Rail link compensation scheme launched

A compensation scheme for householders affected by a planned High Speed Rail link launched today.

Pompey closer to takeover

Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill could soon be in a position to strengthen his threadbare squad as Balram Chainrai's takeover bid moves a step closer.

Hotel group to create 3000 UK jobs

Holiday Inn firm Intercontinental Hotels Group today set out plans to create 3,000 jobs in the UK, as it reported a 22% hike in half-year profits.

Martha Stewart, cupcake queen of America, set to invade the UK

National salvation is at hand – Britain will at last learn how to prepare the perfect eggs Benedict

Business Diary: Where to snare a banker's hand

In the market for a husband or wife of substance? The guide to dating that is now running on the financial-sector jobs website Hereisthecity.com could be just the thing if you hope to catch a banker. It offers a rundown on the merits (or otherwise) of staff from a dozen of the Square Mile's top names. Highlights include this gem: "A glint in the eye, a warm French smile. Oodles of charm and fantastic sex. But your SocGen dream man will prob-bly turn out to be happily married too."

'Locked-in' stroke victim asks for ruling on mercy killing

Tony Nicklinson is a man who once loved the sound of his own voice. His wife describes him as "very opinionated" and his two daughters say he was never happier than when he was quizzing them over the suitability of their boyfriends.

Tom Hall: We may travel less, but the news isn't all bad

'Do you get to travel much?" That's the first thing anyone who works in the travel industry is usually asked. The honest answer is "Not as much as you might think". Based on the ONS Travel Trends report for 2009, anyone offering this myth-busting comment would at least find themselves in good company.

Leading article: Home comforts

The Briton abroad, while not quite an endangered species, seems to be in sharp decline. Last year witnessed the fastest drop in overseas visits from the UK since the 1970s. Several factors have been blamed for deterring holidaymakers, from the weakening pound, to striking British Airways cabin crews, to Icelandic volcanoes. The weak economy clearly has something to do with it as well, because business travel abroad is down considerably, too.

Overseas tourists flocking to UK cities

Britain's big industrial towns are becoming tourist magnets for overseas visitors, according to a survey today.

They work, rest and play in Hangzhou

A new flight from Europe has put this city of commerce within easier reach for tourists, too, says Mark Leftly

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: 'My friend sent my son to the naughty step - I think it's cruel and humiliating - should I tell her?

Dear Virginia, Recently I left my four-year-old son with a friend who has a little boy of the same age. My son was excited, but on the way home, he burst into tears. He said he'd spilt some juice on a carpet and my friend had sent him to the naughty step. We don't have the naughty step in our house; I think it's cruel and humiliating, and was furious that my friend had upset my son over such a minor mistake. Should I say something to my friend? Yours sincerely, Georgie

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How to clean up your marriage

Shared housework means fewer divorces, a study shows. So in this age of equality, why does the issue of who does what still cause so much angst?

Investment Column: Hogg's is cheap, but the risks are very high

Shaftesbury; Chrysalis Music

DVD: Up in the Air (15)

This excellent film is given added frisson by the current spectacle of an aviation industry imploding in a fug of volcanic ash and strikes.

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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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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

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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
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Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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

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

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