My Life In Travel: Julia Bradbury, television presenter

'I'd love to do a proper trek in the Himalayas'

Mind the water hazard...floating golf course to be built in Maldives

Cutting-edge development in pipeline as islands plan for effects of climate change

Afghan troops raise flag in key town but Marjah battle not over yet

Reports of talks between Karzai officials and Taliban militants in the Maldives

Traveller's Guide To: Romantic escapes

If Valentine's Day inspires you to plan an amorous escape, Aoife O'Riordain has some hot new ideas

100 holiday ideas for 2010: Family

May I be so bold as to suggest something truly different this year? Don't go thinking you'll get away with a fortnight on the beach, for the new decade is ushering in the chance to try all sorts of novel experiences with the kids. I bet you've never taken them on a hunt for komodo dragons and flying foxes on an Indonesian family adventure aboard a schooner. Book this new 16-day family trip with

Letters: Jewish Schools

When is a boy not Jewish enough for a Jewish school?

Mary Dejevsky: Don't panic... Copenhagen really wasn't such a disaster

The lesson is this: governments are elected; NGOs are not

The Maldives: Enjoy the splendid isolation while it lasts

My eyes are stinging from the salty water which is seeping into my snorkel as I navigate the shallows. The odd fish flits past. I’m heading, I hope, in the direction of the renowned house reef at the Lily Beach resort at Huvahendoo in the Maldives. So far so pleasant, but unspectacular.

Mark Lynas: Copenhagen Notebook

* Being a negotiator is like representing yourself in court when you're accused of murder – not a good idea unless you really know what you're doing. It's a lot better if you're surrounded by teams of lawyers.

Mark Lynas's Copenhagen Notebook

The talks are little better than stalled at the moment – there's a constant sense of ongoing failure, and no sense that any of the parties are coming to the table with anything more positive or substantial, with the exception of a tiny few countries, including the Maldives.

Mark Lynas’s Copenhagen Notebook: 12/12/2009

*It's easy to mock the proceedings here. Upwards of 25,000 people, most of whom came by plane, meeting to write convoluted UN legalese that no one understands and doesn't seem to ever change anything.

What on Earth? The concerned citizen's guide to global warming

Worried, but maybe just a little confused? Never fear. David Randall cuts through the conflicting claims with his concerned citizen's guide to global warming

Climate change special: Twelve days to save the world

We face a threat as terrible as the rise of fascism, says Johann Hari. Now we must rise to the challenge

Welcome to the age of extremes

Recent weather disasters are consistent with a warming planet, says Steve Connor. Could the trouble have started already?
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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album