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Google Doodle celebrates the Year of the Horse

Up and away: rugby fullback Ben Foden gets ready for the Gherkin Challenge

Stair-climbing: A step change in keeping fit

Climbing stairs is possibly the best and cheapest route to fitness ever invented. It's even a sport in its own right. Jane Taylor explains why we should give the lift a miss

Phil Mickelson, five times a runner-up at this event, is one solid round from running winning the US Open

US Open 2013: Phil Mickelson leads but English duo
Luke Donald and Justin Rose remain in contention

Donald and Rose could end 43-year wait for an English winner

Chen in court in 1998; he was sentenced to 16 years in prison

Chen Xitong: Disgraced former mayor of Beijing

'A regrettable tragedy that could have been avoided,' he later said of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre

The new Tab 3 adds to the Samsung range - but on an initial look, you may well decide not to add it to your wishlist

Another day, another Samsung launch - this time two new tablets in the Tab 3 range

Following the unveiling of their Galaxy S4 mini, it seems that Samsung is sticking with its varied-as-possible approach to product lines by unveiling two new tablets – an 8-inch and a 10.1-inch variation of the Galaxy Tab 3 range.

Sergei Bubka bids for IOC post

Former Olympic pole vault champion Sergei Bubka – and still the world record holder – launched his bid for the presidency of the International Olympic Committee, world sport's most influential post.

A cell phone with the a new Facebook interface

HTC's Facebook phone launch postponed in UK and Europe

The launch has been put on hold after a negative reaction to the HTC handset in the US

Ang Lee with his award for best director and the Oscars 2013

Ang Lee pulls out of television project Tyrant citing fatigue from four years working on Life of Pi

Oscar winning-director Ang Lee has cancelled plans to direct the pilot of new US television series Tyrant, saying that he needed to rest after spending four years working on 3D fantasy-adventure film Life of Pi.

The Uninvited, By Liz Jensen

Shape-shifting pixies battle fat cats in a genre-bending thriller

Taiwan's Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao speaks during a press conference in Taipei saying she had refused to see Philippine special envoy Amadeo Perez in regards to Philippine coastguards shooting dead a 65-year-old fisherman last week after they said his vessel strayed into Manila's territorial waters

Taiwan rejects Manila apology for fisherman death

Taiwan slammed Manila's apology for the shooting death of a Taiwanese fisherman as informal and insincere, and said it is recalling its representative and will discourage travel to the Philippines.

The Conversation: Jon Lee Anderson, foreign correspondent

Your father was a diplomat and you had lived in, by my count, seven different countries by the time you were an adult. Can you imagine a life without travel?

China enraged by Pentagon’s claims it is waging new cyberwar

US report makes first  explicit accusation that Beijing is hacking for military secrets

Thousands march in May Day protests in Dhaka over lax safety regulations

Bangladesh workers rally to demand safer working conditions and death penalty for owner of collapsed factory as death toll passes 400

Thousands march in May Day protests in Dhaka over lax safety regulations

A woman wears a face mask as she walks past a poster in Beijing showing how to avoid getting the H7N9 bird flu virus

Bird flu strain in China is ‘lethal’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that a new strain of bird flu that has killed 22 people in China is “one of the most lethal” flu viruses so far, and that it is more easily transmittable from poultry to humans than an earlier strain that has killed hundreds around the world since 2003.

Villa park: Vilacampina’s Moorish-style exterior

B&B and Beyond: Vilacampina, Portugal

This Moorish-style guesthouse is a sophisticated base for exploring the region's natural delights, says Katie Monk

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
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Vietnam
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South Africa
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Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

Sports Quiz of the Year

So, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect