Sport Roger Bannister celebrates with Chris Chataway in 1954 as he becomes the first man to run a sub-four minute mile

Sir Chris Chataway, the former world-record runner, acted as pacemaker to help Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile barrier. And he achieved so much more

Holidays 4U has collapsed: what happens next?

'The Independent Traveller' answers your questions

50,000 lose holidays after collapse of travel company

A collapse so early indicates how tough the Mediterranean travel trade is finding summer

Tour operator 4 UK enters into administration

A tour operator with 12,000 UK holidaymakers currently abroad has gone into administration, it was announced today.

Top civil servant wage bill slashed

The number of civil servants and quango chiefs on salaries over £150,000 has been cut by more than 50 over the past year, at an annual saving to the taxpayer of around £10 million, it was revealed today.

Package holiday protection boosted

Plans to provide official financial protection for millions more package holidaymakers were announced today by the Government.

Dominic Lawson: Why the disabled fear assisted suicide

The country does not consist entirely of families happy to pay whatever it takes to keep an elderly relative in care-home fees

Pilot sentenced for Farage threats

The pilot of a plane that crashed on election day, injuring Ukip leader Nigel Farage, was given a two-year community order today after a court heard his threats to kill the politician were "a cry for help".

The real danger to air passengers is not the ash cloud – it's these men

Willie Walsh and Michael O'Leary have spent the week arguing it is safe to fly. They are wrong

Simon Calder: High drama is a battle of competing interests

Every compelling drama has conflict at its root. You may mistakenly have concluded that the latest ash clash pits pilots and holidaymakers against volcanoes.

Ash cloud spreads over Europe, and already the fallout has begun

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary attacks Civil Aviation Authority for cautious approach as thousands are stranded at airports

Ash cloud flight misery worsens

Disruption to flights to and from Scotland and northern England because of the latest Icelandic ash cloud crisis will continue for the rest of the day.

The nightmare returns: flights cancelled as ash cloud drifts in

The spectre of travel chaos is again haunting European air passengers as operators cancelled dozens of flights last night and warned of further delays today because of the volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Plymouth loses 'vital link' airport

Plymouth City Airport has no option but to close because it does not have enough passengers to justify keeping it open, the head of its parent company said today.

Branson and O'Leary 'were wrong' to deny ash-cloud risk

Air traffic controllers were right to close European airspace last year over fears of the ash plume from an erupting Icelandic volcano, a study has found.

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