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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

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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

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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

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital