Sport Leighton Baines

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

On top of the world in Tenerife

Mount Teide offers the perfect challenge for mountain bikers keen to combine exercise with winter sun in the Canaries. Roger Thomas gets in the saddle to experience Spain's highest peak

DJ found dead on birthday

A successful British DJ was found dead in the bedroom of his Tenerife apartment on his 32nd birthday, his family said.

Couple found dead in Tenerife named

A British couple found dead at their home in Tenerife were named by the Foreign Office today.

Diaries tell forgotten story of Nelson's nurse

As a young woman Elizabeth Wynne witnessed some of the key events of the 18th century, noting meticulously in more than 40 volumes of diaries experiences from nursing Admiral Lord Nelson following the loss of his arm to the bloody aftermath of the French Revolution. But despite her remarkable life, "Betsey" was lost to history.

Lineker blames £25,000-a-year school after son fails to make grade

Most schools would expect to deal with a handful of troublesome parents at this time of year, when the exam results season understandably causes emotions to run high. But not all of them have to cope with the ire of a former England football captain.

Gary Lineker criticises son's elite school

BBC football host Gary Lineker attacked an elite British private school today for failing to get his son into university.

Unseen photos of The Beatles go on show

Previously unseen photographs charting The Beatles’ formative years will go on display at Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery & Museum next week.

Holiday jet turns back after engine scare

A holiday jet carrying more than 200 passengers was forced to turn back after a problem with an engine shortly after take-off.

My Secret Life: Josie Long, comedian, 28

My parents are … My mum just retired and moved to Tenerife. She's obsessed with Tenerife and her dog, it's very cute. When he worked, my dad had something to do with the Dartford Tunnel. Now he's just obsessed with Facebook.

Travel challenge: An Easter family holiday in Tenerife

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a seven-night Easter holiday for a family of four in Tenerife. The price is for a family of two adults and two children departing on 2 April and includes flights and seven nights' accommodation.

Briton dies in Tenerife 'burglary'

A British man has died in Tenerife, the Foreign Office said today, in what may have been a bungled robbery.

Mum jailed over 'most ill child' pretence

A mother who pretended that her son was terminally ill for six years in order to gain access to celebrities, a prime minister, the royal family and charitable donations has been jailed for three years.

How to bag a bargain cruise trip

Is it possible to travel in style from Italy to Brazil for under £270? It is on an 18-day cruise...

Smallest orchid in the world is found

Tiny transparent flower from Ecuador one of 60 new species discovered by botanist
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