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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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