News The girl, thought to be 14 or 15, was found on 11 October

Authorities are liaising with Australian police over 14 or 15-year-old girl, who initially was believed to be of European origin

Friends tell of dead girl's relationship with father

Friends of a teenage girl who died after being found in a house with her fatally injured father said today she had been "sorting her life out" after a "tough few months".

An unplanned gap year can be an unexpected bonus

If you have missed out on a university place, there are ways to make the most of this year off. It's not too late to spend the time profitably, says Chiara Cavaglieri

On The Road: Beach bliss revisited on Oaxaca's coast

In an attempt to relive my backpacking days and catch some rays, I'd decided to follow the trail of small beach resorts that dot the Mexican Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca.

Maker of 'The Last Exorcism', Eli Roth, talks budget movies and selling sex

He first made his name as director of low-budget horror flicks ‘Cabin Fever’ and the enormously successful ‘Hostel’ franchise, now the big influence of Eli Roth is behind other non-mainstream projects such as ‘The Last Exorcism’ – getting it straight to the top of the US charts

Divine path of pilgrims: If you're taking on the Camino de Santiago, do it the English way

Somewhere in the nest of farmers' lanes beyond Bruma I lost my way, and a good shepherd put me right. Frankly, I didn't know I was lost, and equally frankly I couldn't be sure he was a shepherd, but bear with me on this one. I'd just taken the left fork, up towards a eucalyptus plantation, when this guy with a leathery face pointed back down the hill.

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Briton injured in Rome hostel plunge

A young man from Devon is in a critical condition in hospital after falling from the third-floor window of a hostel in Rome, police have said.

Man in court over doorstep shooting

A man was remanded in custody today when he appeared in court accused of murdering a man who was shot dead on the doorstep of his home.

Best travel organisation: Youth Hostels Association

"Thanks, i'll have an orange juice." I gave this innocuous response when invited to have a drink at the opening ceremony for the Earl's Court youth hostel in London. Little did I know I would come up against a refreshingly direct example of sustainability in tourism. "I'm afraid you can't have one," the hostel manager explained. "Rather than using stuff imported from the tropics, we only serve juices made from British fruit. We've got some lovely organic apple juice from Kent, though." Not many food miles there, then.

'Economic cleansing' in BBC's World Cup backyard

Evictions are designed to improve South Africa's image, campaigners say

The House of the Devil (18)

There are so many Sixties slasher homages that you almost expect Peter Cushing to appear in this old-fashioned gore fest

Carola Long: 'Traveller trousers are on trend but in a more sophisticated guise. Call it gap-year luxe'

With the first fresh whiff of spring something disturbing happens to my taste. One minute my wardrobe is more or less planned around clean basics with a dash of utility: pale denim, a blush-pink silk dress, heeled canvas or tan suede boots. A few blue skies later, however, and disturbing boho urges start appearing. Suddenly – whether through curiosity, desire or nostalgia I'm not sure – I'm being drawn to "traveller trousers", those patterned harem-ish pants that are popping up everywhere.

Man accused of murder has killed before

A convicted killer who murdered a teenage boy was back in court today charged with strangling another man to death.

Prisoner admits torturing and hanging cellmate

Arsonist lied about 'abetting suicide' of man on remand in Leeds prison four years ago

Promiscuous scroungers or loving parents? Teenage mums fight back

Britain's young mothers feel they don't deserve constant negative coverage and will this week tell the Prime Minister so
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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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