News The cruise liner Lyubov Orlova, shown here among ice in Antarctica, has been drifting without a crew in the north Atlantic for the past year

UPDATE: Experts say the cruise liner, adrift in the north Atlantic, may have succumbed to stormy weather conditions

Pan-American Games: Canada stripped of hockey gold

CANADA WAS stripped of its gold medal in roller hockey yesterday after goaltender Steve Vezina tested positive for three banned drugs .

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Plane chaos after pilot loses glasses

A BRITISH holiday jet with 220 passengers on board scraped the ground during an unsuccessful landing after its crew repeatedly deviated from normal procedures and the pilot made a series of "flawed decisions", according to an accident report published yesterday.

Travel: Love, Haiti and the pounds 200 lunch

Poor but expensive, fertile but deforested, this beautiful Caribbean island still has much to offer. By Richard Naisby

Books: Death in the sugar cane

D The Farming of Bones by Edwige Danticat Abacus pounds 9.99

The secret life of merengue island

There's more to the Dominican Republic than the all-inclusive package-tour enclaves - Frank's Disco Car Wash for a start. Philip Sweeney heads for the interior

Hurricane experts admit they failed

THIS YEAR'S hurricane season, which ended yesterday, was catastrophic not only for the 12,000 or so who died and hundreds of thousands who lost their homes. It was a disaster for the weather forecasters.

Television: Heard on air

Accusing Cilla of anything approaching cruelty is like saying Rolf Harris pulls the ears off fluffy rabbits.

BASKETBALL: Leopards give debut to Moore

GREATER LONDON Leopards, after just two wins from five games, aim to direct their Budweiser League title defence back on course tomorrow with their new signing, Tim Moore, lining up against Newcastle Eagles at Brentwood Leisure Centre, writes Richard Taylor.

US aid reaches stricken Caribbean island

THE AMERICAN relief effort for the Dominican Republic gained momentum yesterday, as tons of bottled water and plastic sheeting were ferried in for thousands of struggling storm victims.

300 dead, thousands homeless on islands

RESCUE WORKERS in the Dominican Republic pulled more bodies from the mud, water, and rubble left behind yesterday by Hurricane Georges. At least 307 people died in the storm that ravaged the Caribbean.

Castro tricks ever-present death squads

WHEN FIDEL CASTRO arrived in the Dominican Republic for a Caribbean summit last weekend he flew in, as always, on one of two identical Tupolev airliners. That way, anyone trying to blow him up would have only a 50- 50 chance of doing so. Two Dominican fighter planes escorted the Tupolevs.

Building a better life in the shadow of death

Can you fight cancer and the medical establishment at the same time? By Jeremy Laurance

Travel: Fantasy flight to merengue land

A holiday in the Caribbean for the same price as crossing the channel? Claire Gervat jumps on a last-minute flight to the Dominican Republic and discovers a winning destination

Travel: Brochures of the week

Given the potential for sentimental tosh in a brochure entitled Weddings in Paradise, this one doesn't do badly. There is a certain amount of waffle at the start ("Imagine ... a lush tropical garden where you and your partner are standing side by side
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Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

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Tour de France 2015: Twins Simon and Adam Yates have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

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John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

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