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The love that dare not speak its name, especially to the wife

Woman shot dead on Caribbean honeymoon

A newly-wed doctor was shot dead and her husband critically injured during their Carribean honeymoon.

The Travel Issue: Antigua in March

As we bobbed gently in our motor launch a few hundred yards offshore from one of the all-you-can-eat, compulsory-drinking-games-and-high-jinks resorts off the south-west coast of Antigua, our skipper, Prince, summed it all up. Passing us another beer as the sun went down, he nodded in the direction of the beach: "I worked there for five years, but now I can't imagine being anywhere but Carlisle Bay." We had to agree with him, and as he pushed the throttle and turned the boat, we thanked our lucky stars that that was where we were bound ...

At ease in Antigua

You don't have to be rich to visit the celebrity island of Antigua – but it helps to know a little about the fine art of doing nothing. By Mark C O'Flaherty

Matthew Norman's Media Diary

I'm sure Huw will master Arabic

Chamber Orchestra Of Europe / Aimard, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London <!-- none onestar twostar fourstar fivestar -->

What strange vocal noises the distinguished French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard makes when he conducts an orchestra: hummings, huffings and a kind of motorbike revving-up growl for emphases. Fortunately, it would take more than this to discommode so consummate an ensemble as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. One suspected they could give as polished and vivacious an account of Mozart's earliest fully characteristic symphony, No 29 in A major, without anyone to conduct them at all.

Rare failure for Lara as relentless Gayle moves on

South Africa 588-6 dec - West Indies 440-3

The desperate plight of a dispossessed people

The seizure of three boatloads of African migrants off the Canary Islands highlights the human anguish behind the immigration debate

DEALS OF THE WEEK: POST-MILLENNIUM WINTER SUN

If you've decided to stay at home over the millennium with a mug of cocoa, why not take advantage of the drop in prices in the New Year to indulge your travel fantasies? The sun will still be shining, even in 2000.

Family Travel: How to chase the winter sun Q&A

The Independent Parent: Your Questions Answered

A Short Break In Antigua

Stephen Roe finds it all too easy to leave his watch behind as he parties his way around the largest of the Leeward Islands

Obituary: Vere Bird

VERE BIRD is revered by his compatriots as the father of Antiguan independence and admired in the rest of the Caribbean as a tireless advocate of regional economic integration. He founded a political dynasty that, sometimes controversially, still runs the twin-island state of Antigua and Barbuda to this day.
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform