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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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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker