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

Seven islands, seven landscapes: The Canary Island's busy network of ferries offers the chance to see plenty of great sea life and shore-scapes

There are two essentials to island hopping, namely islands with enough contrast to warrant a hop, and an easy means of making such a hop. These days, it's easy to take in the multiple personalities of the Canary Islands in only a few short hops by hydrofoil and high-speed ferry.

Travel Agenda: The Sun and Snow Travel Show; La Semaine du Goût; Canary Islands

Today: The Sun and Snow Travel Show takes place at the New Connaught Rooms in London, 9.30am-6pm. The free show features talks, prize draws, discounts on holidays and inspiration for your next trip ( tiny.cc/f1CtM ).

Stay the night: Finca de Arrieta, Lanzarote

An organic finca in north-east Lanzarote offers stylish living and all mod cons

Wind fans flames of Canary Island fire

Strong winds fanned forest fires on the Canary Island of La Palma, and firefighters were forced to retreat as flames raged out of control near two towns.

Fires rage on Spain's Canary Islands

Officials say strong winds are fanning forest fires for a second day on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma.

Luxury yacht couple jailed over benefits con

A couple who ran a £40,000 benefits swindle while sailing the world on a luxury yacht were jailed today.

Rock star: The volcanic attraction of Tenerife

Tenerife offers winter sun in abundance – and has a brand-new water park to entertain the family. But it's the dramatic volcano at the island's heart that really takes your breath away

Property abroad: Tenerife

Find solace, sun and inspiring architecture in northern Tenerife, says Laura Latham

Kempton lose Lanzarote Hurdle as cold snap bites hard

Racing on turf is unlikely to return until Friday, with Kelso in the Scottish Borders the current, somewhat unlikely, favourite to stage the next National Hunt racing on grass.

British expat is beaten to death with baseball bat in Tenerife

A British woman has been beaten to death with a baseball bat on the holiday island of Tenerife.

Family travel: 'We want to fly light, but what about all the baby stuff?'

Q We are going to Tenerife for a wedding in January and flying on a low-cost carrier. Since we are only going for a long weekend (and having experienced suitcase-in-transit-disappearance in the past) we are aiming to take hand luggage only. However, we are also travelling with our six month-old twins and this will be the first time they have been abroad. Is there any way we can avoid checking in luggage (baby-liquids and so on)? P Lawton, Northants

Richey Edwards: Guitarist and lyricist with the Manic Street Preachers who disappeared in 1995

When Manic Street Preachers' lyricist Richey Edwards disappeared from his room at the Embassy Hotel in London's Bayswater district on the night of 1 February 1995, he set in motion one of rock 'n' roll's most enduring mysteries. He had been due to fly with the band's guitarist and singer James Dean Bradfield to America the following day for promotional duties, and like the Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, who took his own life on the eve of an American tour, he may have felt that the prospect of transatlantic success in some way compromised his artistic principles. But although his passport was found back at his apartment in Cardiff, and his car found abandoned a fortnight later at the Aust motorway services overlooking the River Severn, Edwards himself has never been seen since.

Hughes’s circular journey on the road less travelled

As travel magazine ‘Wanderlust’ celebrates its 100th issue, Lyn Hughes tells Sophie Morris about its beginnings

Family travel: 'Where can we enjoy some sun in December?'

Q. We are hoping to take our four-year-old son away for a pre-Christmas short break. As it will be during the week before Christmas, we don't want to fly too far. Where will we be guaranteed reasonable sunshine and some nice outdoor activities? D Elms, via email

Spanish airline suspends flights

A Spanish-based airline which flew to European hotspots from UK airports airport has suspended all flights due to its "financial situation".

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee