News Demonstrators protest against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad outside the UN offices in Geneva during the talks on Friday

At first the talks were delayed for 24 hours, then Syria’s foreign minister threatened to walk out. But last night the two sides agreed to be in the same room. Kim Sengupta reports from Geneva on the UN mission to end the bloodshed

Fishing boats in the harbour of seaside town, Brixham

A fishy business: TripAdvisor falls victim to fake Brixham seafood restaurant Oscar's

Here’s an idea for an online start-up: TrapAdvisor, warning online travel operators about possible fake reviews. It might have helped the folk at TripAdvisor realise there was something fishy about Oscar’s.

easyJet cancelled a late-night flight – then told passengers to wait 86 years and one day for a replacement

Passengers on delayed easyJet flight are given 86 years to browse duty-free shops

Britain’s biggest budget airline cancelled a late-night flight – then told passengers to wait 86 years and one day for a replacement.

Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari (centre)

Syria crisis: Only full-scale war can unseat Assad, says Iraqi minister

Hoshyar Zebari tells Patrick Cockburn that Syria’s President will ‘survive’ rebel uprising

Ziad Takieddine has confessed to having paid illegal kick-backs to fund the presidential campaign of Edouard Balladur

Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine paid illegal kickbacks to fund former French PM Edouard Balladur’s failed presidential bid

Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine has confessed to having paid illegal kick-backs to fund the presidential campaign of former French prime minister Edouard Balladur.

Syrian rebels in Idlib. A peace settlement looks further away than ever

Just who has the most to gain if the killing in Syria goes on?

World View: All the players have their own agendas, and none seems to involve a ceasefire... just yet

A poultry market in Hong Kong

Ten years after Sars, now we have Mers

A deadly virus alarms scientists, as a new flu strain appears in China

Syria must become a 'resistance nation like Hezbollah' says President Bashar al-Assad

Syria's Assad regime agrees to attend first peace conference with rebels

Meeting would be the first time the Syrian government has met face-to-face with rebel groups since the start of the two year-long civil war

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1. Paris St Germain and Marseilles.

Sometimes sky-high prices are worth it - but only in context

When you have little or no opportunity to shop around, it's easy to get ripped-off

Saad al-Hilli, the Iraqi-born father who was shot dead in the massacre in the French Alps

Brother of Brit killed in Alps shooting with his family questioned

French inspectors had wanted to speak to Zaid Al-Hilli for months

On track: Consider taking the train to the Alps

Snow Report: Avoid the airport crowds in this bumper season

It's too early to say for sure, but the current ski season, now halfway through, is looking as if it will be the one that sees a return to growth in skier numbers after four seasons of decline. Specialist travel agency Ski Solutions (020-7471 7749; skisolutions.com) is among those reporting record-breaking January sales, with bookings up 23 per cent.

Syria death toll reaches 60,000 according to UN figures

Petrol station strike comes as shocking authoritative figure is released

A UN panel suggests the Syrian conflict is devolving into a Sectarian battle

UN panel warns of 'overtly sectarian' divisions in Syrian conflict

The 21-month-old civil war in Syria is rapidly devolving into an "overtly sectarian" and ethnic conflict, a UN investigatory panel has concluded, raising the specter of reprisal killings and prolonged violence that could last for years after the government falls.

Wind turbines close by Mossmorran Ethleyne Plant

Argyll grandmother takes UK and EU to the United Nations over plans to turn Scotland into windfarm 'hedgehog'

Christine Metcalfe claims UK Government and the EU have breached a fundamental tenet of citizens’ rights under the UN’s Åarhus Convention

Diana, Princess of Wales, gets into a car in Paris on 31 August 1997

Secrecy rules around Alps murders echoes death of Diana

Conspiracy theories are given credence by constraints of French law. By John Lichfield

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