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Tall toddlers `more likely to grow into delinquents'

TALL YOUNGSTERS who crave stimulation stand a greater than average chance of turning into classroom bullies and possibly even violent criminals, a controversial new study suggests.

Swimming: Rose's sweet smell of success

Erica Rose, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, powered the United States to two gold medals on the opening day of the World Championships in Perth, Australia, yesterday.

SCIENCE: THE SECRET SEA

We've explored most of Earth's dry land. But, says Matthew Brace, the oceans can still lead us to a wealth of information

Miss World finds a politically correct place in the sun

The Seychelles may offer the battered Miss World contest a permanent refuge from its increasingly raucous critics. The condition is that the pageant `reinvents' itself. Mary Braid asks if injecting a dose of feminist values is really the solution

Travel: Something to declare - Visitors' book

Emerson's House, Stone Town, Zanzibar

Books: Tales from the Land of Zanj

William Dalrymple investigates the spice trade

UK's base in Indian Ocean used for strike

ATTACK ON IRAQ THE RAID

Sugar and spice and all things nice

Simon Calder visits Zanzibar, where gentle people go about their modest business - and moderation is the key

Hayles wins sixth stage of Tour de Langkawi

Cycling

Red Sea mediation

Red Sea mediation

OAU tries to settle Zanzibar poll crisis

OAU tries to settle Zanzibar poll crisis

Democracy comes to the isle of cloves

Tomorrow's vote could be a chance to rewrite history, reports David Orr

French prepare to oust Comoro coup leaders mercenaries

PAUL TAYLOR

From the missionary position

THE BOOK OF COLOUR by Julia Blackburn, Cape pounds 9.99

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on