Travel Hungary appetite: Budapest appealed to Jenna Coleman

'I love the bars, thermal baths and laid-back feel of Budapest in summer'

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Why humans lost their body hair: to stop their brains from overheating as we evolved

Losing heat through sweating would have been important for early humans walking on two legs and developing larger brains

The Duchess of Cambridge is currently five months pregnant

Royal Family condemn plans by Italian magazine to publish 'baby bump' bikini photos of Duchess of Cambridge

The Royal Family has criticised an Italian magazine for threatening to publish paparazzi photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge as she walked on a secluded beach in a bikini during a holiday to Mustique earlier this week.

The Big Six: Nicaraguan beach retreats

Pristine sands, golden shores, sea turtles, luxury wellness, fun surf and seafood shacks

The fashion experts: The best lip balms

Sometimes it seems that the world can be divided into two types of people – those who can live without lip balm and those who can't. I'm firmly in the second camp – and never more so than in the deep midwinter, when icy winds and drying central heating conspire to shred my lips.

Civility breaks out on a rail journey to hell

It seems that some of the Olympic good humour lingers on, even for commuters

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B&B and Beyond: Habanavista, Havana

A penthouse overlooking Havana's Malecón seaside wall is a new breed of 'casa particular', says Claire Boobbyer

Andy Murray practises ahead of tonight’s final round-robin match

Murray fights to keep season alive – then plans rare holiday

Andy Murray is hoping not to start thinking about holiday plans until the end of Monday night's final here at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals but the Scot will be taking his first break for two years after the season-ending finale. Murray, who meets Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tonight in his concluding round-robin match as he attempts to qualify for Sunday's semi-finals, is changing his off-season plans this year to incorporate both a holiday and Christmas at home.

Power dressing: the election-race wardrobes

With polling in the US about to get under way, Harriet Walker casts her vote on who has won in the fashion stakes

High life: Manhattan's High Line Park, top, is the inspiration for Manchester's Hanging Gardens, envisaged below

Walking in the air: Castlefield's own High Line Park

A garden in the sky is Manchester's answer to New York high living

Italian idyll: the Tuscan town of Monte-pulciano

My Life In Travel: Sarah Parish

'Rome is a great city for people watching'

More bikini shots from Closer: Don't worry about cellulite, lawyer tells French first lady

The 47-year-old French First Lady was secretly pictured earlier this year in a bikini, and is suing for invasion of privacy.

The Duchess made two big mistakes: dropping her top in the first place, and seeking retribution

Rock bottom: New Kate Middleton pics show more

Just when you thought you'd never see another nude royal body part again - at least untill the next news cycle - more pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge have surfaced, this time in the Dutch tabloid Se Og Hor.

Doctors and nurses make the best neighbours

More bad news for politicians in latest poll

Portugal drowning victims named as Lara Lewis and Brian O'Dwyer

A five-year-old girl and her grandfather who drowned off a Portuguese beach after they were swept into the sea were described today as part of a happy and loving family.

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New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art
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He was man-of-the-match in the third Test following his recall to the England side
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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

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VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
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Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
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Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
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