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

For as little as ...

pounds 15

Are Britain's divers getting out of their depth?

THE Health and Safety Executive is investigating the death of a scuba diver earlier this week and may prosecute the diving school involved in the accident which has prompted renewed fears about the safety of the sport in this country.

Travel: Windows under a turquoise sea

Lynette Blackhurst and her family had the most exotic swim of their lives when they plunged into the sea off Eilat to be surrounded by thousands of exotic fish

Hob-nobbing with the dolphin fraternity

Armed only with his enthusiasm,

Travel: Where to find the best dives - and the best deals

From the Red Sea to the eastern Pacific, Gavin Anderson, in the first part of a two-page report on diving, goes in search of some underwater gems

Travel: Under water and out of this world

Sharm El Sheikh on the Red Sea offers the best tropical reef diving within easy reach of Europe. Deborah Keeping takes the plunge

Travel: Late deals

A week self-catering in Puerto de Pollensa, Mallorca, costs from pounds 368 departing Stansted or Gatwick on 11 October. Travel Club: 01708 225 000.

Hypnosis reveals backpacker's killer

A retired Israeli army officer confessed yesterday to the murder of British backpacker Max Hunter, as the law graduate's seriously injured girlfriend prepared for an emotional meeting with his parents.

Student tells of attack on the Red Sea road

Boyfriend shot dead after couple hitch lift to kibbutz

Letter: Border incidents

Sir: Space may well be the final frontier, as Captain Kirk used to say, but the River Tamar surely can't be the "oldest frontier in Europe", as the errant Paul Vallely would have us believe, if its borderline credentials were only established in the 9th century ("A Journey Around the Whole Island of Great Britain", 6 August).

Oils in untroubled waters

The Broader Picture

`I went to conserve wildlife and ended up eating most of it'

The first entries in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's current passport are dated 1988. Having just left Oxford, Hugh spent six months driving round southern Africa with a friend. The idea of the trip was to carry out research for a paper on conservation, which gave Hugh and his friend the perfect excuse to spend six months on safari.

Cone arrangers play in the sand

Three Greeks are creating what they say will be the largest current land art project in the world - a set of perfect cones made of sand and arranged in spirals over 25 acres of Egyptian desert.

Letter: French canal hard to beat

Sir: Christian Wolmar (report, 11 October) says of the proposed waterway linking the North Sea with the Irish Sea that "it might seem like the most ambitious scheme since Moses tried to part the Red Sea".

Hebron talks are delayed

Talks between the Israelis and the Palestine Liberation Organisation on a long-postponed redeployment from the West Bank town of Hebron, set to resume in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Taba today, have been delayed until tomorrow, an Israeli spokesman said.
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