My latest fascination has been Camellia sasanqua cultivars. The flowers appear in autumn, the plants are much more elegant in habit than their spring-flowering counterparts, Camellia japonica, and have sweet scented flowers.

Unlike some gardeners I know, I’m not a plant collector. Nor do I ever expect to be, for I lack the single mindedness and the ever-so-slightly obsess(...)

Mourn over the coffin before the mass funeral for 136 newly-identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre attended by tens of thousands of mourners in July. Photograph:Matej Divizna/Getty Images

History’s many cruel ironies show no mercy. Today marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Dayton agreement in Paris. The peace treaty marked(...)

A mounted policeman leads a group of migrants near Dobova, Slovenia. The country has moved to tighten security to cope with a surge of migrants arriving from the Balkans. Photograph: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

Slovenia has moved to beef up security to cope with a surge of migrants arriving from the Balkans, as the European Union invited the region’s leaders (...)

 Croatian foreign minister Vesna Pusic: “Slovenia will not close its border unless Germany closes its border, in that case Croatia will have to do the same.” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

A new route for migrants moving through the Balkans towards western Europe is already under strain, with numbers growing rapidly on the Serbia-Croatia(...)

Migrants board a train after making their way through the countryside and crossing the Hungarian-Croatian border near the village of Zakany in Hungary to continue their trip to north. Hungary said it will shut its border with Croatia at midnight. Photograph: Hanna Sonia/AFP/Getty

Hungary has said it will close its southern border with Croatia from midnight, pressing ahead with a unilateral crackdown on the flow of migrants. The(...)

The seaside town of Baska, Croatia is one of the more popular places, though it gets very busy in summer

My friend and I are planning an inter-railing trip this summer. We’re flying into Berlin, then going by rail to Prague for three days, then Budapes(...)

A map showing where the Jailbreak teams were at 10.30am on Sunday.

The Jailbreak 2015 challenge has been won by two mechanical engineering students from Trinity College Dublin - Hugh Wedlon and Ahmad Mu’azzam. They r(...)

Tourists gather on Poon Hill to watch the sunrise over the Annapurna Himal, in   Annapurna,  Nepal. Photograph: Getty Images
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My wife and I are planning a 10-day trekking holiday in Nepal next year, probably May. We are looking at two options: booking the holiday online via a(...)

Janez Jansa greets his supporters as he exits the court building after the verdict, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, yesterday. He was sentenced Jansa to two years in prison for seeking bribes from a Finnish arms dealer. Photograph: Matej Leskovsek/AP

Slovenia’s former prime minister Janez Jansa has been jailed for two years for taking bribes in a major arms deal, in a case that he denounces as an a(...)

Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek: said the stability package would be enough to prevent the tiny Alpine country following Cyprus in the euro zone queue for a bailout. Photograph: Matej Leskovsek/International Herald Tribune

Slovenia has pledged to sell 15 state firms and raise VAT in a desperate bid to avoid an international bailout, but a reliance more on revenues(...)