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The three-metre animal, believed to be a female tiger shark, was caught on bait lines and shot in the head four times at close range

Army training may have put tourists at risk on Pembrokeshire beach

A tourist beach outside a popular seaside resort may have been sprayed with machine gun fire during training in which an Army ranger was shot dead.

British tourists 'released after being kidnapped in Egypt'

Two British tourists have been released after being briefly held by kidnappers in Egypt, reports say.

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Europe, from Scotland, on a budget

Q. I hope to have a family holiday this year with my husband, two sons (aged six and four), along with my 73-year-old mother in law. We are on a tight budget this year and are interested in France/Italy/Spain, however the internet is a mine field! We can drive if it's not too far. Can you recommend anything?

Caroline McDonald, Glasgow

Cuba is a fabulous island, but with some annoying habits to contend with – such as its mad financial system

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Coping with two currencies in Cuba

Q. My daughter is off to Cuba. Her worry is money. If the Cubans don't accept dollars, should she take pounds? And what is the best way of getting cash?

Name withheld

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: In search of a sunny holiday in March

Q. We are seeking the sun in March. Would you recommend Marawila in Sri Lanka, or Sinai in Egypt - or should we look elsewhere? We want a hot climate but we don't want high humidity or high winds.

Hillie MacLaren

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: How a 32-hour Christmas Day can save you money flying to LA

Q. I want to go to Los Angeles over Christmas and New Year but flights are so expensive. When can I bag a good deal?

Peter May, Romford

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: What are Madeira prices like in May?

Q. I am going to Madeira in May and would like to the prices for eating out, and also the cost of drinks.

Karen Eaton

Did Goa's hippy image hinder justice for murdered Scarlett?

The case against the two men accused of killing Scarlett Keeling has ground to a virtual halt, with the handling of the case awash with claims of political interference.

Police in inflatable rubber boats shoot at a shark off Muriwai Beach near Auckland as they attempt to retrieve a body following a fatal attack

Award-winning film-maker Adam Strange killed in shark attack off New Zealand beach

Police fired gunshots at huge predator before it disappeared

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: What are the rules about changing cash for India?

Q. I'm travelling to India next month. Is it true that I should buy my rupees in India, and that I can’t bring them back to the UK?

Susan Persaud

Get me out of here: Cornwall, Corfu, Sardinia

Now... St Mawes Retreats in Cornwall has four new self-catering houses available for week-long stays in March. Prices start at £549 for the Shellseekers cottage, which sleeps four, and rises to £1,800 for Moonrakers, which sleeps 12. Stmawesretreats.co.uk

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: How best to combine Toronto, Detroit and Niagara Falls

Q. I am planning a summer holiday this year with my husband and would love to go to Toronto, see the city and also visit Niagara Falls. We have friends in Detroit so I thought this would be a good opportunity to see them as well. I wondered how best to get ourselves to Detroit from Toronto. We're more than happy to hire a car but will crossing borders cause a huge problem that is best avoided? As we’re on holiday we’d prefer not to sit in airports when we could be seeing the scenery.

Alison Lawton

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Do we have to pay for an Australian visa if we hold British and Irish passports?

Q. We hold British and Irish passports. Do we have to pay for an Australian visa, or can we get them free?

Tracey Kelly, Luton

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: When should I book my Faro flight?

Q. I want to book a flight to Faro in September. Will the price go up every day from now, or could it get cheaper?

Loule Lou, by Twitter

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: What's the best deal for one-way to Oz?

Q. I am planning a one-way trip to Oz from Edinburgh, time and changes no object. Any suggestions? My dad says you're in the know.

@WeeSlice, by Twitter

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