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

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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

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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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