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

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New for this season, the belted Nosquito Hepburn Jacket is designed to give protection from sun, showers, humidity and insects. Price £80. Go to craghoppers.com.

Hotel fire kills 18 in Poland

A fire in a hostel in northwest Poland killed 18 people and injured 20 and firemen are still looking for more victims, the state news agency PAP reported on Monday.

Travel challenge: The best value for an active summer holiday in Scotland

Every week, we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a particular journey. Today: a week's holiday in Scotland, departing on Saturday 1 August, based on two adults travelling together.

24-Hour Room Service: Jumbo Hostel, Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden

I regret going to the Jumbo Hostel alone. Not because travelling solo detracts in any way from the glorious absurdity of sleeping in a jumbo jet parked on the end of a runway at Stockholm's busiest airport. Not because of loneliness: the staff, in their retro airline outfits, couldn't be friendlier. And certainly not because of any desire to get married out on the wing, although that option is available to guests who are so inclined. No, my regret lies in wasting the opportunity to cosy up in the romantic penthouse cockpit, thereby missing out not only on the private bathroom, but on an all-too-rare opportunity to get a pilot's-eye view of the world (alright, an airport) from the front of an aeroplane.

TV presenter says Barry George stalked her

TV presenter Kay Burley has gone to police with concerns about the self-confessed stalker Barry George, sources said today.

Book Of A Lifetime: The Barracks, by John McGahern

Although I still have that first copy of the book, I can't tell whether I brought it out from Ireland or if I picked it up somewhere along the way. What I do know is that I first read John McGahern's The Barracks as a student in the early 1980s, when I was travelling through Europe for the summer.

'Shocking' rise in homelessness among women

Conservative statistics show threefold increase in five years but charities warn the true picture is worse still

Andy McSmith: Six weeks' work in a holiday camp was enough for me

Between school and university, aged 18, I spent six weeks working at the Butlins holiday camp in Clacton, sweeping up and clearing tables. The place was a "camp" in more senses that one. We were there all day, and in the evening were bussed to a hostel called Ambleside, where there were uniformed security men at the door. There was no escape from it, even at weekends, when there was as much work to do as in the weekdays.

Homeless woman arrested after blaze

A homeless woman was arrested today on suspicion of starting a fire which engulfed a church, sources said.

7 July plot: Jury given majority direction

The jury in the trial of three men accused of helping the 7 July suicide bombers plan their attack by carrying out a two-day reconnaissance mission in London was today told majority verdicts could be returned.

Northern Ireland: Green and very pleasant

For Catherine Mack, getting back to nature in the wilds of Northern Ireland meant exploring the Mourne Mountains, then recovering in a bath of local seaweed

Rags to riches for boy from bush who is a fast learner

Dale Steyn has come from nowhere to be the world's No 1 paceman. Relaxed off the pitch but fearsome on it, he will be South Africa's danger man against England. By Stephen Brenkley

The real world: Colm Hanratty editor of Hostelworld.com

Colm Hanratty, 30, is editor of the backpacker travel site Hostelworld.com. His job has seen him travel through 29 countries and stay in over 50 youth hostels. Hanratty has a degree in journalism and media communications from Griffith College, Dublin.

Even the Himalayas can't compare with the beauty of Lakeland

He's explored the world's greatest landscapes, but Sir Chris Bonington's heart will always belong to the Lake District. On the eve of the Cumberland Ale Keswick Mountain Festival, he reveals his best-loved walks – and pints

Serial paedophile back in UK

A serial paedophile arrived in the UK today after being deported from Australia following a 12-year jail sentence.

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