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Mayor of Estaimpuis credits French star with boosting the economy, creating jobs and bringing new visitors to the small corner of Wallonia

Katy Holland: The jolly business of house swapping

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Beer and blogging

Now there’s a combination! Even better, it’s a combination that will be featuring right here, when the winner of a travel-writing competition organised by brewers SABMiller, in association with The Independent, begins posting in early March.

Andrew Buncombe: Silence descends on the noisiest city

Dhaka Notebook: I wonder whether Dhaka's reputation might be somewhat unfair

The orphan, the nanny, and a tale of hope from Mumbai

Son of the rabbi killed in the terror attacks is building a new life in Israel with the carer who saved his life

Holy war strikes India

35 Christians killed and 50,000 forced from their homes by Hindu mobs enraged at Swami's murder

Katy Holland: Learning a language should be fun

Are we there yet? How to get the family talking

Shhh, keep it to yourself, the Algarve's great for a holiday

Get a taste of the coast's quiet side at this stylish resort

'Rockefeller' is wanted German

A man charged with kidnapping his daughter in Boston is a German who lived in the guesthouse of a Los Angeles-area couple who disappeared in 1985, a sheriff's spokesman said.

'Dead' husband wrote protest letter to council

Pretending to be dead would presumably involve keeping your head down and avoiding the attention of authorities. But not in the case of John Darwin.

B&Bs move into the realm of the internet

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Bear watching in Finland: A very close-up adventure

If you go down to the woods of eastern Finland today, you're sure of a big surprise, says Juliet Rix

The five best walks in mainland Scotland

The West Highland Way

Another tragedy in backpackers' haven as Briton dies of suspected drug overdose

There was little left to show of a life cut short in a £2-a-night hotel room just a stone's throw from paradise. There were some old T-shirts, a handful of undeveloped films and a battered journal filled with jottings and sketches. The rest of Michael Harvey's belongings had been taken away by police looking for clues.

Scarborough, Royal Court, London

Fiona Evans's play Scarborough won a Fringe First at last year's Edinburgh Festival, where it was a talking point because of its subject-matter – a dirty weekend in a Scarborough B&B involving a female PE teacher and a pupil 14 years her junior – and the uncomfortable intimacy of its staging. A tiny space was transformed into a dingy room in a faded seaside guesthouse, with the audience, turned into voyeurs, pinned against the walls.

Ethical: Uttarakhand, India

For many people, the most rewarding aspect of travel is experiencing other cultures. However, too often those other cultures are not themselves rewarded, the tourist's money going straight into the tour operator's pocket.

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