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

Cancun was meant to kick-start the world economy. Now pessimism reigns

Global rifts remain deep ahead of the WTO's gathering in Mexico next month

Family travel Q&A : In the swim down Mexico way

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Travel: My family and other tourists

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2,000 Britons flee 180mph hurricane

THE FIRST of about 2,000 British tourists caught in thepath of the 180mph winds from Hurricane Mitch were being flown to safety last night.

Travel: Cancun: Mexico's last resort

A brand-new scheduled flight to Mexico's main Caribbean resort opens up the Yucatn Peninsula to travellers. But the excesses on the island drove Simon Calder to drink tequila, inevitably

Network: Laptop manufacturers want to steer us away from easy connectivity, to keep us coming back for more advanced (ie, expensive) upgrades

The world is divided into haves and have nots - those who have laptops and those who don't. The great portable elite of the techno world and the desktop-bound masses. The first group has forked out something in the region of pounds 3,000 for the apparent privilege of work mobility. The second group dreams about being able to travel and work from the beach, eyeing enviously the Ubermen with their sleek black notebooks, leisurely browsing the Internet in the Hawaiian hotel lounge.

All-Souls: Mexican Ways

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Mexico: survival guide

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Mexican guerrillas launch attack on soft target of tourism

Phil Davison reports from Huatulco on a wave of armed raids by unkown revolutionaries which has stunned the country

Guerrillas kill 13 in raids on Mexican resorts

In Mexico's most dramatic uprising since the 1994 Zapatista rebellion, more than 140 heavily armed guerrillas launched bloody attacks in two popular tourist areas on Wednesday night and last night, killing 13 people and wounding 21.

A TRAVELLER'S CALENDAR; APRIL

Easter ushers in high prices this month, and wherever you go you will probably have to contend with the holiday crowds. The crisp spring weather in southern Europe makes this time of year ideal for walkers, sightseers and explorers, but it's still strictly paddling only in the chilly Mediterranean. In the Caribbean, it's the end of high season and the beginning of package-brochure "summer".
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