News File image: A British mother and daughter are among four people injured in an explosion at a Tenerife hotel

Investigation now underway into what caused the blast at the Bahia Principe hotel

Ned Collier Wakefield (left) and Sam Goodchild have been forced out of their second Transat Jacque Vabre in succession

British youngsters suffer gear failure in doublehanded Transat Jacques Vabre race

Britain's best young hopes for success in the doublehanded Transat Jacques Vabre have become the latest victims of gear failure.

Arkema team await rescue in Transat Jacques Vabre race after 50-foot catamaran overturns

Lalou Roucayrol and Mayeul Riffel are just short of Lisbson

Yacht racing billionairess Dona Bertarelli sees her team smash record for the Route of Discovery

The voyage originally completed by Christopher Columbus was covered in six days 14hrs 29mins 21secs

Bites reported across London and Kent as south east sees influx of Britain's most poisonous spider

Rising temperatures are forcing false widow spiders up north

Tour of Spain: Helicopter rides back to hotel 'unfair,' says Alejandro Valverde

Spain's Alejandro Valverde thinks riders who fly back to their hotels by helicopter in the Tour of Spain have an unfair advantage.

Deals of the week - a Dublin break, a Barcelona escape, Lanzarote dining

Less than £200: Make the most of your bank holiday this month, with a two-night break in Dublin. Cresta Holidays is offering the trip for £199pp, including B&B at the three-star Lansdowne Hotel and Aer Lingus flights from Heathrow on Saturday 24 August. Crestaholidays.co.uk

Deals of the week - Barcelona, cruising Venice to Athens, El Hierro

Less than £200... For £189pp, Teletext Holidays has a break in Barcelona. Spend mornings admiring Gaudi's creations, afternoons on the beach, then crash out at the Tryp Apolo where two nights' room-only is included with easyJet flights from Liverpool on 13 August. Teletextholidays.co.uk

Deals of the week - Champagne, Canary Islands, Cathay Pacific

Less than £200... Great Escapes has three-night short break in France's Champagne region for £167pp. The deal includes P&O car-ferry crossing from Dover to Calais between 28 July and 5 September, with B&B at the Novotel Tinqueux on the outskirts of Reims. Greatescapes.co.uk

Budget airline easyJet axes allocated seating – then reinstates it after passenger fury

Thousands of holidaymakers who had paid for allocated seats on easyJet flights were told they would instead have to join a free-for all.

Magnus Olsson has died in Spain after suffering a stroke at the age of 64

Sailing: Magnus Olsson dies in Spain, age 64

Magnus Olsson has died in Spain after suffering a stroke at the age of 64. He had previously survived two heart attacks, which are not thought to be connected to the stroke.

Man bailed over Lanzarote 'kidnap bid' on girl, 3

A 62-year-old man arrested in connection with the alleged abduction of a three-year-old girl in the Canary Islands has been released on bail.

Cycling in Lanzarote

Man held in connection with alleged attempted abduction of three-year-old girl in Lanzarote

Police in London have arrested a man in connection with the alleged attempted abduction of a three-year-old girl in the Canary Islands.

Police hunt man who tried to lead three-year-old British girl away from father on Lanzarote

British police are attempting to find a man who tried to snatch a three-year-old girl from her parents in the Canary Islands.

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