Travel Vibrant Guangzhou

Adjust your body clock and explore an exciting city en route, says Simon Calder

Racing: 'We will have little choice but to make an exit'

The richest man in British racing has had enough of the paucity of funds his sport is receiving. If owners, big and small, do not see a larger return for their investment soon, then Sheikh Mohammed and his family will be off to greener pastures. Chris Corrigan reports

Late deals

Students and those under 26 can fly "two for the price of one" to over 25 destinations including Washington for pounds 265 and Hong Kong (above) for pounds 589. Travel dates include October to the end of February, but tickets must be purchased before 6pm on Friday. STA 0171 361 6161/6262.

Want to be a courier?

You can get a discount on flights almost anywhere in the world, in exchange for delivering documents. Rhiannon Batten explains how

Obituary: Doreen Ingrams

Doreen Ingrams was the first European woman to live and travel freely in the Hadhramaut in South Arabia, whose social and economic condition she investigated with her husband, Harold Ingrams, in the 1930s.

Lonrho sugar sale triggers fall in rand

Lonrho sold its South African subsidiary, Lonrho Sugar Corporation, yesterday to the country's biggest producer, Illovo Sugar, for pounds 223.4m. The 1.6m rand cash payment was so big that it drove the rand down to its lowest levels in two months.

Seychelles - paradise on the sea shore

Jeremy Atiyah visited the islands where he was one of the few people not related to an ex-president - and discovered Eden in the Indian Ocean

Why life on Mars could mean trouble for Atherton and co

Adam Szreter searches for sides England might have an earthly against

Seven Britons feared dead as hijack jet crashes

Moroni , Comoros Islands - An Ethiopian airliner hijacked with at least 163 passengers aboard crashed yesterday off the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean. Seven Britons were said to have been on the plane. Aviation sources in Nairobi said four French, three Italians, two Americans, eight Israelis and Hungary's ambassador to Kenya were also on board.

It's flimsy, faded - and the most precious item in the world

This rather tatty looking, stained piece of paper is arguably the most valuable object in the world. A rare Swedish stamp nearly a century-and- a- half old, it was sold for a record 2.9 million Swiss francs (pounds 2.1m) at a public auction in Zurich yesterday.

Robert Hanks on Radio

Much of last week's edition of Feedback was devoted to complaints about the kind of language used on Doon Your Way, a showcase for the comedian Doon McKichan that went out on Radio 4 on Thursday nights. A typical letter was the one from a woman who wrote that at this time of day her two-year-old was likely to be listening and picking up words like "dildo". Jonathan-James Moore, head of light entertainment at BBC Radio, defended the programme on the grounds that his department had been putting out slightly risque comedy at 6.30pm on a Thursday for the past four years, and had thereby established a context.

Letter: Why we bombed Iraq in the 1920s

Sir: As part of your coverage of the Iraqi crisis, Christopher Bellamy's piece ("Tropical outpost that let the B-52s strike", 6 September) on the strategic importance of the US base at Diego Garcia made no mention of the island's tragic history. All he said was: "There is no town or civilian population on the island."

Seeds of violence sown in the cradle

Violent crime could be cut by up to 18 per cent if the care of children under a year old were improved, a conference heard yesterday. A study has found that babies that had problem births and were taken into care in their first 12 months or had mothers who wanted to abort them were far more likely to become violent adult criminals.

Hotels flotation signals early Lonrho break-up

The break-up of Lonrho could be complete within three months, well ahead of the schedule set out in June when the demerger was first announced.

The Investment Column : Overseas stores profit Courts

Whenever there is talk of how UK retailers fail to cut the mustard overseas, there is rarely any talk of Courts, the 150-year old furnishings group. Though based in Britain, the company has outlets in far-flung spots such as Jamaica, Belize, Mauritius and Fiji.

Police end church protest

French police and riot troops mounted a joint operation at dawn yesterday to evict more than 400 Africans, including about 100 children, from a central Paris church where they had taken refuge. They had occupied the church since Monday in a joint action supported by immigrants and equal rights groups to demand the legalisation of their status in France.
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