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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Refugees in Calais 'Jungle' barred from crossing UK shores

Britain will not take any of the 2,000 asylum-seekers to be evicted, among them Afghans and Iraqis

Russia arrests 8 suspects in Arctic Sea hijacking

Russia's navy arrested eight men accused of hijacking the Arctic Sea freighter near Sweden and forcing the crew to sail to West Africa, the defence minister said today.

Missing ship found with crew safe

A missing cargo ship believed to have sailed through the English Channel after being boarded by pirates was found with all its crew safe on board, it was reported today.

Report: Vanished ship's signal appears off France

A Russian maritime Web site said the tracking system for a freighter missing since last month was broadcasting signals today from the Bay of Biscay, but French Marines said the signals were coming from Russian warships.

The cargo ship that disappeared is spotted off West African coast

Russians send frigate to investigate after claims that pirates seized vessel

Missing ship may have secret cargo

A secret cargo and not just timber may be on board a missing ship whose last known radio contact was with British Coastguards, it has been suggested.

New piracy fear as cargo ship disappears

A cargo ship that has gone missing after passing through the English Channel may have been the victim of a new kind of piracy, marine intelligence experts said today.

Hijacked ship in the English Channel

Missing Latvian-owned vessel with £1m cargo traced by British coastguards

Spinnakers and optimism order of the day at Fastnet start

Anchors may replace survival suits as early essential equipment as a fleet of 300 yachts, plus 11 Open 60s, set off from Cowes yesterday for what is the 30th anniversary of the frightening Rolex Fastnet Race.

Sailing tragedy remembered at Cowes Week

A consoling commemoration of death and survival will form the backdrop to Cowes Week, which starts next weekend, to mark the 30th anniversary of an ocean racing tragedy when storm force winds whipped the Irish Sea into a minefield of disaster for the 303 yachts in the Fastnet Race.

Britain pledges £15m to tighten border controls

Britain today promised £15 million to tighten border controls in French ports where hundreds of would-be migrants gather in the hope of smuggling themselves into the UK.

Walker's World Race Diary - 11 June

Green Dragon skipper Ian Walker analyses the latest developments in the Volvo round the world race in his exclusive diary

Bruce Anderson: The system isn't that broke - it only needs a slight fixing

An eruption of Poujadist anger will not improve our system of government

French ports blockade may go inland

Fishermen split over pay-off, but Channel Tunnel is a likely target for further protests
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