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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.

Silicon Valley besieged by chip robbers

SAN JOSE, California, is known as the safest big city in the US, but Arthur Fonda lives there in a state of suburban siege.

city slicker San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica, is the new HQ of the UN's Group of 77 developing countries, and was also recently appointed presidential country of the Grupo de Rio - a consultation body working for peace in Central America

Do you know the other way to San Jose?

Statistics say this city is as normal as apple pie. They lie.

Rusedski finds a way in San Jose

Britain's Greg Rusedski blasted his way into the second round of the Sybase Open men's indoor tournament in San Jose, California, yesterday.

Wet and dull: today, tomorrow and the day after

Jim White advises a 24-hour cable channel on how best to broadcast forecasts to British weather fanatics

CARDIFF DEVILS SIGN ROBERT MILLETTE

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BRAVE NEW WORLD?

Like latter-day Pilgrim Fathers, a band of Britons plans to cross the Atlantic and build Utopia. They've even put in an offer for an island. But can Tony Craig and his followers realise their dream before it all turns sour?

TRAVEL; A night out with a turtle

Avoiding crocodiles and snakes in Costa Rica, John Carlin settled for peaceful reptiles and a violent volcano

Athletics: Denise Lewis

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Ecuadorean official seeks asylum

Ecuadorean official seeks asylum

Maple Leafs fly high in the play-offs

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Obituaries Manuel Mora Valverde

Manuel Mora Valverde, founder of one of the oldest Communist parties in Latin America, consistently rejected the option of violent revolution for his country. He believed instead that Costa Rica, with its democratic traditions unique in Central Am erica,would gain more from a Communist party that worked to change the system peacefully from within.

TRAVEL / The Place Next Door: The Canal Zone: Freighters gliding through the jungle, colonial architecture and Wild West scenery are among the attractions of Panama, Costa Rica's unexplored neighbour. Simon Calder continues our series

THE JOURNEY from the United States to Panama confirms all your preconceptions about Latin America: sweaty, sickly air, tainted with the fumes of fierce cigarettes; heavily armed officials who leer suspiciously at strangers; taxi drivers gabbling conspiratorially in bad Spanish. And that's just Miami airport.

From press to click: This month, the New York Times goes on line, tentatively launching its first electronic newspaper. Before the century's out, we'll be scrolling up and down at breakfast. The moguls are poised to cash in, but are we ready for an information feeding frenzy?

JOE MAILLE reads the newspaper most mornings from an IBM-compatible computer which sits discreetly on an oak desk in his home office in a clean California suburb. He sits in a specially padded office chair, feet up on the desk, coffee mug by the keyboard, concentrating hard. The text of his electronic newspaper marches up and down the small, square, green screen to the soft patter of his keystrokes.
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