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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Channel-crossing quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon has wheelchair stolen

French athlete Philippe Croizon was targeted by thieves while on holiday with relatives

Susan Taylor, who died while attempting to swim the English Channel for charity

Susan Taylor: Charity donations soar for swimmer who died attempting to cross the English Channel

34-year-old ran into difficulties as she neared the end of the 21-mile crossing

Chloe McCardel ends attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida after being stung by jellyfish

Australian endurance swimmer Chloe McCardel ended her attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida after 11 hours in the water when she was stung by a jellyfish.

Fast start on the cards for opening leg of Route des Princes

A fast run to Lisbon, even though the wind strength will be relatively light, was in prospect for the eight-strong fleet of trimarans as they left Valencia on the opening leg of the inaugural Route des Princes.

Eurotunnel to fight ban on its Dover ferries

Competition Commission had expressed concern that expansion could be used to hike prices

Second World War Dornier German bomber to be raised from watery grave in the Channel

The historic aircraft was shot down 72 years ago during the Battle of Britain

Eurotunnel sets record as it shakes off snow effect

Eurotunnel brushed off the snowy start to the year and the lack-of-Olympics factor to post an 8% rise in revenues to €238.3 million (£203 million) for the first three months of the year.

Decline of the sleeper

Hidden Europe: Cross-Channel rail services

The Great Escape: Busiest travel weekend of the year so far gets off to shaky start

In the build-up to Easter, the travel industry has talked up the number of British travellers seeking sun abroad after the coldest March in 50 years

Bid to keep ferries by Eurotunnel

Eurotunnel has set out its defence against a Competition Commission ruling that it should sell the ferries business it bought from collapsed operator SeaFrance.

A replica Viking ship. The 'sunstone' could be one of the secrets behind the Vikings’ reputation as remarkable seafarers

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

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.

Editorial: High-speed rail is not the best way to spend £32bn

It is easy to see the political appeal of super-fast rail. The prospect of passengers whisked from London to Birmingham in less than an hour, and on to Manchester in only slightly more, fits perfectly with the rhetoric of an ultra-modern, business-friendly Britain giving hi-tech rivals from France to Japan a run for their money. High Speed 2, linking London and the North, is also an ideal grand projet for a Government wrestling with a languishing economy. The scheme will create jobs, heal the North-South divide, and make the UK vastly more competitive, according to the Chancellor, Deputy Prime Minister and Prime Minister respectively.

Ian Williams loses three of his four matches at Monsoon Cup finale

A reverse in fortunes saw defending world match racing champion Ian Williams lose three of his four matches at the Monsoon Cup finale of the World Match Racing Championship in Malaysia.

Go slow for High Speed Two

The Government is looking to slice around 100km per hour off the top speed of the controversial High Speed Two (HS2) rail connection proposed between London and Birmingham.

Michael Hooper retains his place at No 7 with David Pocock out

Dan Biggar to shun France and remain at Ospreys

Fly-half to turn down Racing Métro for second time when his contract expires next summer

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