News The Hull-based trawler, the Gaul, which sank in 1974. Tests are being carried out to discover whether human remains found in Russia are those of missing sailors from the trawler that went down in the Barents Sea off Norway with the loss of 36 men

Reason for FV Gaul's demise remains subject of speculation although official 2004 inquiry ruled out conspiracy theories

Twenty-two feared dead as trawler sinks

A South Korean fishing boat sank in the Southern Ocean's frigid waters yesterday, with 22 sailors feared killed in the open sea where vessels trawl for deep-water fish.

Adrift boys were looking for vodka

Three teenagers cast adrift in the Pacific Ocean for 50 days admitted yesterday that they had been in search of vodka.

Chinese trawler captain released

Japan has released a Chinese trawler captain at the centre of a fierce row that has threatened ties between Asia's two biggest economies, Kyodo news agency reported. The agency had earlier said the captain would return to China on Saturday.

Japan releases China boat captain in sea dispute

Japan today released a Chinese trawler captain at the heart of a intense territorial row with China that Tokyo had warned was threatening to damage Asia's two biggest economies, Japanese media reported.

China severs diplomatic contacts with Japan over detention of trawler captain

China yesterday broke off high-level government contacts with Japan over the extended detention of a fishing boat captain arrested near disputed islands. The rare move pushed already tense relations to a new low, and showed China's willingness to play hardball with its Asian rival on issues of territorial integrity.

Crew from Chinese trawler freed

Japan has freed 14 crew members of a Chinese fishing vessel, nearly a week after their trawler and two Japanese patrol boats collided near disputed southern islets. But China attacked Tokyo's decision to keep the captain in custody.

Leading article: Love and hate

The French are known for their unfathomable statements, as football fans will remember from Eric Cantona's musings about seagulls and trawlers. But we Anglo-Saxons had always assumed that the problem was one of cultural translation. We didn't know what they were going on about, but we assumed that they did. Well now we know otherwise. The incomprehension is more than mutual; it exists between compatriots too. How else can we explain the chasm of understanding between Gérard Depardieu and Juliette Binoche? Last month the actor lashed out in an interview saying the actress was a performer who "has nothing, absolutely nothing". Now Mme Binoche, usually known for her sweetness on and off screen, has suggested M. Depardieu might be suffering from psychological problems.

Last Night's TV: Springwatch High Seas with Gordon Buchanan, BBC2<br />Location Location Location, Channel 4<br />All at Sea, ITV1

There's something comforting about Springwatch, isn't there? While ITV recruits armies of minor-league slebs to navigate their coastlines (on which, more to follow), the BBC is content to give us Gordon Buchanan in Springwatch High Seas. And what a wise move it was to. He was an absolute joy: charming, irresistibly enthusiastic, not to mention genuinely knowledgeable on all the things that matter – in this instance, mackerel and killer whales. He was trying to find the latter, by following the former, all while sticking to the British coast: yes, killer whales in Britain! It was all terribly exciting.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum, BBC4 <br> All at Sea, ITV1

First-class trip to a brave old world

How the Seychelles became a pirates' paradise

With Somali buccaneers heading south in search of a safe haven, the islanders fear for their honeymoon reputation and fishing livelihoods. Daniel Howden reports from Port Victoria

Happy birthday, fish & chips! Celebrating 150 years of a great Great British institution

The perennial favourite takeaway dish has survived many fads, famine and wars to keep its place firmly in the nation's heart

MoD bolsters arsenal with 265-year-old salvaged guns

Treasure-hunters sell two bronze cannons recovered from sunken RN warship

Frank Malley: Premier League player cap a potential bonus for England

At last, it appears, a dash of common sense from the Premier League.

The watery grave of Europe's monsters

Fossils dredged up from the North Sea are revealing the exotic creatures that roamed the continent thousands of years ago

Why we became pirates, by the nomad jailed for life

“In our culture we were nomads and we believed it was our right to take sheep, to take cattle. That is how we see the ships. They are our sheep and we will take them.”

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness