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Emmanuel Vass, pianist, 24

One to Watch: Emmanuel Vass, pianist, 24

A toy glockenspiel given to him aged six fuelled his passion for the piano. It served him well – already he has played for the Prince of Monaco alongside Lulu.

Ramsey, left, on Bryn Awryn in 1941, the year before they charged the Japanese in the Philippines

Lieutenant-Colonel Edwin Ramsey: Soldier who led the last cavalry charge by the US army

Most of us associate US Cavalry charges with Hollywood or John Wayne but the last American mounted charge was not against American Indians in the "Wild West"; it was in the equally wild Far East during the Second World War, and it was led by First Lieutenant Edwin Ramsey on 16 January 1942. He and the rest of his 27-man platoon (G Troop of 26th US Cavalry), their heads low over their horses' necks and firing their Colt 1911 pistols (the US Cavalry had hung up its traditional sabres a decade earlier), galloped headlong into a far larger force of Japanese infantrymen in the village of Morong on the Bataan peninsula of the Philippines.

Indian women shout anti-government slogans demanding justice to gang rapes in New Delhi

Number of female tourists visiting India falls by a third following Delhi gang rape case

The number of female tourists visiting India has fallen by more than one-third since the Delhi gang rape in which a 23-year-old student was killed, according to a survey by the country’s Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Anti-smoking campaigners protest in Manila

WHO concern at Philippine's support for tobacco fair

The Philippines has a strong tobacco industry, but it pledged to ban advertising

Cyber culture: The message after the beep is: your time is up, answerphones

Cutting edge technology is replacing outmoded ways of recording a message, like voicemail and the carrier-pigeon

Police launch manhunt after socialite Robert Troyan found battered to death in Mayfair apartment

Police have launched a manhunt after a wealthy socialite was found battered to death in his flat in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods.

Malaysian army attacks Filipino militants

The army have unleashed air strikes and mortar attacks on nearly 200 Filipinos occupying a remote coastal village in Borneo.

Prince Philip, 90: Appointed to the Privy Council by King George VI on 4 November 1951, the Duke of Edinburgh has been a member longer than anyone else alive

‘The Philippines must be half-empty’: The Duke of Edinburgh's latest gaffe

Ah, Phil. When will you learn?

Terror splinter group claims Nigeria kidnap

A shadowy Islamic extremist group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of seven foreign building workers in northern Nigeria.

Potential Popes - top row from left: Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodrigues Maradiaga, Argentine Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Bottom row from left : Austrian Cristoph Schonborn, Hungarian Peter Erdoe, Italian Angelo Scola, Canadian Marc Ouellet

Pope Benedict XVI might be off – but his conservative allies are still there

Of the 120 electors who get to vote 67 of them have been appointed by Benedict

The world’s largest saltwater crocodile in captivity, Lolong, has died in Philippines

So long, Lolong... Philippine town mourns largest captive crocodile

A remote southern Philippine town has gone into mourning over the death of the world's largest saltwater crocodile in captivity, even though it was blamed for the deaths of several villagers.

Five people killed in Canary Island cruise ship accident after lifeboat falls into sea

Five crew members have been killed, and a further three injured after a lifeboat fell into the sea from a cruise ship tied up at the port of Santa Cruz in the Canary Islands.

Rescue workers carry the coffin of one of the hostages killed during a hostage crisis in a gas plant at the hospital in In Amenas

David Cameron says Britain faces a 'generational struggle' as Islamist terrorists switch focus to North Africa

PM argued that al-Qa'ida allies operating across a vast tract of lawless territory had to be taken on and defeated

The thrill that comes from knowing you'll be sharing the water with the world's biggest fish

Donsal, Philippines: Up close to whale sharks

The Lonely Planet Adventure: There's no need for a cage when you share the water with these giant creatures

Toddler Alexandra Lucy Hoegh was strangled by blind cord, inquest hears

The wife of one of Britain’s richest men told an inquest of her desperate attempt to save her two-year-old daughter who had become fatally entangled in a window blind cord.

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