Thousands of holidaymakers who had paid for allocated seats on easyJet flights were told they would instead have to join a free-for all

EasyJet threatens not to let passenger board after he criticises airline on Twitter

A law lecturer who sent a tweet complaining about easyJet after his flight was delayed said he was initially told he would not be allowed to board the plane because of the posting.

Gary Ballance, 23, has had a wonderful season for Yorkshire

The untried trio of Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes and Boyd Rankin called into England's Ashes battle

Middle-order batsman, exciting all-rounder and tall fast bowler heading Down Under

The 10 Best new foundations

A change of season is the best time to pick out a new base - look for luminescent  formulas packed with nutrients or mattifying versions to combat shine

Angela Merkel in fight to win new term as Germany goes to the polls

Angela Merkel is in a fight to clinch a new term for her ruling coalition despite enjoying overwhelming popularity and leading an economy that is the envy of Europe.

Plum choice: The best make-up for autumn

From top left: Long-Lasting Bi-Phase Liquid Eyeliner in Noir Ebene, £24.50, Guerlain, 01932 233 887

Canada stocks drop ahead of US Federal Reserve decision

Canada's main stock index was slightly lower on Wednesday, with investors unwilling to make big bets ahead of a US Federal Reserve announcement later in the day on whether it will start scaling back its stimulus program.

Oceane Scharre, 10, elected Mini Miss France 2011 (left) and Miss France 2011 Mathilde Florin. France's Senate has voted to ban beauty pageants for children under 16, in an effort to protect children, especially girls from being sexualized too early.

France moves to ban 'hyper-sexualised' beauty pageants for children younger than 16

Organisers of contests could face up to two years in jail or a fine of €30,000

A Swedish pest control company has confirmed the discovery of sewer rats with an immunity to commonly used anti-rodent poisons. 

Poison-resistant sewer rats discovered in four Swedish cities

A Swedish pest control company has confirmed the discovery of sewer rats with an immunity to commonly used anti-rodent poisons. 

Theatre review: Farragut North, Southwark Playhouse, London

With his male-model good looks and sparkly smile, Max Irons (the womanising King Edward in the TV adaptation of The White Lady) is natural casting as a golden boy. In this UK premiere of Beau Willimon's 2008 play about dirty tricks on the campaign trail, he portrays Stephen Bellamy, the fast-rising charmer who, at 25, is already the press secretary to one of the candidates for the Democratic Party's Presidential nomination.

Newport’s Tom Naylor scored two own goals and conceded a penalty

Round-up: Naylor to bounce back after nightmare day

It was quite the day for Newport’s Tom Naylor – but not for reasons he would have liked. The defender, on loan from Derby County, scored two own goals and conceded a penalty in a nightmare display as Morecambe won 3-2 in their League Two fixture at Rodney Parade.

Bagui Bouga: Master of the 'nomadic blues'

When the Niger-based band Etran Finatawa ("stars of tradition") made their memorable UK debut at the Womad festival in Reading in 2006, those in the audience could have been forgiven for believing there had been some sort of mix-up backstage, and two groups were performing together at the same time. The reality is not so far from this, since Etran Finatawa draw their members from two of Niger's very different ethnic groups.

Landon Donovan celebrates after the US qualify for the World Cup

'Fiasco', 'Crisis', 'Dreadful': Mexico reacts following defeat to rivals United States

Nation struggling to qualify for World Cup in Brazil

Born This Way? Lady Gaga in London on 30 August 2013

Money Honey: Lady Gaga's personal assistant takes her to court over 7,000 hours of unpaid overtime claim

The singer's former PA claims she was not paid for overtime work and was not allowed any personal time off

England’s stand-in one-day captain Eoin Morgan reverse sweeps on his way to a battling 54 at Old Trafford

Eoin Morgan tips England tyros to bounce back quickly after ODI defeat

Gamble fails to come off as England team for the future looks to be a bowler short

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness