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Temporary power firm Aggreko — responsible for keeping the lights on and the cameras rolling at the last World Cup in South Africa and at the London 2012 Olympics — has been chosen by FIFA to perform the same duties across 12 different venues in Brazil.

Panama can crack the Vase: Racing

If the Romans who built Chester ever raced horses on the Roodeye, you can be sure that someone was forever complaining that the big race on the first day of the May meeting was a lousy pointer to forthcoming events at Londinium and Eboracum. A similar charge will no doubt be levelled against the Chester Vase today, as pundits with a persistent grudge against the track's unique contours remind us that no Vase winner has gone on to win the Derby since Shergar in 1981. Those with a more broad-minded view of the future, however, will pay close attention to its outcome.

Mexican nave

The spirit of the Mayans is alive and well in Chiapas.

Search grows for missing boat

While the party celebrations were being cranked up in Perth for the return of the Australian Navy with Tony Bullimore and Thierry Dubois, fears grew for the Canadian yachtsman Gerry Roufs, who also disappeared in the Vendee Globe race.

Four bids for Forest

JON CULLEY

Broker facing censure over Optical flotation

Leading Alternative Investment Market broker Gerrard Vivian Gray is likely to face Stock Exchange censure over the failure of its client Rupert Galliers- Pratt to disclose his directorships in a string of failed companies before his current company, Optical Care (Bermuda), was admitted to AIM in February.

Drugs money donated to Panama's president admits to drugs money helped to elect Panama president says used leader admits drugs

Uncannily mirroring the situation in neighbouring Colombia, Panama's President Ernesto Perez Balladares admitted yesterday that his 1994 election campaign had received funding from Colombia's Cali cocaine cartel.

the open verdict

Anyone who wears high heels in summer is brave, or mad. Thank goodness then that this summer fashion lets you off the hook, because strappy, flatty, thongy things are in. You can pay a couple of hundred pounds for a designer named flip-flop, and the leather will be softer, but really the high street versions are better. Oasis, Clarks and Dorothy Perkins have excelled themselves this season with sandals starting from around pounds 12. The subject of sweaty feet has raised its toe on these pages of late: so make sure the insoles of your sandals is leather, otherwise your feet will slide around like a syrup on a bald man's head when the weather turns hot. Also worth remembering, although not featured here, are more casual sandals such as Birkenstocks (0800 132194) and Panama Jacks (01582 765774), they are comfortable beyond belief. It's also worth spending a few minutes pampering your feet - hard skin and claw-like toe nails defeat the object of a pretty sandal.

Pedal to the metal

Phil Johnson gets next to a stack of recent jazz releases. They, in turn, get next to him

TOPPING OUT

Elegant, light and strong, the Panama is a legend among sunhats, beating even the pith-helmet for ambivalent allure. It has featured on the world's most discerning heads since the 19th century, but its method of production - backbreakingly primitive - is unchanged

Dassault arrest warrant to rock France and Belgium

A Belgian court has issued an international warrant for the arrest of Serge Dassault, the head of France's only private aerospace company, in a case which has the potential to rock the political and business establishments of both countries.

Another bank holiday and it's open house again

By the end of the long weekend, millions of visitors will have trooped around our historic houses. But what's it like for the people who live there? Jill Tunstall talks to two families whose home is their castle

Let's get the book on the road

Getting published isn't enough. Now novelists have to charm the booksellers. Peter Guttridge went on the schmooze with The Future of Fiction, four writers in search of a window-display

THEATRE Slaughter City, RSC Pit, London

Naomi Wallace's blood-stained account of American industrial relations offers large dollops of symbolism, but no slice of life.

Duran makes the running

Boxing

BRAVE NEW WORLD?

Like latter-day Pilgrim Fathers, a band of Britons plans to cross the Atlantic and build Utopia. They've even put in an offer for an island. But can Tony Craig and his followers realise their dream before it all turns sour?
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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London