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The immigration chief in Calais has said the UK has created "a magnet for illegal immigrants."

Unsafe in Libya, unwanted in Europe: exiles of the Arab Spring

Hundreds of desperate migrant workers have gathered near Calais

Boy aged 15 stabbed to death in London

A teenage schoolboy has been stabbed to death in the street. The 15-year-old was set upon in Camberwell, south London, last night.

Up, up and away: Jet Man to fly over Grand Canyon

Air traffic controllers in America were on the alert last night – none of those infamous mid-shift naps – for a blip on their screens that may at first sight appear to be a human with wings. Wait, it will be a human with wings as well as a jet pack firmly attached to his back, and a cargo-hold of courage.

Hot air balloons target cross-Channel record

A world record-breaking attempt began today for the largest number of hot air balloons to cross the English Channel.

Making waves: the ferry that's (almost) too big for the ports

Simon Calder steps aboard the 'Spirit of Britain' – the Channel's version of the superjumbo jet

Great Works: Iris, Messenger of the Gods (circa 1895), Auguste Rodin

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Border agency strike hits ports and airports

Border Agency workers at ports and airports across the country will launch a two-day strike today in protest at changes to their shift patterns.

Drivers stuck on Eurotunnel train

Eurotunnel launched an investigation yesterday after it emerged that around 20 passengers travelled to France and back without being able to get off their train.

How the booze cruise hit the Rocks

Weak pound and cut-rate offers by our supermarkets spell end to cars filled with cheap French plonk. Rob Hastings reports

Travel challenge: May half term in France

Every week we |invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a family holiday in the South of France. Prices are for a family of four departing for seven nights during the May half -term holiday...

Inside Travel: Express routes that bring France closer

Some stunning French destinations now lie within four hours of St Pancras

Sail the high seas in style

Get on board: take the ferry and travel to the Continent the easy way for a holiday you won’t forget

Sleeping rough at 12 – the boys who dreamt of Britain

The last asylum camp in Calais closed five weeks ago. Jerome Taylor discovers that children are among the unfortunates left at the mercy of people-traffickers

'My parents don't know that we are living like this'

Every morning Ismail Safi is woken up by the dew that has seeped through his blue blanket and on to his clothes. His current home is a strip of concrete under a canal bridge in eastern Calais where 17 fellow Afghan refugees sleep together in an attempt to keep warm as the early morning traffic passes overhead.

End of the line for Motorail, gateway to the Mediterranean

Car-carrying night train service abandoned due to slump in sterling
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there