English Channel

Calais standoff: Syrian asylum-seeker threatens to jump from ferry

A Syrian asylum-seeker attempted to throw himself from the roof of the ferry terminal in Calais today after a day of negotiations with French and British authorities failed to satisfy 50 Syrians who have been squatting on a gangway at the channel port since Wednesday.

Not just the stuff of legend: Famed Viking 'sunstone' did exist,

For centuries, it has been a crystal of legend locked in the verses of Norse myth with little or no evidence that it was ever real. Now it seems scientists at last have grounds for believing that the Viking “sunstone” used to navigate the seas did indeed exist.

Diamond Jubilee: Flag-waving, bunting and street parties from Padstow

From Thurso to Truro, communities came together yesterday in a riot of bunting and Union Flags despite the rain and overcast skies. An estimated six million people sat down to tens of thousands of jubilee-themed lunches across the UK, with 10,000 alone partying in Greenwich.

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A Day That Shook The World: First hovercraft run

On 25 July 1959, the fiftieth anniversary of Louis Blériot's successful flight across the English Channel, a totally new form of transport made its own first crossing of the Channel - the hovercraft.

A marathon effort: 26-mile bridge opens

A bridge so long that it could host an entire marathon race has been opened between the Chinese port of Qingdao with the industrial suburb of Huangdao. It crosses Jiaozhou Bay and is the world's longest sea bridge.