Fury of the travellers grounded by snow storms

Railways and airports creak back to life as weathermen forecast 'gradual warming'

Bell tolls for Twell in harsh baptism on the big stage

World junior champion blames warm-weather training for 1500m flop

Insurance giant 'Axa' to cut 350 jobs

A further 350 jobs are to be cut at insurance giant Axa as the group's UK arm ramps up annual cost savings to £150 million, it was announced today.



James Moore: Reform is the real issue for credit ratings

Outlook There is a certain irony in the Calpers pension scheme taking the credit ratings agencies to court. The California Public Employees' Retirement System is one of many organisations that took a bath by buying into investment vehicles linked to toxic debt, which had been given glowing references by the credit agencies.

Man jailed for life for partner's murder

A jealous martial arts expert who strangled his partner after learning that she planned to leave him for another man was jailed for life today.

Jealous partner guilty of strangling his lover

A jealous martial arts expert who strangled his partner after learning she planned to leave him for another man was found guilty of murder today.

Mothers will shun the House without extra help, warn MPs

Julie Kirkbride's decision to resign has set off warnings that women MPs with young children may find it increasingly difficult to juggle their professional and family lives.

David Randall: Fundamental shoppists are on the march

Sellers beware: buyers are out for revenge

Predatory paedophile jailed indefinitely

A predatory paedophile, whose rape victim has never been identified, was today jailed indefinitely.

Andrews should have last word with Cliche

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Anti-gay preachers banned from UK

Two American hate preachers have been banned from entering the UK where they planned to picket a play by a gay youth group, the Home Office said today.

Coming to Britain, church with a mission to demonise homosexuals

American sect plans first demonstration in UK over play about gay murder victim

Coming Soon: Obsessive love is in the air

The narcotic beauty of Die Tote Stadt (pictured) sets the tone for a season of music inspired by obsessive love. Opening 27 January at the Royal Opera House, London (020-7304 4000), Willy Decker's Salzburg Festival production of Korngold's opulently scored opera represents another chance for British audiences to assess the "Viennese Puccini", though they won't have to wait too long for the real one.

More Zavvi shops closed

Administrators for music, DVD and games retailer Zavvi closed another 18 UK stores with the loss of 353 jobs today.

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