Student

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

Thomson counts the cost of Egypt strife

Thomson Holidays owner TUI Travel today warned the political unrest in Egypt and Tunisia could hit earnings by up to £30 million.

Ask the traveller: Curfew in Egypt

We are booked to travel to Soma Bay, Egypt, departing Gatwick this Friday. We have no problems with the avoidance of Cairo, but the nationwide curfew is another matter. We do not feel it is reasonable to have a holiday where we are confined to our hotel between 4pm and 8am each day. We are golfers and had intended to play in the afternoons, then eat out at night. Neither of these options will be open to us if the curfew is truly nationwide. Can you tell us the legal situation – should we cancel on the basis of the curfew potentially ruining our trip?

Out of Africa: stone tools rewrite history of man as a global species

A stone-age archaeological site in the Arabian peninsula has become the focus of a radical theory of how early humans made the long walk from their evolutionary homeland of Africa to become a globally-dispersed species.

Does the Red Sea represent a pharaoh bargain for buyers?

Britons hunting for holiday homes in Egypt have been stung in the past by unscrupulous developers. The aim is to think big, says Julian Knight

Moody injury leaves Bath deflated after spree

Bath 55 Aironi Rugby 16

Good to go: Jamaica, Lake District, Red Sea

Jet off to Jamaica

DJ Taylor: Yes! We can beat austerity...and Australia

Ashes triumph and the love of a good sale make light of economic gloom and a long winter ahead

Travel companies cancel water sports after shark attacks

British holiday companies today cancelled all water sports and boat trips in an Egyptian resort following shark attacks that have left several people seriously injured and one woman dead.

Shark kills tourist after all-clear signal

A German woman was killed yesterday by a shark at the Sinai's most popular Red Sea resort only a day after the Egyptian authorities had declared the waters safe in the wake of a series of other attacks.

Simon Calder: Holidaymakers' perception of dangers they face is distorted

The high of 27C predicted for today is a strong draw for the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. But for many of the million-plus British visitors who will fly to the Sinai Peninsula this year, the warm, rich waters of the Red Sea comprise an even stronger attraction.

Egypt: Shark attacks on Red Sea tourists

Two sharks suspected of mauling four tourists at a Red Sea resort have been caught, the Egyptian Environment Ministry has said.

Red Sea shark alert after swimmers are savaged

Swimmers have been warned to stay out of the water at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh after four tourists were attacked by a shark.

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