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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Till death do us part: serial killer finds love with translator

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Relocate: Turn over a new leaf in a life Down Under

A better quality of life and a growing economy is luring UK workers to Australia

Family blames daughter's death on the pursuit of most extreme sports

The parents of a British backpacker killed while river-boarding in New Zealand have accused extreme sports companies of trying to outdo one another.

Why spend a gap year at home when you could be helping villagers in South America?

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Anger over 'racist eviction' of Aboriginals from hostel

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Britons in Goa: Death, drugs and extortion: the ashes of a paradise lost

Once a backpacker's dream, Goa has become the stuff of nightmares

Mother of girl found dead in Goa accuses police of 'cover-up'

The mother of a British teenager has accused Indian police of "covering up" the death of her daughter, who she says was raped and murdered on a beach in Goa.

CCTV reveals final moments of murdered backpacker

Closed-circuit television pictures that show the last moments of the British backpacker Karen Aim before she was murdered in New Zealand have been released by police.

Cycling: Cooke takes bronze after losing out in bunch sprint finish

Britain's Nicole Cooke had to settle for a bronze medal in the women's road race at the World Championships in Salzburg on Saturday as the Dutch teenager Marianne Vos added the world road title to her world cyclo-cross title.

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