<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/whos-to-blame-f.html">Asian (con)Fusion: Who's to blame for the temple deaths?</a>

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No jacket required: Bush's gift for PM is gathering dust

The idea of the Prime Minister wearing a personalised brown bomber jacket bearing the US presidential seal and the label "Rt Hon Gordon Brown" always seemed far-fetched.

The march of tourism (and a threat to the Maldives)

Beset by rising sea levels and a &pound;90m budget shortfall, the Maldives government has set its sights on leasing 31 uninhabited islands for new resorts. Now the Tourism Minister has quit over the threat to the islands' fragile ecology

My life in travel: Jean-Yves Thibaudet

'I always stay in the best hotels! I'm very particular'

Spas, stars and the two Rs: what's new in the Maldives?

Only about 200 of its 1,196 islands are inhabited &ndash; which leaves room for more upmarket resorts, says Simmy Richman

Why the Maldives are pure fantasy islands

The first holiday without the children was always going to seem special, but for Claudia Winkleman every aspect of her time in the Maldives combined to make the experience feel like heaven on earth

Agonising over the icecap or frantic about floods? You may be suffering from 'eco-anxiety'

Many of us worry about the future of the planet. It's both fashionable and cathartic. We can assuage our guilt over the fact that, say, the "carbon footprint" from our holiday to the Maldives has upped the official Dead Polar Bear Index by an additional 2.4, or that, thanks to our purchase of a mahogany nut bowl, the Amazonian Nukak tribe has just been wiped out, by recycling bean cans and paying £10 to adopt a stag beetle.

The Travel Issue: Maldives in December

The pale sea stretches below, punctuated by flashes of green and gold where reefs and sunlight collide. As the plane tumbles forwards, pockets of land, so tiny they are barely visible, emerge from a blanket of blue.

My Life In Travel: Hermione Norris

'We all get trapped in our everyday life and it's refreshing to escape from it'

Fishing Lines: I think I'll make another bid for paradise hope the price is right

The best fishing holiday I ever had cost $450. Could have been a lot less. Trouble was, I couldn't really believe that I had collared a luxury 10-berth boat to cruise through the Maldives for two weeks so cheaply. Everyone said: "There's got to be something wrong at that price."

Leading article: Nuclear Power

The last time the Prime Minister made a major policy decision on the basis of government reports which were not yet in the public domain, it was to take us to war in Iraq to stop Saddam Hussein's deployment of weapons of mass destruction.

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