PM: Fuel-duty cuts a big decision

David Cameron insisted the Government was doing all it could to help hard-pressed families today - describing fuel-duty curbs in the Budget as a "very big decision".

Behind the numbers: Can the spirit of enterprise really rebuild derelict Britain?

Jack O'Neil was hurrying down Atkinson Street in Leedsyesterday, a woolly hat pulled tight over his head despite the unseasonably balmy weather. He was a foundry worker for 40 years but is now "too knackered" for fettling, and can remember when this part of the city on the banks of the river Aire – the likely site for one of George Osborne's new enterprise zones – was home to thousands of steel workers, engineers and manufacturers.

Cycling: Martin triumphs in Paris-Nice

HTC-Highroad's Tony Martin held firm to claim victory in the Paris-Nice as Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton since 1996 to finish on the podium.

'We're told not to breathe the air – it's scary'

David McNeill ventures out from the capital towards Fukushima, where an explosion hit the power plant. He made it as far as Iwaki city

Investment Column: It is time to park Admiral


Travel challenge: Spring in Andalucia

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a week in Andalucia in early April. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together.

The Experts' Guide To The World: Mexico

I am not sure if it was the cacophony of the zocalo (the main square), the colonial homes and inns along its stone streets or the glory of its churches that first spurred my romance with Oaxaca, a provincial capital squeezed between mountain ranges five hours south of Mexico City. Maybe it was the mole, the spicy chocolate sauce they put on their chicken? (It rhymes with Olé!)

Tips and deals of the week: 30/01/2011

Cut-price Family & Friends Railcard

Get 25 per cent off a Family & Friends Railcard until 4 March. The cost of the price-cutting pass, on which up to four adults and four children can travel at one time, is being reduced from £26 to £19.50.

Available only online, go to

Dozens killed in aiport suicide blast

A suicide bomber killed more than 30 people and injured about 140 when he blew himself up in a packed terminal at Moscow's busiest airport today.

Tips and deals of the week: 09/01/2011

Save on car hire

Check out the New Year sale from car rental company Avis. It claims to be making cars available for hire from a very competitive £16 per day out of its 2,800 offices around the world. Book by 9 February for travel up to 31 May.

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Travel 2011: Get more from your holiday

Already thinking about your next trip? Maximise the chances of a successful and rewarding year of travel by making 11 resolutions for 2011, says Simon Calder

Ask The Traveller: Snow problems

We were booked on an Azamara cruise from Florida departing on 23 December. We had arranged independent flights on 22 December with Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow to New York, connecting to Miami, with an overnight hotel there before the cruise. Our flight was cancelled due to the snow, and we couldn't travel. Azamara say they won't reimburse the cruise costs as the flights were not booked through them. Who is responsible?

Drivers, don't let the ice leave you on the financial skids

Breaking down can be costly. Chiara Cavaglieri finds cover can be cheaper than you think

Market Report: Autonomy races ahead thanks to US peers

News from the US gave Autonomy a shot in the arm yesterday, as the software company was boosted on the read-across after a number of its peers across the Atlantic released encouraging figures.

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