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The Chief Executive of housing charity Shelter said families in alternative accommodation are left without roots and stability

Get me out of here - Caribbean, the Azores, camping in France

Now... If you're hankering for some heat, Thomas Cook has a week in the Caribbean for £939pp, departing between 13 April and 30 June. The package includes room-only at the Halcyon Cove By Rex Resorts in Antigua with Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick. Tcsignature.com

Nelson Mandela is 'responding to treatment' after returning to hospital with lung infection

Nelson Mandela breathing without difficulty

The former president had fluid drained from his lungs, enabling him to breathe more easily

Win a family surfing break in Cornwall

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Deals of the week - Nice, Tunisia, Thailand

Less than £200... Escape the big freeze with a short break to the more temperate climes of southern France. British Airways Holidays has a three-night city break in Nice for £160 per person, staying at the Hôtel Comté with room-only board and flights from Gatwick on 21 April. Ba.com/nice

Sarah Darling lost her engagement ring, which was found and looked after by homeless bay Bill Ray Harris

Luck changes for Billy Ray Harris, the homeless man who returned an engagement ring dropped into his beggar's cup

Couple’s online fund to raise the $4,000 Harris turned down now stands at $185,000

Pupils 'going hungry' because of cuts

Schools are being forced to axe breakfast clubs – with the result that poorer pupils are turning up for lessons hungry and unable to concentrate.

Country life: Weeke Barton’s sitting room

B&B and Beyond: Weeke Barton, Devon

An old longhouse in the Dartmoor countryside has been transformed into a sleek rural retreat

The Infatuations, By Javier Marías, trans. Margaret Jull Costa

After his epic trilogy, Spain's spellbinder returns with a Madrid tale of love, death and misunderstanding.

Postcard from... Jerusalem

I thought I was doing so well. Since arriving in Jerusalem as this paper’s correspondent I have made a concerted effort to get fit. After a few years on the foreign desk in London, and consequently getting little exercise, sleep, vegetables, etc, I thought I’d shed a few pounds by running round my new home.

Nearly five million Britons 'struggle to put a square meal on the table'

The food industry must do more to reduce the impact of high prices on the poor, the Kellogg company has said, claiming that nearly five million people in Britain are struggling to put nutritious meals on the table.

Northern Ireland: Terrorist attack foiled in Londonderry just minutes before mortars due to be fired at police station

'Mass fatalities' avoided in major coup for security forces as three men arrested

An El Balcon del Born’ bedroom

B&B and Beyond: El Balcon del Born, Barcelona

A welcome addition to Barcelona's B&Bs offers elegance and style in one of the city's oldest districts, says Sarah Gordon

The Big Six: Panama retreats

Tropical forest, beach-facing suites and luxury tents

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada