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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British hitchhiker shot dead by US border patrolman

AN AMERICAN border patrolman shot and killed an unarmed British hitchhiker who had jumped over the fence from Canada, United States officials said yesterday.

Bondi Beach attacker is cleared of killing

RELATIVES OF a British postman killed on Bondi Beach, Sydney, wept and said they were outraged after an Australian court acquitted his assailant of murder.

Backpackers and holiday-makers still row over who has the moral high ground. This smugness has got to stop

Last week poor old backpackers were coming under the cosh again for their decadent behaviour whilst abroad. Far from immersing themselves in the cultures of the countries they visit, they have instead (shock horror) been consuming illicit substances and having sex with one another.

Backpackers `only want sex and fast food'

BACKPACKERS, far from being conscientious, culture-seeking explorers, are now little different to package holiday tourists, according to new research.

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ONE OF the strangest customs associated with going on holiday is the need to make friends. From the moment the plane touches down, like seeks out like as someone to "do things with" in a sort of platonic holiday romance. All this is multiplied by a factor of several hundred when the holiday in question is one of those "spend three months discovering the soul of South America" experiences. But then, as one character in Gringos suggests, if the people who go on such major "life on hold" holidays had great lives at home, they wouldn't be there in the first place.

Khmer boss is jailed for killing Briton

THE KHMER Rouge commander accused of killing three foreign backpackers, including Mark Slater, a Briton, in the Cambodian jungle was yesterday given a life sentence in a packed Phnom Penh court yesterday.

Khmer Rouge man faces trial over slain tourists

THE TRIAL of the Khmer Rouge commander accused of the 1994 murder of three foreign backpackers, including a Briton, opens today in Phnom Penh.

After the peace deals are signed, the gawpers arrive. But post- war tourism also has something to be said for it

Now that the war in Kosovo may be coming to an end, the thoughts of some will turn to tourism in the area.

Britons home after ordeal

THREE BRITISH backpackers who survived a shipwreck in the Pacific arrived home yesterday to an emotional welcome. Scott Prince, 19, Louis Pymar, 18, and Debbie Hayes, 24, spent five hours clinging to the wreck of their Fijian water taxi before starting an equally long swim to safety.

Rugby Union: Howard's way leads Leicester towards title

Welford Road is grateful for an Australian solution to the club's injury problems at stand-off. By Chris Hewett

Backpacker hits quiz jackpot

MOST BACKPACKERS return home broke. Not so Paddy Spooner, a British traveller who won more than pounds 100,000 yesterday on an Australian television quiz show.

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