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

A bedroom in Habanavista

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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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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10 best high-end laptops

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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
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Garden Bridge

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Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
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Freud and Eros

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