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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.

The weather at Edgbaston is not promising

England and West Indies draw third Test as rain strikes again

The rain-ravaged third Investec Test between England and West Indies concluded as a draw, after a third washout in five days was confirmed at Edgbaston.

Students survive nine days in New Zealand wilderness

Two 21-year-old American students have walked out of the New Zealand wilderness after being trapped for nine days by a snowstorm.

Room Service: Hellstens Malmgard, Stockholm

Hunt out a slice of Swedish history

Tracking a big idea's past: The Evolution Gallery at the American Museum of Natural History

Darwin's Ghosts, By Rebecca Stott

Before 'Origin of Species', many European and Arabic thinkers had outlined the principles of natural selection.

Jonathan Trott (left) hits the winning runs at Trent Bridge yesterday

Andrew Strauss: 'Each time we make history, I feel part of something special'

Shortly after tea in the second Test yesterday, England made history. More history, it could be said, for a team which has made such activity routine.

All eyes on Blair as he takes stand at Leveson

Martin Hickman on what the former PM should be asked about his relations with Murdoch empire

Outdated financial laws are a worry for foreign investors in Dubai

High-flyers turn hunger strikers after Dubai desert dream ends in jail

Twenty expats adopt tactics of political radicals to protest at unjust law

Two Britons die in separate Gran Canaria hiking incidents

Two Britons have died in separate incidents while holidaying in Gran Canaria - just days after parts of the Canary Islands were issued with heatwave warnings.

Evacuation after WWII bomb find in Denmark

About 60 people have been evacuated from the area surrounding a construction site on a Danish island where a possible Second World War bomb has been found.

Anders Breivik: I'm the victim of a racist plot

Desperate to prove he is not insane, mass killer Anders Breivik today claimed questions about his mental health were part of racist plot to discredit his extreme anti-Muslim ideology.

'Costa Concordia' salvage to begin in next few weeks

Work to remove the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship from its rocky perch off Tuscany will begin early next month and is expected to take 12 months.

Maldives president Mohammed Waheed Hassan paves way for early election

The Maldives president has announced that he will call for an early presidential election amid opposition demands following a contentious power transfer earlier this year.

Lyon savages West Indies

Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon took five wickets in the final session to end West Indies' fightback on day three of the second Test in Port of Spain.

Viceroy, Vagaru Island, Shaviyani Atoll, Maldives

The Big Six: Luxury dive resorts

Viceroy, Maldives

Foraging on the hill-side

Scilly Isles: The flavours at your feet: fresh, wild and free

On a foraging break in the Isles of Scilly, Andy Lynes learns that the coastal vegetation that defines the archipelago tastes even better than it looks

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Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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Get well soon, Joan Rivers

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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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