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'Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand was extraordinary'

Arizona immigration bill sparks protests

Anger was mounting throughout the US yesterday over a draconian law in Arizona cracking down on illegal immigration.

Hyundai iX35

Hyundai's iX35 is an SUV – ideal for people who don't really like SUVs

The Last Word: If Woods makes miracle return, he needs to say sorry again

'Broken man' has pieced together his shattered life in just a month and is set to play a round once more

McIlroy whips up a desert storm

With Tiger and Mickleson absent, the Ulsterman is the talk of the Tucson matchplay

US missionary freed by North Korea is on his way home

Looking pale and drawn, an American missionary was on his way home today after being freed by North Korea, which detained him for illegally crossing its border from China on Christmas Day.

Talk of Tiger's return grows louder ahead of Arizona

Woods rumoured to be preparing comeback in just 11 days at World Match Play

Actress Jean Simmons dies aged 80

Jean Simmons, the stunning beauty who sang with Marlon Brando in Guys and Dolls and was Ophelia to Laurence Olivier's Hamlet, died today.



Five refugees killed as van rolls in US

Five people were killed and 12 others injured when a van loaded with Burundian refugees seeking work crashed on an Arizona highway.

Best for deserts: Arizona

From high-level trekking in Morocco's Atlas Mountains to rubbing shoulders with A-listers on Hollywood Boulevard, and from rural retreats off Tuscany's beaten track to jet-set hang outs for Moscow's super-rich, our writers have been to the ends of the earth to find a world of inspiration

TV provider 'mortified' over porn Super Bowl interruption

A cable television provider apologised today to Tucson-area customers over a 30-second porn interruption during the Super Bowl.

McIlroy to get Masters class from Tiger

Teenage sensation reveals invitation to play Augusta practice round with Woods

The lunatic fringe: Is moonlight the miracle cure?

Deep in the Arizona desert, a bizarre machine is offering new hope to sufferers from conditions ranging from eczema to cancer. How does it work? By the light of the silvery moon... Words & pictures by Jason Oddy

DeVotchKa: Under stormy skies

They wrote the soundtrack for 'Little Miss Sunshine', but DeVotchKa are all about heartache. Chris Mugan digs deeper

Album: Lizz Wright, The Orchard (Verve Forecast)

Produced once again by Craig Street, this third album by stately-voiced, gospel-trained Wright represents a great leap forward.

No dropped shots but Casey still drops out

Paul Casey did not drop a shot at the WGC Match Play Championship on Friday, but that didn't stop him from losing. Casey bowed out at the hands of KJ Choi in their third-round match at Dove Mountain and – with Colin Montgomerie also losing – the quarter-finals became a British-free zone.

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Vietnam
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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
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there