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The family of Jayden Parkinson are "heartbroken and devastated "following the discovery of a body yesterday evening in a cemetery, Thames Valley Police said this morning.

Alec Brown and Erica Klintworth got trapped for nine days in New Zealand after a snowstorm in a mountain range on the South Island

Two survive nine days in New Zealand blizzard

Two American students who were trapped in the wilderness by a snowstorm trekked to safety, surviving for nine days by rationing their meagre supply of snacks and keeping warm in hot springs.

Ireland call up Gavin Duffy after Keith Earls is ruled out of second Test against New Zealand

Ireland have called up Connacht's Gavin Duffy after ruling Keith Earls out of the second Test against New Zealand.

Ireland head coach Declan Kidney

Uncapped Irish trio earn chance

The Ireland head coach, Declan Kidney, is set to finalise his 29-man squad for the New Zealand tour after tonight's game against the Barbarians at Kingsholm.

Declan Kidney: The Ireland coach's lack of Lions experience counts against him in terms of the top position

Declan Kidney knows Ireland must play without fear in New Zealand

Ireland head coach Declan Kidney knows his side must play with no fear if they are to upset world champions New Zealand on their own patch.

The ticket: The Star Alliance is 15 years old, and is cutting its round-the-world economy fare for bookings made up to 29 May by 15 per cent (but, because it does not apply to taxes, the effective reduction is more like 12 per cent)

News Kiwis will love or hate: they're almost out of Marmite

New Zealand's Marmite lovers have been told to spread sparingly as manufacturers are warning of an impending shortage of the yeast extract.

Slow progress in Christchurch one year after quake

As families of the 185 people killed in the Christchurch earthquake marked the one-year anniversary of the disaster today, signs of a city still broken were all around them.

Christchurch hit by new earthquakes

A series of strong earthquakes struck Christchurch, New Zealand, today, rattling buildings, sending goods tumbling from shelves and prompting terrified Christmas shoppers to flee into the streets.

The world is your oyster: a RTW itinerary could involve seductive cities such as Tokyo

Round the world: a once-in-a-lifetime journey

As fuel prices and air fares shoot up, a single trip that takes a selection of the world's greatest hits starts to make sense again

Travel Challenge: A two-week holiday in New Zealand

Each week we invite three companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a two-week trip to New Zealand. Prices are per person based on two sharing. All include Air New Zealand flights from Heathrow in early February.

A World Cup painted glorious black

New Zealand lived up to its promises with a tournament that expressed a national passion

James Lawton: Slade stands as a lonely figure in nation mourning a missing genius

First dawn down by the water at Tanapuka and Colin Slade, the young, unheralded man who has to walk in the shoes of the world's most talented rugby player, might be forgiven if he falters for a moment, turns and runs.

So can anybody stop All Black juggernaut?

They have said it many times,in many ways, but it can be summarised in one sentence from Craig Dowd, who told a radio audience last week: "The only team who's going to beat the All Blacks is the All Blacks." And the listeners up and down this country – simultaneously en fête and on the edge of a nervous breakdown – smiled and nodded and agreed and crossed their fingers, trusting to God or their own personal spirit that the craggy-faced old prop was right.

Martin Johnson touched by 'tragic' Christchurch

Three days before England should have been opening their Rugby World Cup campaign in Christchurch, Martin Johnson led a red rose delegation on a goodwill visit to the earthquake-torn city.

Traveller's Guide: New Zealand

This week, sports fans are aiming for the far side of the world for the Rugby World Cup – but the host nation has plenty to offer away from the pitch.
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Vietnam
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South Africa
Spain
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?