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A Briton, his Filipino partner and their three-year-old daughter are feared to have been killed when Typhoon Haiyan tore through the city of Tacloban.

Adobe buys web analytics specialist

Adobe Systems, known for its Photoshop editing program and Acrobat document software, announced overnight that it has agreed to buy web analytics firm Omniture for $1.8 billion (£1.09 billion).

Liverpool bid for Amorebieta rubbished by Athletic

Athletic Bilbao president Fernando Garcia Macua insists Liverpool have not made an offer for Fernando Amorebieta.

Wildfires spread as California declares emergency

Strong winds are spreading multiple wildfires across parched parts of California as officials worry the gusts could ignite more blazes and force more evacuations in areas already under a state of emergency.

Cross purposes: Who are the Rosicrucians?

The world is a better place, it seems, if viewed through a pair of Rosicrucian-tinted spectacles. You may have seen their ad – on a poster or in newspaper at home or abroad – promising to improve your memory, develop your will-power, overcome bad habits and enrich your spirit by unlocking the secret wisdom of the ages.

You can live like a movie star down Mexico way

Where do Oscar nominees escape all the fuss? This Pacific playground. Andrew Tong tags along

Spam message volume drops by 50 per cent in a day

The volume of spam email being sent across the internet plummeted yesterday, after a San Jose-based company was taken offline.

Cover Stories: The Jewel of Medina; Ellen Terry; Bulwer-Lytton Contest

* Would Belgrade rush in where Manhattan feared to tread? When Random House US pulled Sherry Jones's novel about the Prophet Muhammad's wife A'isha, The Jewel of Medina, its decision ignited a global firestorm of controversy. For a while it looked as if the book was going to find an unlikely home in Serbia. The Serbian publisher BeoBook printed 1,000 copies. But BeoBook's Aleksandar Jasic has recalled them after protests from the Serbian Muslim community. Meanwhile, it emerges that last October Télémaque in Paris published Geneviève Chauvel's fictionalised biography, Aïcha: La bien-aimée du prophète. The outcome? Strong sales, debate with imams, but no fatwas and no riots. Vive la France!

1968 Olympics: The divided legacy of black power

Forty years ago Tommie Smith and John Carlos risked everything to stand together and deliver the salute that shook the world. So why are they no longer on speaking terms? Guy Adams reports

'Angry' Andy overcomes Karlovic

Andy Murray plans to keep his temper under control after a three-set win over world number 20 Ivo Karlovic put him through to the fourth round of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells.

Where to find the soul of Spain's Moorish hinterland

In a national park near the Moorish city of Lorca, Laura Latham discovers the kind of Spanish landscape she thought had been lost for ever
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