Ageing hitman 'may spend rest of life in jail'

An ageing hitman who thought he would get away with the "perfect murder" was today told he was likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

£30,000 hitman found guilty of murder

A swimming world record holder who became a contract killer after blowing a fortune on a flamboyant lifestyle in Thailand is facing life in jail today.

The City Diary: TUI Travel: The strange case of the exploding boat reaches the High Court

Slackbelly exposes the good, the bad, and the ugly of the square mile

Click, pack and go: our pick of the week's deals

No sooner had Nadal claimed his Wimbledon trophy and the World Cup edged towards its finale… than the first email landed in the travel inbox about Christmas 2010. Are we really thinking about that time already? It seems that those of us that are could be rewarded with some good deals.

My Life In Travel: Ralf Little, actor

'Jamaica is the most magical place'

Tips and deals of the week: 13/06/2010

Take a punt on Cambridge

Try the new Punting and Picnic Package at Doubletree by Hilton in Cambridge from £65.95, including picnic and one hour's punt hire.

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24-Hour Room Service: Alila Villas Hadahaa, Republic of Maldives

In the inventory of travel luxury, the resorts jostling for position in the Maldivian chapter would probably vary only by tiny degrees of exclusivity. After all, perfect sands, clear waters and stilted bungalows are (almost) standard here, and most such barefoot retreats are to be found on tiny atolls just a short boat ride or sea plane ride from the capital and international jumping-off point, Male.

Jonathan Heawood: The act of extreme desperation

The new government has an opportunity to put prisoners back at the heart of its human rights policy

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, By Alain de Botton

Work looms large in the lives of most of us, but has always been strangely under-represented in literature. This book goes some way to remedying that deficit. In a series of wry, poignant essays, Alain de Botton examines the work that goes into planting a tree, building a pylon, marketing an invention and designing a biscuit.

RAF jets return to skies after ash alert

The RAF's Typhoon Eurofighters took to the skies again today after tests showed volcanic ash found in engines caused no damage.

Best international politician: Mohamed Nasheed

In a catastrophic year for the climate crisis, were there any heroes? At Copenhagen, world leaders gathered to peer at the swelling evidence that we are close to irreparably trashing the planet's biosphere – and they offered a glib shrug. From the US to the EU to China, nobody offered to cut carbon emissions by the levels scientists say are necessary to stay this side of the climate's Point of No Return. Since then, there has been a regression into denialism across the world. The search for wise leaders in this is difficult, but a handful of politicians will be remembered for trying to do the right thing.

24-Hour Room Service: One&Only Cape Town

The visual drama is compelling. As you walk into this flamboyant property your eyes are drawn to a breathtaking view of Table Mountain framed in a three-storey picture window. Then a tremendous sense of space across the tall, wide lobby and lounge area becomes apparent, the main feature being a circular cocktail bar oozing glamour right in front of that window.

Leave only your footprints

Today's travellers have a range of responsible holiday choices. Aoife O'Riordain reports

Byers, Hoon and Hewitt suspended from party

Former ministers have whip withdrawn over lobbying claims
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'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
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Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

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Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
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Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine