Cyprus could need bailout after blast

Cyprus may need foreign financial aid unless drastic action is taken to deal with the impact of an explosion which decimated its largest power station, central bank governor Athanasios Orphanides has warned.

Travel By Numbers: Canal holidays

As the Bridgewater Canal celebrates its 250th birthday, Laura Holt adds up the appeal of a European boating break

24-hour room service: Cap Rocat, Mallorca

If you're looking for a peaceful hideaway this summer, a military fort might not immediately stand to attention. But while Cap Rocat started life as a defensive fortress, dug into a rocky outcrop across the bay from Palma in 1889, today its drawbridge and battlements welcome guests into a rather more serene scene. A farewell to arms, then – and a warm welcome to a peaceful and luxurious hotel.

Untamed indulgence: Julie Burchill is seduced by Sardinia

Beautiful? Enigmatic? A test of your (almost) vegetarian principles? Sardinia is all these things, say <b>Julie Burchill</b>

Anthony Rose: 'Vin de France is a new affordable category that makes it easier for French wine to compete with the New World'

In the dead of a German winter, three English wine writers sat round a table in an Italian restaurant discussing French wine. The start of a joke? Actually it was the end of one, the punchline being the French authorities' refusal to allow its more humble wines to use the name of their grape variety. A new French wine category, Vin de France, was born last year and we were being asked to road-test it with a group of German colleagues in order to make a selection for June's Vinexpo, the giant wine fair in Bordeaux.

John Ehrman: Historian and literary benefactor celebrated for his magisterial life of Pitt the Younger

If asked what he did, John Ehrman, always modest, would reply that he was a historian. Others who knew him better would say "the historian"; looking back now over a life nearly a century long, "the great historian" seems nearer the mark. Others have practised history, written long books, studied the detail with minute care, taken a large theme and enlarged it, but was anyone else so completely devoted to the recording of historic fact and setting it out in clear prose, without bias or rhetoric? Beside this was a life of public duty, spent without demur or ostentation, even though at times it distracted him from his larger task. That all this was accomplished during a lifetime more than half of it marred by partial disability makes his achievement all the greater.

Briton stabbed to death on Greek island

A British tourist has been stabbed and killed on the Greek holiday island of Zante, after the 19-year-old and his friends were attacked by two taxi drivers. Four others from the group, who are all thought to be from Basingstoke, were treated in hospital for injuries after the incident at the popular Lagana resort at 3am yesterday.

British tourist killed in Greece

A British man has been killed and four others injured after they were attacked by two Greek taxi drivers on the holiday island of Zakynthos.

Seized gunpowder explodes killing 12 at Cypriot naval base

A huge explosion ripped through a naval base in Cyprus early yesterday as a fire ignited a seized Iranian weapons cache, killing at least 12 people including the head of the navy.

Massive explosion at Cyprus naval base

A massive explosion ripped through a Cypriot naval base today after a brush fire detonated stored gunpowder, killing 12, wounding 62 and prompting the resignations of the country's defence minister and top military chief.

A traditional British fruit makes a cherry welcome comeback

A Slice of Britain: In the Garden of England, students race the clock to get a bumper harvest to market in peak condition

Court case adds fuel to hedge-fund divorce

The messy divorce of hedge-fund tycoons Elena Ambrosiadou and Martin Coward has become even uglier following a series of alleged revelations in a legal case in Cyprus.

Errors &amp; Omissions: Don't be vague when two famous people have names that sound the same

Matthew Norman had fun on Monday, speculating that Ed Balls might launch a putsch against Ed Miliband when the Labour leader "goes under the knife" to cure his sleep apnoea.

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