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My stomach has endured the full scope of awful foods this planet has to offer Trying adventurous food is a big part of travelling, but India, where I'm travelling through now, has more problems with [food] hygiene than anywhere else in the world. It's a cultural problem, as eating meat is a rarity in rural areas, so they treat it like a vegetable, keeping it in a cupboard. So when the occasional Westerner passes through, by the time it's pulled out, it's been in there for a few months. When travelling across poorer parts of India now, I try to survive off rice and dahl.

Bride pays tribute to husband after shark attack

The widow of a British man killed by a shark in the Seychelles has paid tribute to her "handsome and caring" husband.

Shark attack kills British groom on honeymoon in Seychelles

A British honeymooner was killed in a shark attack in the Seychelles yesterday as his new bride looked on.

Boxing: Maidana's goads are lost on Khan

Amir Khan has ruled out the possibility of a rematch with Marcos Maidana, instead favouring Erik Morales as his final opponent at light-welterweight. Maidana, who lost on points in December despite giving Khan a ferocious battering in the 10th round, has attempted to goad Khan into accepting a repeat of their thriller by claiming the 24-year-old "begged the WBA in writing" to avoid him. "I've got bigger fish to fry," said Khan. "I really want to fight the winner of Morales and [Lucas] Matthysse."

Robert Fisk: Heard the one about the child and the blood money?

The book bazaar stands just opposite the main gates of Tehran University, a line of "libraries" of Persian poetry, American obstetrics manuals, English literature and novels translated from Russian, French and Italian authors.

Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival set to get revellers all in a spin in sunny Sète

There is an 18-hour beach party on the last day of Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival, which starts next week, in Sète, in the south of France. This year's line-up, hand-picked by Peterson, includes Raphael Saadiq, Dam-Funk, James Blake, Jamie xx, Flying Lotus, Mount Kimbie, Joy Orbison and Laurent Garnier.

'Man-eating shark' is spotted off Cornish coast

A mysterious shark-sighting off the coast of Cornwall has caused a stir, but it may be a case of mistaken identity.

Darius Guppy: 'If we go to war with Iran, I'm in trouble'

The self-proclaimed international man of mystery and potential psychopath is a lively lunch companion. And now he wants to save the world. Matthew Bell meets Darius Guppy

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: We're overcoming a poisonous prejudice

Deep in our tissues lurks a forgotten emotion, forgotten because most of us no longer need it. It is a terrified fascination with our predators – animals whose prey we might be. It is clearly an ancient emotion, and it is clearly potent, and its existence was brilliantly illuminated and tapped into by Steven Spielberg when he directed Jaws in 1975 – creating at the age of 29 what was then the most profitable movie ever made.

Superficial or super? Twickenham can decide

Southern game comes to HQ tomorrow with a galaxy of stars on show – but can it win over the traditionalists?

Video: Two shark attacks in a week

A surfer in Australia has survived after becoming the second victim of a shark attack in the space of a week.

Video: Woman survives shark attack

A woman has been rushed to hospital after being attacked by a shark off the east coast of Australia.

Lady Luck is just an illusion. So why are we so much in thrall to her?

We all cheered when Steve Whiteley won £1m-plus for a £2 stake last week. Tim Lott investigates a nation's often jubilant obsesssion with probability

On The Road: Conquer your aquatic anxiety by swimming with a giant of the ocean

I'm afraid of the ocean. It seems ridiculous for someone spending time in Australia, but I really don't like swimming in the sea and snorkelling is even worse. How can anyone not have a panic attack when they hear themselves breathing like that?

Video: A 'million' sardines die

Nearly a million sardines have died in a marina in Southern California after suffocating to death.

Video: Shark attack in Australia

Police say a diver has been killed by two great white sharks off the south Australian coast.

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