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The US Coast Guard was searching for a Canadian passenger who jumped off a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship as it motored off a remote Puerto Rican island toward the US territory's mainland.

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Desperate to drift away this winter? Hannah Capella counts up the opportunities

Puerto Rico: All things bright and beautiful

Puerto Rico has everything you'd expect from a Caribbean holiday, plus a luminescent bay, salsa dancing ... and ants that taste of peppery sprouts

Hurricane Earl threatens US Coast after hitting Caribbean

Hurricane Earl, now a powerful Category 4 storm, barreled toward the US coast early today after battering tiny islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and winds that damaged homes and toppled power lines.

24-Hour Room Service: W Retreat Vieques, Puerto Rico

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Lolita Lebrón: Puerto Rican nationalist who launched an armed attack on the US House of Representatives

When an exotically beautiful, elegantly dressed woman stood up in the public gallery of the US House of Representatives on Washington's Capitol Hill on 1 March 1954, no one batted an eyelid. When three men stood up alongside her and all four started shooting from 9mm semi-automatic Luger pistols, all hell broke loose. After 30 bullets were fired and five congressmen or their aides fell wounded on the House floor, the woman, Lolita Lebrón, unfurled and waved a Puerto Rican flag and shouted "Viva Puerto Rico Libre!" (Long Live Free Puerto Rico).

Leaks 'not a threat to capped oil well'

The American official overseeing the clean-up operation in the Gulf of Mexico has allowed BP to extend a key pressure test on its capped Macondo well for another 24 hours despite finding five small leaks around the well.

Deaths as dengue fever grips Caribbean

Mosquito-borne dengue fever is reaching epidemic stages across the Caribbean, with dozens of deaths reported and health authorities concerned it could get much worse as the rainy season advances.

Glaxo sets aside £1.6bn for outstanding lawsuits

The drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline disclosed yesterday that it has set aside a record £1.57bn to meet legal charges during the second quarter. The money will be ringfenced to end a number of legal wrangles, including most of the claims involving its diabetes treatment Avandia.

British girl, 12, killed as car mounts pavement in Canary Islands resort

A 12-year-old girl from Yorkshire has died after being knocked down in a hit-and-run accident in Gran Canaria. Abigail Harris was killed and her friend Thomas Thackray, also 12, was injured when a car mounted the pavement in the resort of Puerto Rico, on the south coast of the island. Last night the girl's parents said their daughter "didn't have a chance". The family had been celebrating Abigail's sister's birthday when the girl was knocked down and killed during an evening stroll. Her parents Nicola and Tony Harris, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, released a statement in which they spoke of their "treasured daughter".

British girl killed in Gran Canaria hit-and-run

A 12-year-old girl has been killed and a boy seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident on Gran Canaria, sources said today.

Diageo accuses Bacardi of rum behaviour

Diageo has launched a blistering attack on rival Bacardi, accusing it of leading a "hidden campaign" for commercial gain that would "kill" off a series of lucrative tax excises that the maker of Captain Morgan rum would receive by shifting production from Puerto Rico to the US Virgin Islands.

Her health was frail, her career failing: the final days of Brittany Murphy

Concerns about the Hollywood actress's physical and mental state had been growing before her death

Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba, By Tom Gjelten

Though its rum is now made in Puerto Rico, the name Bacardi is inextricably associated with Cuba. The company was founded in Santiago de Cuba in 1862 by Facundo Bacardi, a rum-maker and revolutionary determined to overthrow Spanish colonialists.

Traveller's Eye: New travel photography collection lets readers pinpoint where each image was taken

A new collection of travel photography lets readers pinpoint for themselves where in the world each image was taken. Earthbound: A Rough Guide to the World in Pictures contains more than 250 images, as well as personal insights by the photographers. It also uses "QR codes" – a form of bar code that can be scanned in on a mobile phone or PDA to take the reader direct to the image location on Google Maps. If you don't have the right technology, no problem: just use the latitude and longitude coordinates next to each image (also provided here, along with brief extracts from Earthbound), which do just the same thing. Simply type them into Google maps (maps.google.co.uk) and the software will zoom in on the correct location.

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