seems George wasn’t as lonely as scientists imagined.

Not so Lonesome George: Researchers find 17 other tortoises in the Galapagos Islands similar to famous centenarian reptile

The death of Lonesome George in June this year was mourned by environmentalists worldwide.

Where did it go? Australian scientists un-discover phantom Pacific island that appears on world maps

It is every explorer’s wish to discover unmapped territory – but few expect to undiscover territory that is already mapped. That is what happened to a team of Australian scientists who found themselves sailing through what appeared on charts as a large island during a research trip in the South Pacific.

The most murderous place in Europe just got more dangerous

Shooting of business leader confirms new trend of high-profile Corsican killings

Toyota picks up speed despite China hit

Toyota has bumped up its profit expectations for the year to £6bn, despite its sales in China, the world's biggest car market, withering away due to a domestic boycott of Japanese cars as part of a territorial dispute.

Game season: Deer stalking in Scotland

Food Miles: On the hunt for autumn's fruits of the forest

Ask a chef what their favourite season is and nine times out of 10 they'll tell you autumn. Wild game birds are available from 12 August when the grouse season starts, but it's only now that you get the full range including pheasant and woodcock. Wild mushrooms abound, along with smaller amounts of their pricey cousins, the black and white truffle. Meanwhile, autumn fruits such as bilberries, blackberries and elderberries are ripe for picking. But you don't have to be a chef to get the best from the most exciting time of the culinary year: active food-oriented trips will guide you to the best produce and show you what to do with it, both in the UK and abroad.

Scilly residents angry as local helicopter service to mainland closes

The curtain will today fall on five decades of a helicopter service linking the Cornish mainland with Scilly as the final commercial flight with British International Helicopters (BIH) leaves the islands.

Trouble in paradise?

The Indian Ocean idyll of Zanzibar has seen dark days recently, as religious intolerance and violence dominate. By Daniel Howden in Stone Town

Your chance to buy an island in Fiji

It's not often that private islands come up for sale in Fiji so if you have about £6 million going spare, you could buy the pleasantly titled Nananu-i-Cake and Mabua Islands.

China's bank governor snubs Japan

The governor of China's central bank and the country's Finance Minister have pulled out of the International Monetary Fund's summit in Japan in an apparent snub to the hosts over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Chris Gayle celebrates with Kieron Pollard

Gayle swats away Aussies as West Indies storm into final

West Indies 205-4 Australia 131 (West Indies win by 74 runs)

8 dead as typhoon smashes ships in South Korea

A powerful typhoon pounded South Korea with strong winds and heavy rain today as it churned up rough seas that smashed two fishing ships into rocks, killing at least five fishermen and forcing the coast guard to perform a daring rescue for the survivors.

Two firefighters have died battling a wildfire in the Spanish province of Alicante

Several arrests made in La Gomera wildfires investigation

A Spanish official says investigators have detained multiple people in connection with the devastating wildfires on the Canary Islands, but authorities have yet to determine what caused the blazes.

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