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Israel intensified a high-security alert along its border with Egypt yesterday after a warning that there might be a second wave of attacks by a militant cell of infiltrators.

Sicily's new oil boom threatens marine life, campaigners warn

Pristine and fragile stretches of the Sicilian coastline are under threat from the rush to plunder the island's rich oil resources, environment campaigners warned yesterday.

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On your marks, get set, go abroad... Britons plan a great Olympic getaway

Britain could look empty during next summer's Olympics. Sales at a leading UK travel business shows demand for holidays in late July and August 2012 is running one-quarter higher than at the same stage a year ago. Meanwhile one of the biggest travel firms in the US has cancelled all tours to Britain for a month leading up to, and including, the Games – partly due to concerns over profiteering by hoteliers.

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The television listings in last week's Information section carried a paragraph that began: "Dwarfs are the new Gypsies, it seems, the minority that is set to become TV flavour of the season." The heading above said: "Seven Dwarves". Dwarfs or Dwarves? English usage is changing, and here is why.

Depression in Sport: Gold medallist dies in fall

The French pole-vaulter Pierre Quinon, who won gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, has died in an apparent suicide.

Syria rounds up hundreds of suspects in stadium

Syrian troops raided houses in a Sunni district of the besieged port of Latakia yesterday, residents said, arresting hundreds of people and taking them to a sports stadium after a four-day tank assault to crush protests against President Bashar al-Assad.

Fresh outbreak of gunfire in Syrian port city

A fresh outbreak of heavy gunfire has been reported in parts of the Syrian port city of Latakia where military operations are now in their third day.

5 killed as Syrian gunboats fire on coastal city

Activists say Syrian security forces are storming several districts in the Mediterranean coastal city of Latakia under heavy shelling and gunfire.

Tips and deals of the week: Low fares; New York; Mediterranean food

The flight

Easyjet.com launches its spring schedule this week. Book now to get low fares to some 300 destinations, for departures from 25-March to 24 June 2012.

Beverly Hills moves to limit destruction of historic homes

They are as much a part of the civic landscape as palm trees, five-star hotels and celebrities dodging paparazzi outside luxury goods stores. But in a bid to preserve what remains of its cultural heritage, Beverly Hills is seeking to stop its well-heeled residents from building ever larger McMansions.

Israel sends drones over Mediterranean gas fields

An Israeli defence official says air force drones are carrying out surveillance missions over its gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea due to security concerns.

Thousands left stranded as Holidays 4U folds

Rumours started circulating early yesterday morning that a mid-size holiday company was on the brink of collapse. By noon, 50,000 customers of Holidays 4U had discovered that their trips to Turkey had vanished.

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