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For some language courses, a year in Paris is usual. But if you're reading Arabic, you have to travel a little further afield, as Rosie Collington found out

A Grand Canyon-style ocean floor hidden deep under the Red Sea

Navy discovers 250 metre-deep ‘Grand Canyon’ beneath the waves of the Red Sea

The Devonport based ship created 3D images of the canyon, which was found after the ship left the Egyptian port of Safaga

Deals of the week: Prague, Barcelona, Sharm el-Sheikh

Less than £200... Book by 31 January and Flight Centre is offering two nights in picturesque Prague for £199 per person. The package includes British Airways flights from Heathrow for travel between 1 and 22 March and B&B accommodation at the Hotel City Inn. Flightcentre.co.uk

Deals of the week: Eurostar, Austria, Jordan

Less than £200... Tomorrow, Eurostar is launching a 12-day sale with seats available from London to Lille, Brussels and Paris (left) from £59 return, and £159 in Standard Premier class. 150,000 seats are available, for travel between 17 January and 27 March. eurostar.com

American shot dead after hotel slaying

Israeli forces shot dead an American man who opened fire in a seaside hotel packed with tourists yesterday and killed a person.

An Egyptian military convoy advances into north Sinai

Six suspected militants held near scene of Sinai clashes

Six suspected militants have been captured in the Sinai region, Egyptian police said yesterday, following an attack on a police station near the frontier with Israel this week in which 16 border guards were killed.

Deals of the week: Ashdown Park, Greek Islands, Red Sea

Under £200... Spend three nights relaxing at the Ashdown Park country-house hotel in East Sussex for £199 per person. The price is based on two sharing and is valid for midweek and weekend stays until 23 December, with a full English breakfast each day. Prideofbritainhotels.com

Portfolio: Norman Lomax

It was at a swimming pool in Weymouth that Norman Lomax first saw Sue Austin propelling herself through the water in an adapted wheelchair – and it was something of a eureka moment for him. "As a photographer," he explains, "the best stories are of ordinary people doing extraordinary things – that's what I saw here."

Deals of the week: Nice, Red Sea, Portugal

Less than £200... The price of £173 per person will transport you to the culturally alluring city and sandy shores of Nice on the French Riviera. The easyJet Holidays deal includes a three-night stay at the Hôtel Univers with breakfast and flights from Gatwick on 31 July. holidays.easyjet.com

Bedouins kidnap American tourists

Two American tourists have been kidnapped while travelling in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

Bin Laden's widows 'have no terror links'

Saudi Arabia has no evidence that Osama bin Laden's three wives and and reportedly 11 children deported from Pakistan have been involved in terrorism, officials said yesterday in an apparent indication that they will allow the group to remain in the kingdom.

Israeli police stand next to a rocket that landed in the resort town of Eilat

Popular Israeli resort Eilat hit by rocket attack

A rocket fired from Egypt's Sinai desert hit a southern Israeli resort city, police said, raising new concerns about militant activity in the mountainous peninsula. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Sinai was becoming a “terror zone.”

Seat sale: Singapore Airlines has a seat sale on return air fares to 23 appealing Asian and Australasian destinations

Egypt gunmen snatch US tourists

Gunmen have snatched two female American tourists and their Egyptian guide near in the Sinai.

Travel Challenge: A diving holiday in Egypt

Each week, we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a week-long diving holiday in the Red Sea resorts of Egypt in early February. Prices are per person, based on two sharing, and include flights from London and all-inclusive accommodation.

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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
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The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

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Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

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