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Volcanic Ash - North America & Asia

Sunday 5 May 2013 15.00 BST A remote Alaska volcano rumbled to life on Saturday with three explosions and started emitting a continuous plume of ash, steam and gas in an area important to air traffic, scientists said. The low-level explosions at Cleveland Volcano, which lies below a major air-traf... Read more

The best places in London to get American-style ribs and BBQ

Ribs. Burritos. Burgers. Slaw. Is there any other food on the planet which can help to stave off winter's bitterness? If you're visiting London over the colder months (and, indeed, even if you're a resident), nothing beats barbecued meats. And we've found five of the best. Better get those napkins ... Read more

Five things you’ve always wanted to know about America – but were too afraid to ask

It’s easy to remember we’re in a position of power when we spot gaps in Americans’ knowledge of the UK. “Oh, how droll,” we chuckle, when news reports refer to ‘London, England’. We cast pitying glances when we spot them struggling with negotiating their way around Heathrow. We watch films like Ind... Read more

Brazilian airlines to resume flying after Chilean ash cloud lifts

Brazilian airlines say they are resuming their flights to Argentina and Uruguay after a daylong suspension provoked by ash clouds from a volcano in southern Chile. The Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano has been sporadically active since June. Ash clouds reappeared on Sunday, forcing several airlines in... Read more

Off piste Skiing and Avalanche Dangers

Avalanches are a way of life in the mountains. There are many risk factors but, if you take note of some sensible pointers, you will have minimised any risk as much as you possibly can.Avalanches occur because snow is deposited in successive layers during the winter and then, subsequently, one layer... Read more

Top five facts about Christopher Columbus

We thought we’d have some fun and find out more about our namesake - so here are our top five facts about Christopher Columbus: 1) Christopher Columbus was actually Italian – born in Genoa in 1451 (although he always wrote in Spanish).  However, some believe he was born on the island of Corsica, wh... Read more

US north-east braces for historic snowstorm

8 February 2013 Last updated at 03:15 GMT The north-east US coast is braced for a big snowstorm that has already caused hundreds of flight cancellations. The storm is set to cause power cuts and transport chaos as it arrives from the Great Lakes and brings blizzards to parts of New England on Frid... Read more

Floods in Peru, Chile and Bolivia after heavy rain

10 February 2013 Last updated at 01:57 GMT Torrential rain trapped many cars and flooded hundreds of homes Torrential rain has been causing havoc along the Pacific coast side of South America, with flooding causing the deaths of at least six people in Peru. In the southern city of Arequipa, thous... Read more

Great holiday ideas to get away from it all

The daily commute and demands of juggling a hectic social and family life can leave you in the doldrums at this grey old time of year.  What you need is a pick-me-up – so what about planning a getaway that’s both rejuvenating and good for the soul, to set you back on track?  Here are a few of our ... Read more

New York shopping: What are the top spots?

Shopping trips have long been a staple vacation for ladies around the world and when it comes to ideal locations, New York City must be in the top five. Filled with a variety of budget, mid-range and designer outlets, it's a buyer's paradise and a firm favourite with die-hard shoppers. Make no mista... Read more

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