News A red bellied piranha, similar to the palometas that have injured bathers in attacks in Argentina

The fish already injured swimmers cooling down from the heat last month

Argentinian foreign minister says 'not one single country' supports UK right to govern over Falkland Islands

Hector Timerman came to London to advance Argentina’s diplomatic offensive on the Falkland Islands. But such is the impasse between London and Buenos Aires, he was forced instead make his case from a sofa in his country’s Mayfair embassy.

The case for an independent Falklands

In 30 years' time, a Spanish-speaking president may be in the White House

The Denise Milani conspiracy: 'Honey trap' professor gets five years in Argentina jail

I thought I was meeting Miss Bikini World, says physicist caught with 2kg of cocaine

Britain's world No 1 James Willstrop (white shirt) in action

Squash: Sport hopes it is third time lucky in bid to join exclusive Olympic club

After making changes to please the IOC, the sport is confident of winning race to be at 2020 Games

Now: The Kasbah Angour is a Moroccan retreat in the Atlas Mountains, with pretty gardens, Berber music nights and walking trails. During September, it has four-nights for £299 per person with full-board and airport transfers. Flights extra. kasbahangour.com

Get me out of here: Morocco, Maasai Mara and Rio

Now... The Kasbah Angour is a Moroccan retreat in the Atlas Mountains, with pretty gardens, Berber music nights and walking trails. During September, it has four-nights for £299 per person with full-board and airport transfers. Flights extra. kasbahangour.com

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will raise the Falklands at the UN

Referendum to be held in bid to end sovereignty row

The Falkland Islands is to hold a referendum on its "political status", with the aim of sending a message to Argentina and bringing an end the continuing sovereignty dispute.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will raise the Falklands at the UN

Falklands to hold 2013 referendum in bid to settle sovereignty dispute

Surprise announcement on eve of Argentine President's attempt to step up pressure at UN

Falklanders to hold referendum

The Falkland Islands are to hold a referendum on their "political status" - hoping to bring an end to the continuing dispute with Argentina over the islands' sovereignty, their government said today.

'Christ the Redeemer' statue, atop the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Q&A Travel unravelled: The ideal itinerary for a three week ‘open-jaw’ trip through southern South America

Q My 22-year-old son and two student friends are going to South America in August for three weeks. They fly out to Rio de Janeiro, and back from Buenos Aires. They are thinking of bussing across Uruguay between the two cities. Would it be better to just book a flight? Kathleen Mulholland

Brad of heaven: If we have learned one thing this season, it is that Brad Barritt can defend; what's more, he can read attacks and cut them off intelligently

David Flatman: It's simple. England must play the Boks at their own game

Dan Cole could well be the key man on the ground, despite being the quietest

BBC axes Total Wipeout

Richard Hammond's Saturday night TV series Total Wipeout is being axed.

British scientist 'caught with 2kg of cocaine' held in Argentina

A distinguished British scientist has been arrested in Argentina after police allegedly found two kilograms of cocaine in his suitcase.

Mancini leaves Tevez to stew

Carlos Tevez has been left to stew over the interview which has caused Manchester City such anger, with the striker still awaiting a first meeting with manager Roberto Mancini, four days after returning from Argentina.

Mark Thompson: The BBC director general has ordered an end to the practice of acquiring news programmes for 'low or nominal cost' after the BBC admitted breaches of its editorial guidelines and buying documentaries

BBC to issue global apology for documentaries that broke rules

Independent revealed programmes were made by third-party in pay of governments and firms

She says: 'I want to ask the British prime minister to give peace a chance, not war.'

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner: The iron lady of the Malvinas

As tension mounts 30 years on from the Falklands War, Argentina's leader is seizing the moment

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