News March 1974: Hiroo Onoda (2nd left) walking from the jungle where he had hidden since World War II. Onoda has died at the age of 91

Second Lt. Onoda, who finally surrendered in 1974, has died at the age of 91

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Guide is Rough and so is holiday

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Letter: Good hostel guide

Letter: Good hostel guide

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Rock: Australian sparkling whine

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The Secret Of My Success: Peter Gordon

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Travel: Safari on a frayed shoestring

Who needs air-conditioned luxury when you can see the best of South Africa from a battered truck?

Kidnap gang leader caught in Cambodia

A FORMER Khmer Rouge guerrilla suspected of being responsible for the killings of three young Western tourists in 1994 has been arrested after being lured to Cambodia's capital by police.

Travel: Brochure of the week

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Travel: Global Myths - No 22

Another story from the travellers' grapevine

Letter: Never too old

Sir: In her article about turning fifty (28 May) Bel Mooney bemoans the fact that she will never now backpack around India. I celebrate my 50th birthday in five week, and am doing just that: together with a friend who passes the same milestone in the same month I am backpacking round India this summer. Our route will cover over 2,000 miles from the deserts of Rajahstan to the beaches of Kerala. Pack your rucksack Bel - it's not too late to join us!

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