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On Sky Atlantic last night, we finally had a chance to see Looking, the new HBO series, which has inspired a deluge of internet comment, despite disappointingly low viewing figures on its US debut earlier this month.

Which airline offers the best passenger rights for my flight to the US?

Q. I am in the process of booking a return flight from London to San Francisco. The direct flight I have selected is run by United but I can also book the same one through the Lufthansa site. Is there any advantage, under the EU rules, for this flight if I book the Lufthansa option? Margaret Read, Stafford

Avenal state prison in northern California’s San Joaquin Valley

California: Prisoners at Avenal and Pleasant Valley prisons demand move as valley fever death toll rises

Thousands of inmates at two California prisons may be transferred to other facilities, to avoid the threat of a condition known as valley fever.

The Artemis Racing yacht is towed to shore after capsizing in the San Francisco Bay. British yacht-racing champion Andrew

Lack of progress in safety provisions frustrating America's Cup in wake of Andrew Simpson death

Just two of original 37 proposals have been incorporated into the rules following death of British sailor

The smart money's on a female for the Fed

The leading contender to take charge of America's purse-strings as head of the Federal Reserve would be the first woman in the job

93,000 killed in Syrian civil war since March 2011, says UN

Among the victims were 6,561 children 1,700 of them under ten years old

Oman AIR MOD70 leads the Route des Prince multihull fleet

Out of the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic, the Oman AIR MOD70 led the Route des Prince multihull fleet through the Straits of Gibraltar on the first leg from Valencia to Lisbon.

Tim Cook from Apple's WWDC 2012.

Apple's WWDC live blog: Latest news and updates: Tim Cook unveils iOS 7

We're here to drag in all the latest news and updates from Tim Cook and the gang, but if you're looking out for what to expect then you can check our rumour round-up ahead of the conference or read more about flat design and skeuomorphism - the one thing we're deadly certain will be revealed today.

America's Cup cuts challenger race programme following death of Andrew Simpson

The America’s Cup has taken another body blow with the publication of a much reduced programme of elimination races following the death of British gold and silver Olympic medallist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson.

Feast in the East: a sushi bar in the Japanese capital

My life in travel: Yotam Ottolenghi

'In Tokyo, I spent nights sitting in bars, eating noodles, raw fish and fried foods'

Artemis in race to make America’s Cup start line

Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson’s team, the Swedish America’s Cup challenger Artemis Racing is to try and take part in the elimination trials which start in San Francisco in four weeks, but they do not expect to be able to race until up to a month after that.

Superfan Grace Dent was prepared to break her ban on coach travel for the 10-hour tour

Grace Dent plays the Game of Thrones - superfan goes on location

Ahead of the season finale of everyone’s favourite TV epic, our writer dons her cape and tunic to take a real-life tour of where the magic happens

Jack Vance: Celebrated author of fantasy and science fiction

Jack Vance was an author of science fiction and fantasy novels who wrote more than 60 books and many short stories during his long career. Vance viewed his task as a writer to be invisible to the reader, as he explained in his autobiography, "…the mark of good writing, in my opinion, is that the reader is not aware that the story has been written; as he reads, the ideas and images flow into his mind as if he were living them. The utmost accolade a writer can receive is that the reader is incognisant of his presence."

US bans patent-row iPhone 4 imports

Imports of Apple's iPhone 4 and a variant of the iPad 2 have been banned by a US trade agency after it found the devices violate a patent held by South Korean rival Samsung.

Silicon Valley’s finest minds to brainstorm ideas on the 'humanitarian super highway' in the sky en route to London

US West Coast’s entrepreneurs to use 11-hour flight from San Francisco to London to brainstorm ideas for making the world a safer place

Dawn raider Ben Ainslie points his flying 45-foot catamaran at a new record for the J.P. Morgan Round the Island (of Wight) Race

Ben Ainslie sets new record in the Round the Island Race

From tears and sorrow on Friday to smiles and triumph on Saturday, Ben Ainslie set a searing sub three hours new record in the Round the Island Race in tribute to his old friend and fellow Olympic gold medallist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee