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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

The forgotten people: Plight of the asylum-seekers marooned in France

The revelation that Britain could open its own immigration camp in Calais has caused outrage in some quarters. But as Jerome Taylor discovers, the plight of the asylum-seekers marooned in France cannot be ignored

Finance director to take over top job at Channel Tunnel rail link builder

Mark Bayley, the finance director at London & Continental Railways (LCR), has been appointed chief executive of the Channel Tunnel rail link builder. The current chief executive, Rob Holden, will leave LCR at the end of the month to take over the £16bn London Crossrail project.

Cargo ship sheds timber in rough seas

A Russian-registered cargo ship today lost 1,500 metric tonnes of timber in rough seas in the English Channel, coastguards said.

Channel crossings: The Kent prep school that's attracting French boarders

It may look like a very British country boarding school, housed in a George Devey-designed Victorian mansion. But Northbourne Park in Kent is, according to headmaster Edward Balfour, a "mid-Manche school". Each year, it plucks three-dozen pupils from French schools in Paris, Marseille and Madrid, and sees them through the Sixième and Cinquième – Years 7 and 8 – alongside English pupils.

Human Jet's cross-channel bid grounded again

Poor weather conditions today scuppered a Swiss adventurer's record-breaking attempt to become the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing.

Eurostar train halted in Channel Tunnel

A passenger train from London to Paris was halted briefly in the undersea Channel Tunnel linking England and France because of a technical problem with the train, operator Eurostar said today.

Charles Clarke – Voice of Britain! (14 September 2008)

The leading political thinker of our age (his description) shares his ideas on nuclear physics, personal duty and the burden of leadership

Simon Calder: Let's hear it for Latin American railway engineers

Just what Dr Beeching didn't order, but what we need: a new age of the train. Air France has announced that it will do the decent thing and become Rail France, running ultra-high-speed trains between London and Paris.

Thousands still stranded by Channel Tunnel blaze

Cross-channel traffic could be disrupted for several weeks after a fire and explosion on a freight shuttle seriously damaged part of the Channel Tunnel yesterday.

Apology over 'terror detention' for parents

The parents of a disabled child have received an apology from police after being detained under the Terrorism Act as they made a day trip to France, it emerged today.

The great British tradition of media piracy

The swashbuckling plunderers who operate beyond the arm of the regulator can be a force for creative good, argues Matt Mason

Great getaway followed by big freeze

Britain's railway network was partially crippled yesterday as four days of Easter engineering work got under way and forecasters predicted a bitterly cold start to the Easter weekend.

Sea bass: the superstar of the seas

It's delicious, plentiful and increasingly on the menuin Britain's homes and restaurants. So why does sea bass give ecologists a bad taste?

Arsonists blamed for washed-up wood fire

Arsonists set alight a large stack of timber washed up on a beach afer a cargo ship sank in the English Channel.

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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
10 best tablets

The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain