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Leading article: A coup of more than local significance

Clashes between government and opposition supporters on the Maldives have not spread to the pristine beaches and luxury spas of the Indian Ocean archipelago. So that's all right then. Except that it isn't.

Deals of the week: Barcelona, Brussels, Indian Ocean islands

Less than £200... Summer flights

Spanish airline Vueling has announced it is due to start direct flights from Southampton to its main hub at Barcelona's El Prat airport from 23 June this year, just in time for the summer season. Tickets to the Catalan capital – with its vibrant Gaudi architecture, gourmet cuisine and glorious beaches – are available to book now via the website, with return fares starting at €140 (£116). Vueling.com

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So far, so good

On an idyllic island marooned in the Indian Ocean, Matthew Bell is reduced to incoherent ecstasies. Modern Mauritius is that kind of place, he says

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On an idyllic island marooned in the Indian Ocean, Matthew Bell is reduced to incoherent ecstacies. Modern Mauritius is that kind of place, he says

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The secret of happiness is an island called Rodrigues

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Naked rower has to be rescued again

An Irishman rowing naked across the Indian Ocean has been rescued off Australia after he hit his head in rough seas.

Good to go... flight of fancy, island fling, African sun

Flight of fancy

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Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a beach stay in Mauritius in early March. Prices are per person, based on two travelling together.

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