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A British teenager who fell six floors from the corridor walkway of a Spanish holiday apartment has emerged from a coma, the hotel said today.

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Choosing street names is not the most challenging task on the municipal agenda in Spanish towns and cities. Saints, military heroes and nobility provide plenty of scope, as demonstrated by a sequence of plazas in the middle of Madrid named for San Miguel, Comandante Moreras and Isabel II.

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Holidaymakers, parents and children perished in the Madrid crash, but some travellers had very lucky escapes, reports Elizabeth Nash

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Investigators examining the causes of the Spanair Flight JK5022 crash will be keen to inspect the plane's black box recorder, which will reveal the exact chain of events that ended with the MD-82 hurtling into a field and catching fire at Madrid's Barajas airport.

The Survivors: They missed the flight by just three minutes

She was waiting for her 13-year-old and 14-year-old children at Las Palmas airport when she heard about the crash in Madrid.

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Two women have been charged over the murders of the British honeymoon couple Ben and Catherine Mullany in Antigua, police said last night.

Houellebecq's first venture into movies ends in farce

As a novelist, Michel Houellebecq has long been the enfant terrible of French literature. As a film director, according to initial reactions to his first movie, he is simply terrible.

Hudson birdie blitz stymies her compatriot Reid to warm the home fires

Rebecca Hudson captured her second title in the space of three weeks with a final round 64 at the weather-interrupted English Open. The Englishwoman came from four shots behind her compatriot, overnight leader Melissa Reid – who has been mentored by Sir Clive Woodward, the British Olympic Association's director of elite performance – to take the title by a stroke on a wet and windy day at The Oxfordshire Golf Club.

Spanish twin sues over separation

A woman who found out she was a twin 28 years after being separated from her family, is suing health authorities in the Canary Islands for €3m (£2.4m).

Lanzarote - 'If Apple designed islands, they would look like this'

Lanzarote is an iLandscape of white villages set against black lava. It owes its unique look to local artist Cesar Manrique, says Sankha Guha

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