Tour de France: Voeckler climbs high to retain yellow jersey

Frenchman finds his comfort zone on the steep slopes of the Pyrenees as he renews hopes of first home podium since 1997

Gill’s Cruise Centre goes bust: what are the consequences?

Tens of thousands of holidaymakers who have booked with a wide range of cruise lines have learned that their travel agent has gone out of business.

Tour de France: Thor Hushovd takes stunning victory in latest stage

World champion Thor Hushovd today foiled Jeremy Roy's bid for a first Tour de France stage win with a stunning victory in Lourdes.

Tour de France: Contador suffers in the Pyrenees after Thomas's dramatic climb

Alberto Contador's status as cycling's No 1 took its biggest step backwards in four years yesterday on the slopes of Luz Ardiden – on the same day that Geraint Thomas came the closest a Briton has been to taking a high mountain Tour stage since Robert Millar in 1989.

Cycling: Vinokourov tumbles out of the Tour for good on another day of crashes

Sky's Juan Antonio Flecha is knocked off his bike by a car as the Frenchman Thomas Voekler takes yellow jersey before rest day

Sloane Crosley: 'I'd rather have a root canal than have my photo taken'

There are certain tricks all adult women are supposed to have mastered by my age. Most of them revolve around the delicate matters of maintenance and hygiene. Some revolve around the opposite – you should know how to use a power drill, how to negotiate, how rent a car, how to boil water.

Cycling: Mark Cavendish wins fifth stage of Tour de France

Great Britain's Mark Cavendish claimed a sensational victory on the fifth stage of the Tour de France on a day of thrills and spills in Brittany.

Cycling: Millar powers Garmin to win and Hushovd into yellow

Five seconds split top five teams as Sky's Thomas just misses out on overall lead

Traveller's Guide: The Great Lakes

Staggering in their size and beauty, North America's freshwater wonders offer the chance to experience nature and adventure.

Travel Challenge: A family road trip in California

Every week we invite three competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a fortnight's fly-drive in California in early August. Prices are for two adults and two children (aged 2-11), including flights from Heathrow, with room-only accommodation and car rental...

RAC sold for £1bn

RAC - the UK's second largest breakdown recovery group - was sold by insurer Aviva in a £1 billion deal with private equity group Carlyle today.

Ten Top...Hotels in Forts

1. Spain

An 18th-century Arabic fortress is the home of the Parador at Jaen in Andalucia. Its 45 rooms cost from £125 per night B&B through keytel.co.uk.

Greece: The man who fell for Mani's charms

Travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, who died last week, called this Peloponnese peninsula home. <b>Andrew Eames</b> makes a pilgrimage

Video: Armed robbery caught on CCTV

Police in Florida have released CCTV footage of an armed robbery at a car rental store.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
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Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
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Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

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Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
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Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
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Is bridge becoming hip?

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Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

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The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
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'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada