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There's no tiger without 'taiga': how Russians are fighting the decline of these beautiful cats

In the first of an occasional series, our writer on the eastern fringes of Russia reports on the conservationists who are trying to save the Amur Tiger

With his trademark dyed hair cigar and jewellery, Jimmy Savile, seen here in December 2006, helped to raise more than £30m for charities

Jimmy Savile's rose tinted glasses, bling and cigars go under the hammer

A sale of the late Sir Jimmy Savile's possessions and mementoes has got under way with one of the late DJ's Highland suits going for £280.

Serena wears a Casio computer watch, while Federer, right, wears his luxury Rolex

Trending: Watch-watch... Serena Williams' £15 Casio thumps the Fed's Rolex

He'd just won his seventh Wimbledon title and Centre Court was going wild, but Roger Federer had been well-drilled by his corporate sponsors, so calmly sat down and strapped on his wrist watch.

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Warren Gatland has stamped his authority on the Welsh rugby team

Jamie Corrigan: Gatland brings the 70s flair back into fashion

The Way I See It: Phillips was restrained onthefloor outside a McDonald's. His ego seemed supersized

Rolex watch found in drain is claimed

A £21,000 gold Rolex watch found in a drain by a street cleaner has been claimed by its owner.

Pawnbroker to target the Rolex brigade

The UK's largest pawnbroker, H&T, is targeting upmarket customers who have fallen on hard times, and is eyeing shops in affluent areas.

Biggest pawnbroker targets the affluent

The UK's largest pawnbroker, H&T, is targeting upmarket customers who have fallen on hard times, and is eyeing shops in affluent areas.

Ex-president's Rolex winds up at Sotheby's

Relatives of India's first president have sought the intervention of the country's ambassador to Switzerland to halt the sale of a rare watch once owned by him.

Theatrical brilliance from Lebanon

A slight, 57-year-old man with a vertical shock of hair stands on a street corner in Beirut. He is Peter Sellars, the radical American theatre and opera director. His gaze and smile are simultaneously vivid and quizzical, radiating a Zen vibe that only just conceals his flashing, Catherine Wheel intellect. There’s a McDonalds 50 metres away, but he certainly isn’t here for a Happy Meal. He’s waiting for a remarkable young Lebanese actress and theatrical provocateur called Maya Zbib.

Choppers scramble for dramatic Fastnet Race rescue

In a major rescue operation the crew of 21 on the biggest boat in the Rolex Fastnet race had to be rescued as the American-owned 100-foot Rambler capsized close to the Fastnet Rock and lighthouse off the south-west tip of Ireland. The Baltimore lifeboat was on the scene, two Sikorsky helicopters scrambled and an Irish naval vessel sent to the scene.

Playing in a sauna delivers healthy dividends

United and Arsenal profit in Asia as City try to 'break' America

Music for Solaris: the mentoring process

The Australian experimental composer Ben Frost is in London to meet his mentor Brian Eno, ahead of their joint project at the Reykjavik Festival in Iceland this weekend.

Women lead GB medal rush

Great Britain's women picked up six medals on the final day of competition at the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Hyeres, France yesterday.

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