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US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano conceded today that the aviation security system failed when a man on a watchlist with a powerful explosive hidden on his body was allowed to board a fight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Leading article: The lessons of Flight 253

Precise details about what motivated Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to try and blow up Northwest Airlines flight 253 are unclear and likely to remain so until he is out of hospital and in court. But we should not jump to rapid conclusions about whether al-Qa'ida was behind the botched attack, nor whether the event constitutes proof of the success of Islamic terror groups in finding new recruits in terrain such as Abdulmutallab's homeland of Nigeria.

Leading article: New decade, new chances

Trying to read anything of significance into numbers is a foolish business, yet it satisfies a deep need. We had a lot of that at the turn of the century, and look where that got us. Still, the panic over the millennium bug did not kill anyone, and the O2 is now a great commercial success, even if the survival into another decade of the Pet Shop Boys, who played there last week, is a puzzle to some of us.

Police search London addresses after plane attack

Police have been searching premises in London today after a Nigerian man tried to ignite an explosive device on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Officials say explosion on US plane was terror attack

US authorities believe an incident involving a small explosion aboard a Delta-Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit on Friday was an attempted act of terrorism, a White House official said.

Volvo to show electric C30 at Detroit

Volvo will show an electric version of its small C30 coupé at next month's Detroit Motor Show. The Swedish company unveiled its first drivable prototype electric C30 in September this year, but the latest car is a more highly developed product that is much closer to the likely final specification of a fleet of factory produced C30 test vehicles that will be used in trials from 2011.

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Mini reinvents the Moke with Beachcomber concept

BMW's Mini operation has released details of its Beachcomber concept car, which it will show at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit next month. The inspiration is the simple 1960s open-topped Mini-Moke but the new concept, like 2008's Crossover concept, is really designed to show off the possibilities of the larger, more sophisticated new four-door, four-wheel drive model family that will be added to the current Mini range late next year.

Album: Shakespears Sister, Songs from the Red Room (SF records)

The return of Shakespears Sister isn't quite what it seems. Marcella Detroit, the operatic songbird of "Stay", isn't involved, leaving just the "foghorn" half of Newman & Baddiel's cruel-but-hilarious parody.

Trust Me, By Peter Leonard

Peter Leonard, son of the better known Elmore, shares his father's predilection for heists and hucksters. His debut novel, Quiver, showed a genetic affinity for crime writing, while Trust Me, sees him playing more freely with the genre's cliches.

Just another Manic Street Preachers road trip

The Manic Street Preachers followed their recent creative revitalisation with their first American tour in a decade. The novelist John Niven travels with a band still hungry for new challenges

Brendan Benson - Your old, unfamiliar friend – or so he wishes

Since the success of his acclaimed band The Raconteurs, Brendan Benson has earned plenty of public recognition – but he'd rather have his anonymity back, writes Nick Hasted

Album: Deastro, Moondagger, (Rom/Universal)

Things are starting to get interesting... As more and more bedroom boffins trade acoustic guitars for laptops, the emerging sound is a strange and entirely now blend of indie, melancholia and electro.

DVD: Gran Torino (15)

Clint Eastwood is one of the few figures in Hollywood able to play with his own iconography.

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