Travel Touch base: the portable loos on Aconcagua

The man who pays his way

Mr and Mrs Smith's gift cards are redeemable against any of the collection's hotels, which start at £70 per night

Travel gifts: Upgrade your Christmas list

Globetrotting friends? Sophie Lam has the perfect presents

Wearing number two and lying second Giles Scott is determined to challenge Olympic champion Ben Ainslie for the Finn title at the world championships of sailing off Fremantle, W Australia

Ben Ainslie grabs slender lead at World Sailing Championships

In a slug it out, last man standing confrontation between rival members of a British squad that is eclipsing the rest of the world, the Finn class world championship, one of 10 being staged off Fremantle, W. Australia, saw reigning Olympic champion Ben Ainslie grab a slender lead over reigning European champion Giles Scott.

Police delay eviction of Occupy LA camp

Police in riot gear began closing in early today on some 2,000 anti-Wall Street activists who defied a midnight deadline to vacate an eight-week-old encampment outside Los Angeles City Hall as some protesters blocked traffic.

Leading article: The camp may have been cleared, but the protest lives on

It is understandable that the protesters at Zuccotti Park were angry and distressed when their Occupy Wall Street camp was broken up in the small hours of the morning. From a distance, it is hard to gauge how far the health and safety grounds cited by the New York City Mayor in defence of the operation were justified, but camps – however orderly – can outstay their welcome, even when protected by the First Amendment. Local residents have rights, too.

Funding threat to Pakistan flood relief

Western aid agencies in Pakistan warned yesterday that they might have to halt flood relief efforts in the cash-strapped country because of funding shortfalls.

Veteran injured in police battle as tension rises in US

In Atlanta, police arrested 53 protesters who were camping in the city's park downtown

Margareta Pagano: St Paul's protesters should convert Cameron and UK's business leaders

Those at the top are naive if they thought that they could turn a blind eye to the aftermath of the crash and still hope to stay in control

My DIY African adventure

Leslie Woit takes the road less travelled on a self-drive safari in Namibia, Zambia and Botswana

Corsica: Beach bliss on a wild isle

After the summer crowds have dispersed, Corsica's idyllic coastal campsites are free to enjoy in perfect peace, says Tristan Rutherford

Barbecue fumes poison five holidaymakers

Five holidaymakers are being treated in hospital after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning while camping.

The Long Goodbye, By Meghan O'Rourke

Oh, what a beautiful mourning

Traveller's Guide: California's National Parks

This remarkable US state does weird and wild like no other, so take your pick of giant trees, volcanic pools, huge waterfalls or flowering cacti.

Third operation for leader who shot killer bear

One of the leaders of the Arctic expedition in which a British public schoolboy was mauled to death by a polar bear is to undergo a third operation today on his injuries.

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London