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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

Nevis voters choose to stay with St Kitts

NEVIS FAILED to become one of the world's smallest countries yesterday, but it did force the world to take its self-determination drive seriously, the Caribbean island's premier said. Nevis, a mountainous patch of green with 9,000 people, needed a 67 percent vote in Monday's referendum to secede from neighbouring St Kitts, population 32,000. It got 62 percent.

Jazz: One lord and leaping, in St Lucia

AS THE two acrobats rolled around the floor between the tables of the open-air nightclub, their hands and feet joined together to form a caterpillar tread like a First World War tank, Lord Glenconner said gravely: "They can handle any kind of surface, but gravel is a particular problem." Then it was time for the limbo dancing. All this, of course, has nothing to do with jazz, but a side-trip to his lordship Colin Tennant's club, Bang (Between the Pitons), on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, was an experience difficult to ignore, and one to which we must return.

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Taiwan mourns loss of the little friend stolen by big brother

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Bones on Devon beach could hold secret of struggle for black freedom

DNA testing could help solve the mystery of bones found buried on a north Devon beach. The boxes of bones could be the remains of Caribbean freedom-fighters - heroic prisoners-of-war who died in a West Country wreck. Or they could be the skeletons of Devon fishermen.

Rich and famous find their summer idyll ... in West Cork

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Jack Dear was one of Barbados's best-known, best liked, most respected citizens; and in one sense certainly its most prominent.

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Carnival is not all drinking Special Brew and being cheeky to policemen. Some people have to work, and hard. Surrounding carnival, a network of concerts, jams, and miscellaneous jollification brings a couple of dozen of the Caribbean's top soca entertainers to London in August, on a circuit which includes the major Caribbean cities of Canada and continues back via New York for Labor Day celebrations.
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