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McCanns urge paedophile to help search

A convicted sex offender is thought to have information on events preceding Madeleine's abduction

Japan confirms dozens more swine flu cases

Japan confirmed dozens more swine flu cases overnight bringing its tally to 176, health officials said today, as the government considered scaling down quarantine checks at airports while focusing on its domestic outbreak.

EU assembly set to adopt new phone call price curbs

It will be up to 60 per cent cheaper to send mobile phone text messages while travelling in the European Union or surf the web by laptop under price curbs to be adopted by the bloc's assembly today.

If you want to avoid a £100 fine, file your tax form now

Taxpayers are set to fork out an estimated £100m in fines this year for returning their self-assessment returns late, according to research by Independent Financial Advice Promotion. With less than two weeks till the 31 January deadline, anyone who has yet to complete their forms must now file them online and as soon as possible if they want to avoid an automatic £100 fine.

Fuel hedging bets cost Cathay Pacific $1bn

Cathay Pacific acknowledged paper losses of nearly $1bn (£657m) yesterday as the airline's fuel hedging policy backfired thanks to dramatic falls in the oil price.

Air France-KLM warns on profits as air travel numbers fall

Air France-KLM, Europe's largest airline, issued a profits warning yesterday against a backdrop of figuresshowing the first monthly decline in worldwide air travel since 2003.

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US 'homemaker' Martha Stewart is banned from entering Britain

The American lifestyle guru Martha Stewart has joined the radical Islamic preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi and US rap star Snoop Dogg on the list of high-profile figures to be denied entry to the UK by the Home Office.

Marriage and sex: A year of living passionately

What would happen to your marriage if you decided to have sex every day? Two couples have done just that, and recorded their experiences in books which come to surprising conclusions. Jonathan Brown and Nikoliina Sajn report

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Amazon could be forbidden to most foreigners

Sixty per cent of Brazil could soon be off-limits to foreigners who don't have special permission to visit the world's largest tropical wilderness. Those caught in the Amazon without a permit granted by the Military and Justice Ministry could face a fine of US$60,000 (£30,000).

Leicester 32 Bristol 14: Mauger try a bonus for Tigers in match played in minor key

Martin Johnson's appointment as England team manager may have vested power over the national side in the county of Leicestershire but at club level life is more of a fret. It was the Tigers who turned the pre-teen "Johnno" on to rugby when his family moved to Market Harborough but, though Leicester remain contenders for the play-offs after this victory over an under-strength Bristol, they need other results to help them along.

Silverjet soars after bid approach

Shares in business-class airline Silverjet soared today after the company said it had received a takeover offer.

Are We There Yet?: Pop open the fizz, Mum, we want to taste the high life

Bad news for business travellers: families are taking over your world, screaming kids and all. It's not just adult premium travellers who are rubbing their hands with glee at the luxurious lounge and spa facilities on offer at Britain's airports, but their children, too.

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Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

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Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

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