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KLM pushes to resume passenger flights after tests

KLM, the Dutch subsidiary of Air France, says it has flown a plane through the cloud of volcanic ash covering Europe without suffering any damage.

Talks to resume over rail dispute

Talks aimed at averting strikes by thousands of rail workers in disputes over jobs and working practices will resume tomorrow.

Talks resume in bid to avoid rail strike

Talks aimed at resolving a row over plans to cut 1,500 railway maintenance jobs will resume today in a bid to avert a strike over Easter.

Rio resumes dividend payments

The world's third biggest mining group, Rio Tinto, yesterday gave an optimistic assessment of global commodity markets, but warned that prices could be volatile throughout 2010 as stimulus packages were removed.

'Cleared' Robinson resumes First Minister role

Under-pressure DUP leader Peter Robinson resumed his role as Northern Ireland's First Minister tonight after saying he had been cleared of breaching his code of office over the financial scandal surrounding his wife, Iris.

Talks resume to save power-sharing government

Talks to save Northern Ireland's power-sharing government resume today with the parties edging closer to a deal on policing, justice and parades.

Number of mortgage approvals resumes upward trend

The number of mortgages approved for people buying a home resumed its upward trend during September, following a seasonal dip in August, figures showed today.

Mail mounts up as strike talks restart

When the Royal Mail and union leaders resume talks tomorrow they will have only four days to resolve disagreements before the start of a series of all-out strikes that mark a significant escalation in the action.

Last-ditch post strike talks to resume today

Talks aimed at heading off fresh postal strikes were adjourned last night and will resume today.

Hamish McRae: Our recovery is a race against time

For the moment, all is calm. But the thunderclouds are about to burst

The Insider: Get a clearer picture of the HD revolution

If you own a high-definition television and you’re looking for the ultimate viewing experience, then you may already be considering buying a Blu-ray player. Sales are soaring and prices are falling, but can the format stand up to the success of DVD? And are those extra features really worth the hype?

Kinnear will not return to Newcastle

Newcastle today confirmed that Joe Kinnear is not returning as manager.

Rugby's greatest comebacks

Ugo Monye was a surprise call-up to the 2009 Lions squad but his inclusion for the South Africa tour might never have come about had he not seen off a career-threatening injury.

Andrew Grice: Why public revulsion forced Brown to act

Why did Gordon Brown suddenly take the initiative on MPs' expenses? He has been shocked by the scale of public anger about the recent torrent of stories on MPs' claims. The current system, particularly the "second homes" allowance, is mistrusted. People think MPs are in it for themselves, bringing politics into disrepute.

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