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How to add value to your home in six easy ways

If you want your house price to rise, it's best to invest wisely - a misplaced patio, dodgy paint job or incongruous conservatory can knock thousands off the price of your home. However, there are some clever tips and tricks you can utilise in order to boost the value of your home. 1) Faster broad... Read more

Angolan Floods

8 April 2013 Last updated at 12:22 GMT At least nine people have died in Angola's capital, Luanda, after weekend floods caused by torrential rains. Four people are also missing after a storm led to the flooding of hundreds of houses, a government official told Angola's Angop news agency. Landslid... Read more

Argentina and Chile order evacuation of Copahue volcano

Residents living near Copahue were also evacuated last year after the volcano eruptedChile and Argentina have ordered the evacuation of some 3,000 people living near the Copahue volcano in the south of their shared border. The authorities in both countries issued a red alert - the highest possible -... Read more

Best of - Award Winning Beaches

Hitting the beach this summer?  Looking for guaranteed crowd-free shores and glistening blue water?  Look no further!  Here’s our guide to Europe’s award winning and highly acclaimed beaches – all with blue flag status.Rabbit Beach – SicilyVoted best beach in the world in Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s ... Read more

How the new airport security measures may impact your travel plans

The opportunity to travel is one of life's greatest luxuries. We all want to feel secure when travelling and are used to adopting new rules if it means we can fly in safety. The US government's latest announcement, however,  has caused some confusion. It rules that airport passengers must be able to... Read more

The six haunted houses that travellers should watch out for

Just so we're clear, we're not talking about those run down 'houses of horror' you find at touring fun fairs, where the scariest thing about them is the person selling the tickets. No; these ten spooky houses are the real deal. "Why would anyone travel just to scare themselves?" you might be asking... Read more

How to keep your home secure during the Christmas holidays

Although we all take time off over the Christmas holidays, thieves don't - and the season to be merry can very often turn into the season to be burgled. This December, don't let your guard down and become a victim of crime; here's how to keep your home safe. If you're going away: If you're planni... Read more

Should I stay with Airbnb? Two travellers share very different stories

Have you stayed with Airbnb? What was your experience like? Since its launch in 2008, Airbnb has been a traveller staple - people can avoid the sky-high costs of a hotel and enjoy more privacy and space than at a hostel by staying in their host's spare room or vacated apartment. Of course, this com... Read more

Gadgets and tech to keep elderly people safe at home

Making sure that an elderly relative stays safe in their home can be stressful - if you're not living with them, you can't be around 24/7 to make sure they're OK, and making constant phone calls and visiting them can be draining for you both. We've compiled a list of the best gadgets for the home t... Read more

Ten ways to keep your home secure during your summer holiday

It's easy to get caught up in the hype and excitement when you're preparing for your summer holiday - but don't forget that a home left unattended for a week can draw the attentions of burglars. Here's how to lock up properly and make sure that your home is as secure as possible. 1) The best course... Read more

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