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From the one who “Came to Tea” to Life of Pi, there is a PhD thesis waiting to be written about tigers as a metaphor in fiction. The beast that stalks this unusual Australian literary debut is an imaginary one, but to Ruth, a 75-year-old widow whose two adult sons dutifully watch over her from homes abroad, he’s terrifyingly real. At night she wakes to hear him prowling her isolated beach house in New South Wales and wonders if she’s losing her mind.

Former premier held by police

The former Prime Minister of Fiji has been arrested by the country's autocratic regime on charges that he broke emergency regulations by holding public meetings.

Hughes: Tories who oppose voting reform are Neanderthals

Fresh tensions at the top of the coalition erupted last night last night as a senior Liberal Democrat branded their Conservative coalition partners "Neanderthals" who had not "arrived in the 21st century".

Pirate radio tries to beat repression in paradise

Fiji's democratic opposition hopes to evade military leader's draconian censorship

Tonga overturns British judge's flogging sentence

Critics say government interference in judiciary is endangering democracy on South Pacific island

Soldiers killed in Afghanistan are named

Two soldiers shot dead in separate incidents in the Nad-e Ali district of Afghanistan on Tuesday have been named by the Ministry of Defence as Corporal Taniela Tolevu Rogoiruwai, 32, and Kingsman Ponipate Tagitaginimoce, 29, both of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

Johnson given fillip by Australia's front-row worries

Australia 49 Fiji 3

Clermont make it 11th time lucky for first title

After 10 defeats in as many finals stretching back to before the Second World War, Clermont Auvergne tasted glory at long last by defeating the holders Perpignan 19-6 to clinch their first French championship title at the Stade de France on Saturday.

Donated book makes Oxfam £37k

Oxfam had its biggest windfall at an auction after a 19th-century book that was donated to one of the charity's shops sold for £37,200.

Splash out: Make waves in the world's most stylish dive resorts

Whether you plan to dive, snorkel or just relax, these extracts from the new edition of 'Dive in Style' by Tim Simond reveal some of the best places on the planet to enjoy life above and below the ocean waves

Gold mine quadruples sales

Vatukoula, a gold miner that is listed on the Alternative Investment Market, is expected to announce a near doubling of its sales tomorrow.

Fiji declares a state of emergency for cyclone aid

Fiji declared a state of emergency today and ordered troops to launch relief operations in northern regions battered by a powerful cyclone that knocked out power and forced thousands of people to flee into shelters.

Former All Black sorry for groping teen

Former All Black Robin Brooke has apologised on national television to the teenage girl whose backside he groped in Fiji on New Year's Eve and will undergo alcohol counselling, donate to charity and reimburse airfares and legal fees.

Moray swings Low for Scots but it's never on a Sunday for Murray

Moray Low's memory of what happened on the pitch when he first came to Murrayfield for a Scotland-France game is somewhat hazy. "I was a kid with my dad, sitting in the corner up there," the Glasgow prop recalled, pointing towards the junction of the west and north stands. "I was only five and all these French people were shouting and cheering and blowing trumpets. I had a big French guy next to me smoking a cigar and I was scared of him. I wanted to go before the end."

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