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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.

US relinquishes control over Panama Canal

PANAMA WILL soon have full sovereignty over its territory and the crowds came out to cheer yesterday. The Spanish King Juan Carlos, six heads of state and beribboned dignitaries from all over Latin America gathered in the isthmus to witness the ex-US president Jimmy Carter hand over the Panama Canal.

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Cuenca, Ecuador

The Essay: The `Fantome' menace

A year ago, the sailing ship `Fantome' tried to outrun one of the most powerful hurricanes this century. None of the 30-man crew on board that day has ever been found. Simon Worrall tells their tragic tale

TRAVEL YOUR QUESTIONS: The obsessive traveller

Cutting costs

YELLOW FEVER

They went digging for their fortunes. But most found only poverty, mud, cholera and racial hatred. One hundred and fifty years later Sasha Abramsky reveals how the Californian Gold Rush of 1849 shaped modern America

Leading article: Flower power

"THE WORLD'S greatest living masterpiece", the Chelsea Flower Show, comes into bloom again today. For all its slightly studied attempts to retain the elegance of its pre-Great War origins (the show dates back to 1913), the show remains deservedly popular because it displays some surprisingly modern and pluralistic features.

Arts: The Week in Radio: Khartoum to Paris by giraffe

MONDAY EVENING's Lamacq Live (Radio 1) featured The Stereophonics playing some convincing rock direct from the BBC Hippodrome Theatre at Golders Green. Steve Lamacq has the wisdom on these occasions to leave his guest acts alone with an appreciative audience and allow them to get on with the show uninterrupted. The result is invariably a session heard as the musicians want it to be heard, and The Stereophonics made good use of their allotted time. A powerful performance included the new single "Just Looking" and the much-overlooked "Local Boy in the Photograph". Lead singer Kelly Jones has a fine voice reminiscent of Jake Burns from Stiff Little Fingers, a band still going strong 20 years after they first emerged. With any luck, The Stereophonics will still be flying the flag into the next century.

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Travel: To the ends of the earth

A hair-raising flight over forests and mountains deposits you in the remote Colombian town of Capurgana, an undiscovered paradise on the edge of the last great wilderness

Travel: Passport - Rick Ridgeway: `Word got out that we were buying arms so we were all arrested'

I 'VE JUST got a new passport but it's already beginning to fill up with visas. My latest trip was to Bhutan where I was meeting government ministers trying to get permission to travel to a very remote part of that country.

Letter: Acts of tyranny

Sir: With regard to the case of General Pinochet, it is interesting to note the judgement in US v Noriega, June 1990.

The most auspicious date of them all

LOOKING ahead to another year of travel, the one thing that every single person in Britain should be worrying about right now is not where they are going to be on 31 December, 1999, but where they are going to be on 11 August 1999.

Jelly rolling back the years

Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez is clear about one thing: you must get back to your roots.

Letter: Terror tactics

Sir: If the Americans are looking for the epicentre of world terrorism, it is surprising that they located it so far from home. When one recalls Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam, Panama, Colonel North and the Nicaraguan Contras, it must be obvious that the world's greatest terrorists are to be found in the Pentagon, under the command of the US President.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee