Travel Vibrant Guangzhou

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

Zimbabwe: Blood diamonds 'could be used for election violence'

Mining officials loyal to President Robert Mugabe are stashing profits from diamond fields amid fears the money could fund political violence ahead of proposed elections, it was claimed yesterday.

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

Unmanned US drone crashes on Seychelles

An American military drone, which had been used to monitor piracy off the East African coast, has crashed at an airport on the Seychelles during a routine patrol, officials said yesterday.

The Hacker: The hideousness of novelty golf Christmas gifts

A week today marks a significant anniversary as far as I'm concerned, though whether its one to be celebrated is sometimes a matter of debate.

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

Mauritius: So far, so good

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

Stay The Night: Sofitel So, Mauritius

From its floating spa to the moated restaurant, this temple-like hotel offers a blissful break from reality, says Adrian Mourby

Island adventure: Five have fun in Mauritius

<b>Alexander Armstrong</b> thought luxury and relaxation were all in the past until he found a hotel that takes care of the little things.

Scientists ask for escort in Indian Ocean due to pirates

Scientists are seeking the help of the Australian and US navies to repel Somali pirates who are threatening one of the world's key climate monitoring programmes.

The secret of happiness is an island called Rodrigues

Colonial remnants and beautiful beaches aren't the only attractions here. It's also got the most infectious feel-good factor, says Adrian Mourby

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

Travel challenge: Mauritius

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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Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

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