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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Passengers' fury as 200 are struck down on 'virus' cruise ship

A cruise ship had to return to the UK prematurely after hundreds of passengers were struck down by a virus. More than 2,000 Britons finally disembarked from the Sea Princess after it docked in the port of Southampton yesterday morning.

Athletics: Gatlin out of the running for Gateshead duel with Powell

The biggest athletics showdown at Gateshead since Linford Christie met Carl Lewis for a £120,000 prize 13 years ago has fallen apart, with Justin Gatlin pulling out of his projected 100 metres race against the joint world record-holder Asafa Powell.

How ethical shopping is making business go green

Companies are exploring the use of biodegradable plastics because it makes business sense for several reasons - all of them linked to the environment.

Tunnel link busts budget

More For Your Money: Old Ford E3

The real East Enders

On this issue I am ready to take to the streets

Just two days of debate are all that may lie between us and the loss of 300 years of liberty

Tunnel firms fear waters will close over them

A decade after the Channel Tunnel opened to passengers, the rail companies are struggling to stay afloat, reports Clayton Hirst

Eurotunnel state aid plan replaced by cost-cutting

The new board of Eurotunnel yesterday abandoned its attempts to persuade the British and French governments to bail out the Channel Tunnel and instead unveiled a rescue plan based on cost savings and higher revenues.

PsychoGeography #36: A case of tunnel vision?

I've always been a big fan of the Eurostar train service to Paris and the Channel Tunnel.

Market Report: Eurotunnel hit by fears of debt for equity swap

Short sellers attacked E urotunnel yesterday, sending shares in the Channel Tunnel operator 1p lower to a near all-time low of 24.75p. The short sellers are of the view that the company's future is in the hands of its creditors ­ who are owed more than £6bn ­ and that a debt for equity swap, like that seen at Marconi, is looking ever more likely.

Eurostar in the dark over Eurotunnel

Eurostar, the cross-Channel train operator, has hit out at the new board of Eurotunnel for keeping it in the dark on its rescue plans.

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'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
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Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

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New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

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