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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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?