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Two Britons are among a group of 20 journalists working for Al-Jazeera facing criminal trial in Egypt on charges of aiding or joining a terrorist organisation – the latest press crackdown in a country which is facing growing instability.

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Fox has found a formula for high-octane TV with an intelligent edge... and no need for a massive marketing campaign, says Sophie Morris

To infinity... or just Dover?: Jetman crosses the English Channel

Daredevil Swiss pilot completes historic Channel crossing with home-made jetpack strapped to his back.

Foreign plants and animals cause havoc on waterways

Invasive animals and plants which have been released or seed themselves into the wild are causing havoc on the UK's rivers and canals, according to British Waterways.

Brian Thompson returns home from Atlantic qualifier

Mission accomplished, a tired Brian Thompson turned left out of the Channel and into Plymouth last night at the end of 5,500 miles alone in the North Atlantic - qualifying for the bigger challenge of racing singlehanded, non-stop round the world later this year.

Now EU is blamed for making the air smell

Investigators attempting to trace the source of a foul smell hanging over southern England pointed an accusatory finger across the Channel yesterday.

Carol Barnes: Authoritative television journalist who anchored 'News at Ten'

In the days when Angela Rippon, Anna Ford and Selina Scott made headlines for being among the first women to present peak-time news programmes on British television, Carol Barnes quietly established herself as a reliable and authoritative newscaster at ITN and became its longest-running woman in the role.

The green screen effect: Britain's first ever eco network is a smash hit

Naked cyclists, endangered lemurs and ruthless supermarkets may not sound like TV gold. But Britain's first ever eco network is a hit. Esther Walker switches on

Storm-hit ship adrift in Channel after dramatic rescue

Attempts will be made later today to take in tow a storm-hit cargo ship from which 20 crew were dramatically rescued in the Channel last night, said Coastguards.

Floods: How wettest early summer on record brought death and misery across the country

Thousands were left homeless this year and 11 people were killed when the worst floods in living memory hit large swathes of the country. More than 55,000 homes and businesses were flooded in Britain's wettest early summer on record.

Bush signs bill to build border fence to stop Mexicans

President George Bush has signed a bill authorising 700 miles of fencing along the US-Mexican border, a pre-election gift to his tough-on-immigration white conservative base, but one that risks alienating America's growing Latino population and straining US-Mexican relations.

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Caribbean fears for World Cup

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