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 .

What if ... JFK had been bald?

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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee