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The province of Lopburi, 150km north-east of Bangkok, is famous for the hundreds of crab-eating macaques that overrun its Old Town – including the 13th-century temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot.

Stranded ships threaten wildlife

Officials in eastern Spain say they are struggling to free two ships that ran ashore on a stretch of ecologically valuable coastline.

Chicken with garlic and chestnut stuffing

Chicken with garlic and chestnut stuffing

To serve 6

How The Independent covered the Glencore food crisis story yesterday

Vatican urges G20 to convene crisis summit on food prices

Holy See attacks grain speculators for profiting from the most poor and needy on the planet

Tom Cruise tops the Forbes list, earning $75m in the past year

A Few Good Naan? Tom Cruise goes for a curry in St Albans

Mission Impossible star, thought be worth £160 million, visits restaurant for a 'quiet evening meal'

Loyd Grossman quit 'Masterchef' in 2000

Food: Loyd Grossman to star in 'Eggs Factor' show

He has deliberated, cogitated and digested for long enough. More than 10 years after he quit the original Masterchef, Loyd Groooossman of the long vowels will activate his TV tastebuds again as a judge on Simon Cowell's new cookery show.

Coconut and mango quinoa

Coconut and mango quinoa

Serves 4-6

Feng Sushi, 280 West End Lane, London NW6

Some sushi bars offer a raw deal portion-wise – but not the crowd-pleasing Feng Sushi

Smoked mackerel, asparagus and noodle salad with ginger miso dressing by Maria Elia

Smoked mackerel, asparagus and noodle salad with ginger miso dressing

For the ginger miso dressing

One of the outside spaces in the Athletes' Village

Utopia – inside the global village

The place has an unworldly feel with its toned bodies, free canteens and no need to lock up your bike

China's Ye Shiwen celebrates on the podium of the women's 400m individual medley final swimming event

China hits back at allegations Ye Shiwen took performance enhancing drugs as World Anti-Doping Agency finds her clean

China angrily hit back at allegations that its 16-year-old swimming prodigy Ye Shiwen could only have carried out her recent record-breaking performances with the help of illegal drugs.

Ben Forster, 31, a stage-school graduate who has already appeared in the West End, pipped Rory Taylor, 24, to claim the role of Jesus Christ, with former male model Roger Wright, 41, coming third

3.3m tune in to see Ben Forster win live final of ITV's Superstar

The climax of ITV1's Superstar pulled in only half the audience which the finals of Andrew Lloyd Webber's previous BBC shows attracted.

Under pressure: Chinese food and pizza are the worst offenders

'Change the law to cut salt in our takeaways'

Study of popular fast foods shows levels of sodium that far exceed recommended limits

Thai baked mackerel

Thai baked mackerel

Serves 4

Anthony Hilton: Ramsay the right recipe to save euro? Dream on

This week's most imaginative plan for the eurozone came from Lombard Street Research, a City economics consultancy. It suggested Gordon Ramsay, the chef who sorts out troubled restaurants, should give it the Hell's Kitchen treatment.

Angela Neustatter: You can be a feminist and be happy at home

I never said women should return to the 1950s, but that should not mean that the home gets overlooked

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
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Vietnam
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there