Border security boosted after warning of attack

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.

Christina Patterson: What a Harvard academic can teach us about people power

So, after the revolution, a chink of hope.

Light winds affect Audi MedCup once more

Off to a bad start on the opening day of the Audi MedCup regatta in Cartagena, Spain, the British-based TP52 Rán, owned by Skype founder Niklas Zennström, added a couple more on a second day delayed by light wind.

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.

Open Jaw: 'Gulluck and Alacati: jewels of the Aegean'

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Errors & Omissions: A plural question that Disney answers better than Tolkien

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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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003