The 20 best family holidays abroad for 2022

How to do it: Red Savannah (01242 787800; has several beautiful gulets for charter, sleeping up to 20; while Blue Cruise (020 8968 7770; offers affordable shared cruises Entry requirements? Entry without testing for the fully vaccinated and under-12s;... Read more

10 reasons why Florida is Britain’s favourite US state

Reach for the beach Clearwater Beach promises not only miles of white sands complete with shady cabanas (stay at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach, balanced between the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the picturesque Intracoastal... Read more

Gay police chief fired over ‘minorities first’ hiring policy

On one occasion, when considering a promotion, the investigation found that Scirotto said “which one is blacker?” when choosing between two candidates. He denies saying this. “Overall, there is a very divisive atmosphere within the department based on the perception... Read more

Florida governor tells people to remove face masks, saying: ‘Stop this Covid theatre’

DeSantis’s office did not immediately respond to a request comment.  His spokeswoman, Christina Pushaw, has tweeted defences of the governor’s comments, writing: “I mean, someone had to say it, after 2 years of propaganda that terrified and manipulated young people.... Read more

No masks, no tests: Where to have the most normal holiday in 2022

October South Africa The continent’s third most-visited country after Morocco and Egypt, South Africa relies on tourism to the tune of 9.1% of total employment, and 7% of GDP. Therefore it will almost certainly be keen to make up for... Read more

It’s so cold in the US, freezing iguanas are falling out of trees

Although most of the reptiles will likely survive this period of immobilisation, Ms Cohen said freezing temperatures were a threat to their survival and pointed to a cold snap in 2010 that wiped out a large number of the population.... Read more

39 migrants feared dead as boat capsizes off Florida

Some 38 migrants are feared to have died off the coast of Florida after their boat capsized during their journey from the Bahamas. The US Coast Guard launched a huge search-and-rescue operation after the crew of a merchant vessel spotted... Read more

Last-minute winter sun: 10 of the best destinations to visit in February

3. Andalusia There aren’t many European hot spots in February – at least, not on the continental mainland – but Spain’s most southerly province is a decent bet. Head there at the end of February and 20C days are possible.... Read more

20 fabulous family holidays for 2022

The first weekend of January, as tradition dictates, is spent vacuuming up pine needles and poring over calendars at the kitchen table for the annual family holiday planning session – which this year has an additional fizz of excitement about... Read more

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez under fire for ‘fleeing’ to Florida amid lockdown in home state of New York

The Republican governor of Florida hit out at “’lockdown politicians”, such as New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for taking holidays in the restriction-free state while enforcing Covid mandates on their own. Governor Ron DeSantis, who has fought against mask rules in... Read more

Eight natural wonders you didn’t know existed in Florida

Think of Florida and you’ll likely picture young families posing in Mickey Mouse hats, beautiful people in neon bikinis tanning themselves on South Beach, and snap-happy tourists cruising the Everglades in search of gators. But here’s a secret that only... Read more

Intimate photos reveal Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were ‘partners in crime’

‘Loose diamonds and large amounts of currency’ Late on Monday afternoon, the court heard from an FBI special agent about how evidence “went missing” from Epstein’s New York Upper East Side home while authorities were waiting for a warrant. Special... Read more

Mr Paintbrush Man: Bob Dylan’s new paintings reveal he remains culture’s most elusive shapeshifter

Bob Dylan had a busy lockdown. One of the world’s greatest living singer-songwriters, and certainly its most intriguing, spent much of 2020 and 2021 in his California workshop painting dozens of large canvases inspired by scenes from films. One picture... Read more