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Winter sports: In search of the high life

Based at the highest ski city in the alps, Arnie Wilson tackles the black runs of Serre Chevalier, then heads off on a nature trail to discover secrets beneath the snow

Travel warnings as UK gets moving

Britons on the move over the bank holiday weekend will have to contend with disrupted journeys, a possible strike on Eurotunnel services, and cool and showery weather.

Inside Travel: Pooches in Paris

Does Paris merit its dog-friendly reputation? <b>JoAnne Good</b> and <b>Anna Webb</b> take their bulldog and bull terrier across the Channel to find out

Detained: bus driver suspected of being hitman for Rwandan President

With his Belgian passport and job as a Brussels bus driver, Norbert Rukimbira would not have stood out as a suspected international assassin as he sat on board the Eurolines coach that pulled into the passport control building at Folkestone’s Eurotunnel terminal three weeks ago.

Picardy: The Somme's tragic history is inescapable, but there is charm

Today, the Somme is the artery through one of the prettiest regions of northern France. The river begins its 245km journey across Picardy as a spring of exceptionally clear water that bubbles out of the chalk landscape near the village of Fonsommes. It is a wooded, peaceful spot, befitting a river whose name derives from a Celtic word meaning "tranquillity".

Travellers to France warned over protests

Half-term holidaymakers heading for France were today warned to expect widespread travel disruption due to continuing protests against French Government pension reforms.

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Pandora: Another uphill struggle for David

Having previously succeeded Alastair Campbell at the helm of an increasingly troubled Downing Street spin machine, it's safe to say David Hill is a man well-accustomed to a political challenge.