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Actor took on three armed soldiers who had surrounded star and crew while they were filming later series of Extreme World 3

Briton is first woman to row solo across Pacific

A British environmentalist has become the first woman to row alone across the Pacific Ocean, receiving a rock star welcome in Papua New Guinea after finishing a nearly 8,000-mile (13,000-kilometre) journey that nearly claimed her life.

Australia could ship migrants to desert mining camp

They have been sent to remote Pacific islands and to the Indian Ocean – now asylum-seekers intercepted in Australian waters may end up in the middle of the desert, in a near-empty former gold-mining town.

Papua New Guinea: A journey into the unknown

Papua New Guinea, one of the 'last frontiers', can also be reached by luxury cruiser

New pyramid discovered in Peru linked to ancient copper industry

A team of archaeologists who uncovered a 1,400 year old pyramid in Peru say that the finding is particularly unusual. The flat-topped pyramid, which was built by the Moche culture, was used for the living rather than just for the dead, and contains a wealth of artefacts, murals and human remains.

Rio Tinto agrees huge iron ore deal

Deal with Chinese group as four employees face bribery trial in Shanghai

Hold the Dijon: Skye Gyngell reveals how to make your own mustard fruit

If you want to add an Italian tingle to meat dishes, there's nothing better

Album: Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate, Ali and Toumani (World Circuit)

This follow-up to the Malian maestros' Grammy-winning In the Heart of the Moon was recorded in typically off-the-cuff, extemporised fashion in London, prior to the duo's 2005 European tour, while Ali Farka Touré was suffering the pains of the bone cancer which took his life the following year.

Huddersfield hope to shake off pre-season problems

Huddersfield face the first major test of their ability to concentrate on their game rather than their off-field troubles tonight. The Giants were Super League's Club of the Year last season, finishing third and reaching the Challenge Cup final. Their preparations for 2010 have been wrecked, however, by rape accusations that have left six unnamed players on police bail waiting to find out whether they will be charged.

How We Met: Alastair Sawday & Patrick Dawson

'It was wild – the locals in the hills had only recently had their first contact with Europeans'

Saints' Eastmond pairs up with Pryce for the first time

Kyle Eastmond will get his first taste of life as St Helens' regular scrum-half tonight in Mike Bennett's testimonial against Halifax at Knowsley Road.

Pet of the week: The sugar glider

100 holiday ideas for 2010: Walks

Tierra del Fuego, at the southernmost tip of South America, is now accessible on a guided three-day trek with Journey Latin America (journeylatinamerica.com) which passes near to the Beagle Channel.

Yvonne Roberts: The age of the aged has at long last arrived

A growing mountain of research tells us that many people get happier as they age
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George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios

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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

Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album