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Venezuela challenger demands recount

Will Grant in Caracas: ''It's a questionable victory from the opposition's point of view'' Continue reading the main story Related Stories Defeated Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles has demanded a recount of votes, rejecting the election of Hugo Chavez's successor as "illegitimate". Mr Capriles said there were more than 300,000 incidents from Sunday's poll that needed to be examined. But the electoral authorities said Socialist Nicolas Maduro would be confirmed as the...

World’s best beaches for wildlife

An equine retreat in Maryland From a Costa Rican turtle sanctuary to a colony of king penguins in Chile, these five spots give wildlife lovers good reason to grab their sunscreen. Thought to be the descendants of domesticated horses released onto the island in the 17th Century, more than 300 wild ponies call Assateague Island off the Maryland coast home. Nearly 40,000 visitors travel to the US shore each summer for the annual Chincoteague Pony Swim, an event in which the island’s herds paddle...

Bangkok’s New Year makes a splash

Wet and wild, Thais certainly know how to celebrate their New Year with a splash. During Thailand’s Buddhist Songkran Festival, which runs from 13 to 15 April each year, water guns, water bottles and even buckets of water are used to ring in the coming year. Traditionally, fragrant water was used to cleanse the image of the Buddha; it was thought to have been blessed and would bring good fortune to those it touched. Today, the pouring of water symbolises paying respect to others and washing...

La Hamaca Hostel, Honduras

This cosy hostel in San Pedro Sula makes guests feel welcome with homemade traditional meals in its communal kitchen. Cook and “culinary adventurer” Tesla Oviedo offers fresh and healthy fare including ceviche (pictured, served in a papaya), stir fries, and traditional Honduran meals of rice, beans and vegetables. Perhaps most popular are La Hamaca’s barbeque nights, where guests sip cold beer and cocktails while Oviedo grills meat and seafood on the hostel’s outdoor terrace. (Walter...

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