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58-year-old needed 200 stitches after the animal tore through muscle in his thigh and hip

Vroom with a view: Exploring Thailand by scooter

Jack Barker takes a bumpy scooter ride through north-east Thailand, stopping off to visit ancient Buddhist temples, play 'snakes', and sample some 'dancing' shrimps

Turquoise Coast: Brian Patten takes to the water

Get off the road, get in a boat. The best way to see south-west Turkey is to cruise its coast in a gulet. It's a style of holiday that has got the poet Brian Patten hooked...

Questions Of Cash: The perils of buying spectacles abroad

Q.I bought two pairs of spectacles from an optician in Italy while on holiday at a cost of €1,200 (£840). The glasses were to be posted to my home address. They never arrived because Royal Mail says it delivered them to a neighbour's house and the neighbour claims never to have seen them. I can't get either Royal Mail or the optician to accept liability for the loss - the optician's best offer is to send me another two pairs at reduced price.
JM, London

Travel news: Go surf a kite

Travelling long-haul with children

You can go far with your children, if you plan carefully. Charlie French went to Mexico to prove the point

Howard-Letwin 2005 is less credible than Hague-Portillo 2001. Astonishing!

The strange plight of the Conservative Party is perfectly illustrated by our opinion poll today. It finds that 71 per cent of people believe illegal immigration to be out of control under Labour, that 41 per cent say that it could affect the way they vote - and that the Labour lead has widened to eight points.

Niall FitzGerald: Revive world trade talks for the sake of the poor

From a speech by the chairman of Unilever at the London Business School

Robert Zoellic: America wants trade agreements to protect the environment

Remarks by the United States Trade Representative on bringing environmental considerations into the WTO talks in Cancun

Leading lights at the conference table

Hewitt warns of steel war

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Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

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World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

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Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
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No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

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Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy