Voices

Francis has already used the symbolic power of his office to change attitudes

Simon Calder's Helpdesk: Should I buy a separate ticket for a side trip from Australia to New Zealand?

Q I am attending a conference in Melbourne in September, and have been able to secure an extra five days off at the end of it. I want to take a side trip to New Zealand. Should I book a separate ticket or get the flights to and from as part of my main ticket?

John Slater, Stafford

Shane Todd's death was registered as suicide

The mystery of Shane Todd: Did US electronic engineer commit suicide – or was he murdered because he knew too many Chinese secrets?

Parents claim son had been unhappy at work and feared 'heavy hands coming after him'

Five climbers killed after Mayon volcano erupts in Philippines

More than a dozen injured in first major activity in three years

The Opposition People’s Alliance, led by Anwar Ibrahim, failed to secure enough votes to depose the coalition

Malaysia's long-ruling coalition hangs on to power

Malaysia’s governing coalition extended its 56-year rule despite its worst-ever result in a general election yesterday, thwarting an opposition alliance that had pledged to clean up politics and end race-based policies.

Prime Minister Najib Razak's National Front coalition captured 112 of Malaysia's 222 parliamentary seats

Malaysia's long-ruling coalition hangs on to power

Malaysia’s governing coalition won what was heralded as the nation’s closest election today, extending its 56-year rule and thwarting an opposition alliance that had pledged to clean up politics and end race-based policies.

Merseyside Derby: Brendan Rodgers happy for Liverpool to embrace Fair Play route to Europe

Manager denies playing down desire for Europa League qualification

Najib Razak: The Prime Minister is facing allegations of corruption

Malaysian elections: 'There's big corruption, a lot of state abuse'

David Chin disembarks from the Causeway Express bus that links Singapore to Malaysia’s southernmost state, Johor.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim claims at least 40,000 people had been flown in for the election

Malaysian PM accused of ‘importing voters’ by air

Opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, claims that Najib Razak's office has been arranging flights using national carrier Malaysia Airlines and private carrier Air Asia

Nigeria joins journalist danger list on World Press Freedom day

Nigeria today joined the list of countries where journalists are routinely murdered and assaulted without any convictions for their attackers.

Anti-corruption officials quiz referee and two assistants in global probe into football match-fixing

Anti-corruption officials in Singapore have accused three Lebanese match officials of receiving free sexual favours in exchange for agreeing to fix a match in an international football tournament.

Malaysia prepares for elections

Malaysia's prime minister dissolved Parliament today to call for national elections expected later this month.

Consumers are being cheated 7% of the time when they buy white fish, a study has found

Cheaper fish being passed off as cod and haddock

Consumers are being routinely cheated when they buy cod and haddock, a study has found.

A still image from the popular French reality show Koh-Lanta, the 16th series of which has been abandoned after a contestant died

Second death at French reality TV show as doctor kills himself

Medic leaves note saying he can't look people in face after contestant's death

The current season of Koh Lanta has been cancelled following the death of Gérald Babin

Second tragedy for French version of Survivor reality show as staff doctor kills himself following death of contestant

A doctor working for France's version of the television reality show Survivor committed suicide yesterday, leaving a note saying he had been unfairly criticised over the death of a contestant, the programme's broadcaster said.

Indian women shout anti-government slogans demanding justice to gang rapes in New Delhi

Number of female tourists visiting India falls by a third following Delhi gang rape case

The number of female tourists visiting India has fallen by more than one-third since the Delhi gang rape in which a 23-year-old student was killed, according to a survey by the country’s Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

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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