Asian broadcasters buy Peppa Pig rights

Entertainment One, the media firm, has sold the broadcasting rights for some of its most popular children's programmes, including Peppa Pig, to major broadcasters in Asia.

Briton amongst dead in Thai disco blaze

A British man has been confirmed as one of four people killed when a fire swept through a nightclub in Thailand.

The pieces of skull of an early modern Homo sapiens, found in the Tam Pa Ling cave in Laos. Dating suggests it is between 46,000 and 63,000 years old, making it the oldest skeletal remains of modern man in Asia

Skull shows early man's epic journey to Asia

It's 46,000 years old – but bears evidence humans were colonists from the start

Four die in Phuket Tiger Disco club blaze

The Foreign Office is looking into reports that four have died in a nightclub in Thailand that is popular with British tourists.

Rory McIlroy signs autographs at a saturated Ocean Course

Bullish Rory McIlroy says rare USPGA grass fits his game

Irishman claims first major to be played on tougher paspalum surface will suit him down to the ground

Kohlrabi (Brassica 'Purple Delicacy')

Caravan of love: How Joy Larkcom transformed the way we grow, cook and eat our greens

Emma Townshend pays homage to a woman whose passion for vegetables saw her take to the roads of Europe in the 1970s.

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1.23m: Holidaymakers in year to May 2012
£18.2bn: Amount holidaymakers spent in year to May 2012
£100m: Budget for GREAT global marketing campaign
2bn: The number of people who watched the Royal Wedding

Cold, wet and gridlocked, but still they come

Tourist chief wants budget boost as record numbers flock to Britain

he Angel of the North statue is covered in heavy snow as a bitter chill swept across Britain in December 2011

Study forecasts global increase in freak weather

Heatwaves and flooding are more likely in coming decades because of climate change, according to a new report which found that global warming probably caused freak weather around the world last year.

Islesburgh House in Lerwick has been rated the best hostel in the world

Shetland's Islesburgh House voted top hostel in world

A windswept Scottish youth hostel, closer to the Arctic Circle than to Manchester, is set for its most successful year after being rated the best in the world.

Investors heckle Sir Howard Stringer at Sony's annual meeting

Sony's chairman Sir Howard Stringer was heckled by investors who vented their fury at the annual meeting after the electronics giant made a record loss of ¥456.7bn (£3.68bn).

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Red shirts rally as Thai constitutional crisis looms

Thailand's "red shirts" turned out in force yesterday to warn that they will not stand by if the judiciary rejects a plan to amend the constitution – a rewrite that critics say is aimed at allowing the exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to come home.

Shell fights on for Cove

Royal Dutch Shell is expected to turn up the heat in its battle for Cove Energy, the Mozambique-focused gas explorer that has generated huge interest among the supermajors.

Anthony Hilton: A torrid time as we pay the price of globalisation

In Liverpool during the first half of the week for the annual conference of Airmic, who are the people in our largest businesses who buy their company's insurance.

Thai bill targets Thaksin Shinawatra return

Thailand's politics is heating up over a bill that could herald the return of divisive ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, while his former top lieutenants prepare to re-enter the political arena after a five-year ban.

A fan dressed as Lady Gaga waiting for the singer's concert in Seoul

Protests in Thailand over provocative shows by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga's provocative lyrics and costumes have angered Christian groups in South Korea and the Philippines and Islamists in Indonesia, where the show may be banned.

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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20 best days out for the summer holidays

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