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Struggling Hovis is to get £200 million of investment under a deal that will hand a major slice of the operation to an American firm.

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Inspectors `failing to accept blame' for rail disaster

SENIOR RAIL inspectors will be denounced today for refusing to accept any blame for the 1997 Southall disaster and defending Great Western Trains' "appalling" record on key safety issues.

Consortium prepares to take the home of Britain's film industry into the digital age

EALING STUDIOS, one of the most famous names in British film, is to be turned into a digital studio in a deal announced by the National Film and Television School yesterday.

Warning system `not the answer to trains safety'

IN HALF A MILLION pages of submissions to the inquiry into the Southall rail disaster, a critical difference has become apparent between that crash in 1997 and the one in Paddington last month.

Football: Unflappable Southall ends Forest Green's dream

Forest Green Rovers 0 Torquay United 3

Obituary: Charles Crichton

THE FILM director Charles Crichton made the first of the legendary cycle of British films that became known as the Ealing comedies, Hue and Cry, and one of the finest of those to follow, The Lavender Hill Mob. He also had the unique distinction of returning to films after a 23-year absence to make, at the age of 78, one of the most successful comedies of recent times, A Fish Called Wanda.

Master of Ealing comedies dies, aged 89

CHARLES CRICHTON, the film director whose comedies were the cornerstone on which Ealing Studios built its post-war reputation, has died, his family announced last night. He was 89.

Portillo speaks of gay experiences `in past'

THE FORMER defence secretary Michael Portillo last night spoke of having had "homosexual experiences". He is the most senior Conservative to make such a statement.

Graduate in mercy killing bid freed freed

A GRADUATE engineer who tried to dismantle his grandmother's life- support machine in a "bizarre" attempt at mercy killing walked free from the Old Bailey yesterday.

Film: Her face didn't fit

Judy Campbell's film career stretches back 60 years. But this talented British actress has always felt like an outsider.
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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