Business flyers help easyJet cut first-half losses

Cost-cutting firms who still have to send executives on planes to do business are making them fly easyJet –and that's helped the budget airline slash its expected first-half loss.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who ordered a review into misconduct by top brass

Pentagon to review perks for top brass

The Pentagon announced Friday that it will examine whether its generals and admirals receive too many perks and said they should receive more ethics training earlier in their careers.

Scots sign deal for easyJet flights

Scottish parliamentarians and the other 580,000 public-sector workers in Scotland will be flying easyJet after the budget airline signed a travel deal in the country.

The News Matrix: Friday 23 November 2012

Government stands firm on prison votes

Magnetic: Nina Hoss draws the attention in Christian Petzold’s Barbara

Barbara, Christian Petzold, 105 mins (12A)

Remember the 2006 drama The Lives of Others, about surveillance in the old East Germany? Its ambitious novelistic sprawl would have expanded nicely into a television series – you could imagine the film's Stasi snooper as a TV anti-hero, a shabbier Don Draper or Tony Soprano in ill-fitting headphones.

Cornelius, Finborough Theatre, London

This J B Priestley play impressed the critics when it opened in 1935 but flopped after only a few weeks and has since sunk into near oblivion. 

Tony Nicklinson's wife, Jane, holds a photograph of her husband before his stroke

Tony Nicklinson: Right-to-die campaigner who took his case to the High Court

Locked-in syndrome is a cruel condition by which a person is able to think clearly, but as a result of paralysis is unable to move or interact normally with the world. Usually the result of a stroke or other brain trauma, the syndrome was first brought to wide public attention through the film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), which told the story of the French journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby.

Locked-in syndrome sufferers lose legal challenge over assisted dying

The debate about assisted suicide has been reignited after the High Court ruled that two men with locked-in-syndrome cannot be legally helped to die.

Travel unravelled: Flights to New York City on 11 September; Ryanair confirmation emails

Q. I have to attend a conference in New York on post-traumatic stress on 11 September. I had thought that flights would be at least reasonable on/around this date but they look expensive. Why would fares have rocketed? David Jessop, Bristol

Tony Nicklinson with his wife, Jane

Locked-in man Tony Nicklinson 'condemned to suffer'

Locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson's existence of "pure torture" could continue for another 20 years or more if he does not win the right to end his life when he chooses, the High Court heard today.

Nicolas Sarkozy, pictured with wife Carla Bruni, preferred to travel by plane

Monsieur Normal flouts conventions to woo the public

François Hollande, the man who wooed the French with the promise to be a "normal" president, has decided to depart from rules and conventions in the name of normality.

Euthanasia case gets legal go-ahead

The High Court today ruled that a paralysed man can begin legal proceedings for a doctor to end his "intolerable life".

The Queen never eats shellfish, watermelon or salad while abroad

Her Maj's top tips for business trips

Yesterday the Queen set off on the first leg of her Jubilee tour. By her Maj's usual standards the 100-mile, one-hour trip from London to Leicester was nothing. She is, after all, the most travelled monarch in history having traipsed through 129 countries on 256 overseas tours – with never a day off sick. And thanks to Sir Peter Tapsell MP we now know the secret to her constitution: she never eats shellfish, watermelon or salad while abroad.

DVD: Contagion (12)

Steven Soderbergh's virus thriller is blessed with the sort of starry cast – Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Matt Damon – that use to pop up in the finest Seventies disaster movies, but it forgoes the unhinged histrionics that made The Poseidon Adventure, for instance, such a hoot.

Mr and Mrs Smith's gift cards are redeemable against any of the collection's hotels, which start at £70 per night

Travel gifts: Upgrade your Christmas list

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