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Explosion at Mexican oil giant Pemex's headquarters kills 25

A powerful explosion rocked the Mexico City headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex yesterday, killing at least 25 people, injuring more than 100 and trapping others inside.

Family who 'disappeared off the face of the earth' in 2010 continue to baffle investigators as writer claims wife murdered husband and fled with children

The McStay family vanished from their idyllic California home on February 4 2010, in the middle of what appeared to be an average morning

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Is Las Vegas suitable for our two adult kids?

Q We have two adult kids (23 and 19) and are thinking of visiting Las Vegas. Because of US licensing laws our 19-year-old cannot go to most of the venues we had hoped to visit and many of the alternatives suggested seem more appropriate for younger teenagers. Should we forget Vegas until he is older?

Keith Bradley-Adams, Swansea

At least eight bodies found where Kombo Kolombia band went missing

At least eight bodies have been pulled from a well in northern Mexico, near the site where 20 people went missing late last week, including 16 members of a Colombian-style band, a state forensic official said today.

Colombian-style band Kombo Kolombia missing in northern Mexico

Mexican police are searching for 12 musicians and eight roadies who went missing after a gig on Thursday night.

Florence Cassez embraces her mother Charlotte Cassez upon her arrival to Paris

Accused French kidnapper freed from Mexican jail

A Frenchwoman who spent seven years in prison in Mexico on kidnapping charges has returned to a hero’s welcome in Paris.

Davos call for $14trn 'greening' of global economy

Political and business leaders warned of need to ensure sustainable growth

Keep on trucking: The human impact of the rise of Monterrey's new super-suburbs

The American dream is taking shape in Monterrey, Mexico, complete with elite apartments and luxury shopping malls. But what of the men building this modern-day El Dorado – have their lives changed for the better? Photographer Alejandro Cartagena peers into their world as they make their way to work…

All of the top ten warmest years have occurred since 1998

2012 was ninth warmest year on record with temperatures significantly above long-term average

Average global surface temperature in 2012 was 0.56C warmer than the average for the period 1951 to 1980

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Javier Hernandez eager to improve and help Manchester United's trophy hunt

Hernandez likely to be recalled for tomorrow's FA Cup third-round replay with West Ham

Get me out of here: York, Mexico, Monarch flights

Now... Starting today, until 28 March, Visit York has a promotion with a range of hotels offering a free dinner for guests booking a two-night stay. At 17th-century Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, the price for two nights including breakfast and a candelit dinner is £398. visityork.org

US supermarket chain Walmart could face fines of billions of dollars if the allegations are true

US retail giant Wal-Mart 'bribed Mexicans to open shops'

Wal-Mart, the US retail giant, could face fines of billions of dollars, as allegations emerged its Mexican affiliate paid officials to speed up store openings.

There is far more to Mayans than the end of the world

They might be best known for having predicted the end of the world on 21 December 2012, but the Mayans gave us so much more to appreciate, admire and learn from before our inevitable doom. Though it has been wildly misinterpreted, the very fact that the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar survives to this day – well, to Friday, to be precise – is a measure of the Mayans' success. The Long Count began in 3114BC, and has been counting down ever since.

Matthew Norman: The unignorable Mr Farage

Some things in life, you put off and put off. The source of the procrastination may be tedium (all those red utility bills yellowing on the doormat), or fear about a medical problem such as tinnitus, which is probably no more than a whooshy noise in the ear, but might prove a symptom of a benign tumour (acoustic neuroma) if you took it to the doctor.

Indigenous Mayan people at a ceremony outside Guatemala City

What have the Mayans ever done for us... apart from predict the end of the world?

Tim Walker on the constructive side of the prophets of doom

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

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Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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