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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.

Warrant issued for Maldives ex-president Mohamed Nasheed

A Maldives court issued an arrest warrant for former President Mohamed Nasheed, one day after his supporters rampaged in the capital and his claim of being ousted by a coup left unclear the stability of the fledging Indian Ocean democracy.

Maldives president resigns amid growing unrest

The president of the island nation of Maldives, who became the country's first democratically elected leader in three decades, resigned today following weeks of sometimes violent public protests over his controversial order to arrest a senior judge.

Navy 'sends submarine to Falklands'

The Royal Navy is sending a nuclear submarine to the Falkland Islands amid heightened tensions between Britain and Argentina over the disputed islands, it was reported today.

Gunmen kidnap tourists in Philippines

Two tourists and their guide have been abducted by gunmen in the southern Philippines.

Sun, sea and silence: one of Kadmat's white sand beaches

Lakshadweep: All quiet on India's secret islands

Part of the same marine mountain range as the Maldives, the little-known Lakshadweep archipelago offers idyllic scenery – minus the crowds

Argentina hits back over Falklands

Argentina's president has hit back at British Prime Minister David Cameron's claims that her government has “colonialist” aims on the Falkland Islands.

Costa Concordia may have had unregistered passengers

Unregistered passengers might have been aboard the stricken cruise liner that capsized off a Tuscan island, raising the possibility that the number of missing might be higher than previously announced.

Divers find 13th Costa Concordia body

Divers have pulled out a woman's body from the capsized Costa Concordia, raising to 13 the number of dead in the January 13 accident off the Tuscan island of Giglio.

Captain Francesco Schettino faces questions about his movements

The ship twists and turns – and so does the captain and his story

Satellite information has shed further light on the last moves of the Costa Concordia but, as David Randall sifts through the evidence, he finds that the picture of what happened aboard the cruise ship on Friday the 13th is far from complete

Costa Concordia captain 'defied orders'

Five more bodies were recovered from a shipwreck off Italy today as an audio tape appeared to expose the captain defying orders to return to his vessel.

Spend your days lounging by Cala Mia's infinity pool gazing at the Pacific

Stay The Night: Cala Mia, Panama

Set apart from the big mainland resorts, this low-key luxury retreat on Isla Boca Brava offers sanctuary, says Sarah Gilbert

The Costa Concordia off the Italian coast yesterday

Captain held as cruise ship hits rock and sinks

Claims that commanding officer saved lives – but then left hours before last of passengers and crew

Deals of the week: Berlin, Sharm el Sheikh, Cape Verde

Less than £200... Berlin call

Now the season of corporeal indulgence is over, serve your cultural appetite with a city break in the German capital. A three-night stay at the centrally placed Angleterre Hotel with easyJet Holidays costs £179 per person, which includes breakfast and flights from Gatwick on 28 February. The hotel is located on the same street as Checkpoint Charlie, the crossing point that once linked East and West Berlin. Holidays.easyjet.com

Stormy seas batter the stricken container ship Rena which has been wedged on a reef off New Zealand’s North Island for the past three months

Oil spill disaster threatens New Zealand

New Zealand braced for a new oil spill last night after a storm broke up a cargo ship that has caused the country's worst maritime environmental disaster.

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