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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