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Now... Depart any day this month for a walking holiday of the Cinque Terre – an idyllic string of five fishing villages on Italy's Ligurian coast. The self-guided trip with UTracks costs £490pp, with six nights' accommodation and train tickets. utracks.com

England v West Indies: latest images from Edgbaston

All the latest action from the third one-day international

Winehouse cancels UK comeback gig

Amy Winehouse has cancelled her British comeback gig, following reports of ill health.

England v West Indies: latest images from Headingley

All the latest action from the first one-day international

England star jailed for 13 years for smuggling cocaine in kit bag

Jury rejects cricketer Chris Lewis's claim 'friend tricked him into carrying juice cans'

Referral system under scrutiny

Clive Lloyd, the former West Indies captain, will take his place as chairman of the ICC cricket committee today as they decide on a wide range of contentious issues.

The Complete Guide To St Lucia

Cool off with the jazz crowd, retreat to the rainforest or simply wallow in the water: this Caribbean island has it all, says Simon Redfern

Pietersen nearing his endgame

England's best batsman on the brink as team-mates tire of his self-centred attitude

KP hammers final nail into England coffin</p><p>

Traumatised batsman is having grave effect on team while Gayle lambasts him for attack on Chanderpaul

Pandora: Cover star Campbell calls in the favours

Alastair Campbell appears as guest editor of the New Statesman today – and quite the leather-bound address book of names he has commissioned, too.

Amy Winehouse denies assaulting fan

Singer Amy Winehouse turned a court appearance into a spring fashion show today as she pleaded not guilty to assaulting a fan at a party last year.

An island of prosperity as storms ravage world housing

As property investors and people hoping to retire abroad struggle to find a safe haven in the slump, St Lucia could offer a solution.

Selected Poems, By Derek Walcott

Born on St Lucia in 1930, Derek Walcott is – remarkably – one of two Nobel Prize-winners to hail from the tiny Caribbean speck that inspires some of the past century's most splendidly eloquent lyric verse. (The other is economist Arthur Lewis.)

Thieves raid holidaying Winehouse's flat

Thieves broke into singer Amy Winehouse's flat while she was on holiday in St Lucia, police confirmed today.

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

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