Indonesian villagers ride a motorbike as Mount Sinabung spews hot gas and ashes in the background in Karo, North Sumatra province, on Monday. Thousands of people fled their homes after the volcano erupted, a disaster management official said.
This week I've been eating... scallops
Tamu Massif is as big as the British isles and was formed roughly 145 million years ago
Nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated on the remote island
Sparks fly as The Voice reaches the "battle round" stage as two of the acts struggle with a clash of personalities.
Low cost carrier Easyjet plans to disperse ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which caused travel chaos in 2010, later this year and carry out tests using an aircraft warning system designed to detect ash clouds
The bigoted rural snob is Britain's equivalent of the US Southern redneck, a stereotype which allows us to safely locate racism as 'elsewhere' and move on
Conservative Party condemns the comments, which included suggestions that Pakistani students won't 'rise to the top'
A New Zealand volcano erupted with a brief blast of dark ash today, forcing the cancellation of flights but causing no significant damage. Schoolchildren and dozens of other hikers who were walking on trails along the mountain's base were safe.
National Park retreats
Why go in 2013? A last chance to beat the crowds
New York Times writer Maureen Dowd reckons that Barack Obama lost the vice-presidential debate last week - despite not being there. The combative style of both Joe Biden and Paul Ryan showed up his lacklustre performance of the week before. And as Dowd says: "The fact that one diffident debate by the president could throw his whole race into crisis shows that nobody madly loves Obama anymore. With his aloof presidency, he shook off the deep attachments from 2008, and now his support lacks intensity."
Huge volcanoes second only to asteroid impact in terms of the devastation they would visit on the earth
Its rich multicultural heritage makes the city-state an exciting destination for a gourmet tour, as Sarah Barrell discovers
'The first time we worked together it got so heated he threw a plate and a glass at me'
Zoologist, conservationist and TV presenter Mark Carwardine has had his share of exotic animal encounters. Here, he reveals some of his favourites