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Tanker blast 'was terrorism'

Cloud of pollution `out of control'

THE NOBEL prize-winning chemist who first predicted that man- made chemicals would damage the world's ozone layer fears that vast pollution clouds over the Indian Ocean are a sign the earth's atmosphere is losing the power to clean itself.

Indian Ocean: Pick a culture, any culture...

Mauritius: where a visit to a Hindi temple can be followed by a Chinese lunch, a French supper and an evening of Creole salsa.

City Life - Port Louis, Mauritius: Melting pot that is starting to boil over

THERE WERE Indian, African and Chinese faces in the crowd jostling to hand over fistfuls of rupees as the minutes ticked by to the start of the next race. The betting slips were in French but the horses had English names. Bookmakers called Herve Wong and S K Joomun chalked up the odds as sari-clad women studied form in La Gazett des Turfistes. In the stands, Creole, Urdu, English and Cantonese could be heard.

Obituary: Major V. B. G. Cheesman

WHEN THE Blue Funnel liner SS Eumaeus, with a large naval draft on board, was sunk in the South Atlantic by an Italian submarine on 14 January 1941, many of the survivors found themselves clinging to the wreckage in shark-infested waters.

They're going under

Two islands have disappeared beneath the Pacific Ocean - sunk by global warming. This is just the beginning

Prescott defends his tropical trip

JOHN PRESCOTT, the Deputy Prime Minister, acknowledged last night that he has had to take some flak from the media over a 10-day trip to India and the Maldives. But a tanned Mr Prescott, showing no signs of jet-lag, insisted he had been trying to get a serious message across.

Mauritius riots over singer's death

Mauritius riots over singer's death

Football around the world: Africa - Eritrea and Mauritius shock the giants of Africa

ERITREA AND Mauritius enjoyed success in the African Nations' Cup qualifiers at the weekend, embarrassing two of the continent's 1998 World Cup finalists.

Cinema: The dumbest story ever told?

The Prince of Egypt (U)

New Films: The Prince Of Egypt

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT (U)

Mauritius too hectic? Escape here

Katerina Roberts sits under the sighing casuarina trees of Rodrigues, hunts the solitaire and listens for fruit bats

Travel Long Haul: Five go wild in the Indian Ocean

Colossal spiders, rollercoaster boat rides, fish of every shade and size - Nicholas Schoon was transfixed by Zanzibar's poor relation
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The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss