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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.

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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.

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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.

Go to doubletreecambridge.com

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

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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

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