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Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Sightseeing in deepest Finland

Q I am flying to deepest Finland from Heathrow, with a five-and-a-half-hour stopover in Helsinki. Is this enough time for sightseeing or am I doomed to wander the corridors and gift shops waiting for the hours to tick by?

Alastair Kleissner, South Wales

Take advantage of a Finnish stopover by taking a break from the airport

Q&A: Travel unravelled

Men who 'despised the British' deny plotting suicide bombing

Three men accused of plotting to launch a suicide bomb campaign were “deadly serious” in their mission, a court heard today.

Open Jaw: Where readers write back

Travel in 2013

I'm always interested in where others are going – but you've missed out the whole of Brazil here. This is the country to go to in 2013: 5,000 miles of undiscovered sandy beaches with as much or as little action as you want, plus history, culture, samba, football and beautiful hidden pousadas to stay at wherever you go.

Alison McGowan

Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco accept libel damages over untrue marriage stories

Prince Albert of Monaco has accepted an apology and substantial damages from The Sunday Times over a story which suggested his marriage was a sham.

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon aka Tommy Robinson

Leader of the English Defence League, Stephen Lennon, is jailed for using false passport

Lennon, who had previously been refused entry to the US, used a passport in the name of Andrew McMaster

Hendre Fourie

Union tries to stop Fourie's deportation

Retired England flanker to be sent back to South Africa in 60 days as his visa is no longer valid

Joe Root should be saluted for his composed innings on debut

The Last Word: Careful nurturing plants Root on the firmest of ground

On a weekend we are invited to exalt personality, here is a man with character

De La Rue's passport to a profits boost

De La Rue, the banknote printer, enjoyed a 9 per cent rise in underlying, pre-tax profit growth to £31.5m in the first half, mainly thanks to its "solutions" business which makes British passports.

Teaching English abroad is an increasingly popular choice for struggling graduates

Despite the UK economy recently coming out of a double-dip recession, the graduate job market is still lagging behind its heyday of the mid-noughties. With 52 applications on average for every graduate vacancy, teaching English abroad is fast becoming a serious option for many university leavers. In fact, a recent poll by Populus for the British Council found that over half of under-25s believed they would have a better job if they lived or studied abroad.

Tom Hodgkinson: 'The machine told me the flight was closed'

ASCAL famously wrote that all of man's troubles come from his inability to sit quietly in his room, and I always think of this aphorism when travelling. Why on earth did I bestir myself from my peaceful study in order to submit myself to the indignities of the security check at Heathrow Airport? Why does travel always seem to involve getting up so early in the morning? Why do trains, planes and automobiles create such a fiery rage in my breast?

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling orders 'immediate' investigation of legal aid system

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has called for an “immediate examination” of the legal aid system after it emerged terror suspect Abu Hamza's legal battles cost taxpayers almost £1 million.

Can plant passports raise our trees from the ashes?

Britain has already had twice as many tree plagues in this century as it did in the whole of the last

Editorial: A dire threat to Britain's ash trees

Once, Britain was a country of elm trees. Then Dutch elm disease arrived, in the late 1960s, and within three decades nearly all of them were wiped out. Now, a similar fate threatens another glory of the British woodland: the ash.

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