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Everton furiously rejected United's approaches for the England defender last summer and hope to tie down his future after a breakthrough in negotiations

Travel Challenge: Half term in Tenerife

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: a trip to Tenerife during the February school half term. Prices are for a family of four (two adults, two children), with a week's accommodation and flights from the UK to Tenerife South on 16 or 17 February.

'A true gentleman': Coronation Street star Bill Tarmey who played Jack Duckworth dies aged 71

Bill Tarmey, who played the role of Jack Duckworth in Coronation Street for more than 30 years, has died aged 71.

Under £200: BA Holidays is having a “Go after the Games” sale. Book by 25 September for European city breaks. They range from Nice to Naples, where three nights at the Villa Capodimonte is £186pp (room only) with flights from Gatwick on 19 Oct. ba.com/holidays

Deals of the week: Europe, Devon and the Canaries

Under £200... BA Holidays is having a "Go after the Games" sale. Book by 25 September for European city breaks. They range from Nice to Naples (pictured), where three nights at the Villa Capodimonte is £186pp (room only) with flights from Gatwick on 19 Oct. ba.com/holidays

All at sea: Norwegian Epic sets sail for Miami in October

Cruise Report: Flexible travellers can snap up 'repositioning' bargains

As summer in Europe winds down, flexible travellers can find bargains on a variety of unusual cruises. We are moving into the "repositioning" season. From late October to early December, numerous ships head west across the Atlantic to spend the winter months plying the warm waters of the Caribbean or South America. To help offset the cost of relocating the ships, cruise lines get paying passengers on board these one-off journeys by offering discounted fares. On these longer voyages – usually about two weeks – the cost per day can work out less than half of what it would be on a regular cruise.

Two die fighting fires in Alicante as tourists are evacuated from La Gomera

Two firefighters have died battling a wildfire in the Spanish province of Alicante.

Islanders evacuated as fires cause 'living hell'

Wildfires have forced the evacuation of thousands of residents and are threatening some of Spain's most precious national parks, including a Unesco World Heritage site.

Wildfires threaten national parks in the Canaries

Wildfires have forced the evacuation of thousands of residents and are threatening some of Spain's most precious national parks, including a Unesco World Heritage site.

Tour de France: What makes Bradley the best Brit on two wheels?

Bradley Wiggins has already made history as the most successful British contender in the history of the Tour de France. Riding this weekend wearing the coveted yellow jersey, Wiggins has been at pains to scotch insinuations that his amazing performance is fuelled by perfomance-enhancing drugs. Here we explain just what makes him the Best Brit on the Tour.

Aegean Escape: Five star Levante Beach, Rhodes, is the latest resort offered by Mark Warner

Summer 2012: Island life

Snap up a half-price holiday in the Balearics with Mallorca Farmhouses (0845 800 8080; mallorca.co.uk), which is offering savings on last-minute bookings throughout summer.

La Gomera, Tenerife’s serene little sister

La Gomera: The Canary Island that mass tourism forgot

... or never knew in the first place. This beautiful patch of volcanic land welcomes visitors – but has not sold its soul

Swansea must retain focus says Leon Britton

Swansea may head into tomorrow's Barclays Premier League meeting with Norwich sitting in the top half of the table, but midfielder Leon Britton has warned his team-mates they cannot afford to let their focus slip between now and the end of the season.

Star spangled: telescopes in Chile's Atacama Desert

The best places on earth to see the sky at night

With the Patrick Moore Planetarium in Leicester inspiring a new generation of stargazers, Aaron Miller finds ways to let you get close to the wonders of our cosmos

Winter holidays: follow the sun

Whether you're mourning the summer we never had – or want to escape the big chill ahead – Chris Leadbeater has the hottest spots for winter holidays
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

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