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A police officer tries to secure an area inside the Westgate Shopping Centre

Nairobi shopping mall attack: If foreigners steer clear of Kenya, the terrorists claim another victory

British travellers might go elsewhere for superb beaches and safari locations

Rock star: the capital's Grand Harbour

48 Hours In: Malta

Spend a day in and around Valletta, the historic capital of this Mediterranean nation, then explore deeper into the Maltese islands, says Simon Calder

Black out: the obscured Thai Airways logo

Simon Calder: How a minor prang became a major case of 'de-identification'

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Dark skies: Ayia Napa is less than 200 miles from Damascus

Simon Calder: Book Ayia Napa, get Armageddon?

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Special agent: using a travel professional can help

Simon Calder: Middle men are best in moderation

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Knocked for six: the Gabba, Brisbane

Ashes to Ashes: Next stop Australia

England saw off Australia's cricketers in the home series. Now it's time to go Down Under and watch them do it all over again. Simon Calder explains how

Researchers have devised an equation for the 'correct' price for a one-way economy-class journey: $50 (£32), plus 11c (7p) for every mile of the flight. The results show that most passengers flying from Britain pay significantly less than the global average

Fares fair: UK air fares are below the 'correct' price for travel all over the world

Researchers set one-way economy class journey price at £32, plus 7p for every mile of the flight

Tubular hell: waiting for the train at Hammersmith

Simon Calder: In travel, you need the right approach

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All aboard: Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky ride on the new great western

A luxury North American rail adventure begins today. Simon Calder got a preview of the coastal journey from Vancouver to Seattle

A river runs through it: soaking up the sunset on the Rhine

48 Hours In: Düsseldorf

The cutting-edge architecture, cultural sights and lively bars of this scenic German city on the Rhine are now easier to reach, says Simon Calder

Simon Calder: Paradise - coming to the Home Counties soon

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Simon Calder: Know your station, if you want the best views of London

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Tail back: easyJet planes at Geneva airport

Simon Calder: Sunday night flight into the unknown

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Lightning strikes behind The London Eye

Simon Calder: News flashes for UK rail travellers

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Rescuers work at the site where a train crashed at entrance of Santiago de Compostela Station

Spanish rail crash comment: the lessons are yet to be learned

Transportation safety is built upon the debris of past tragedies: while families grieve, all we can do is try to learn

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It may be the smallest of America’s 50 states, but this compact slice of New England deserves attention, with an arty capital, shoreside mansions and fine beaches
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    The phoney war is over

    Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
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    Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

    The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
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    Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

    Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
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    Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

    After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
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    Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

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    Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

    Salomé: A head for seduction

    Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
    From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

    British Library celebrates all things Gothic

    Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
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    Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

    The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
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    In search of Caribbean soul food

    Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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    11 best face powders

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    Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

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    Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

    They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
    Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

    Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

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    Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

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    America’s new apartheid

    Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone