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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

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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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment