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Cults, Lexington, London

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Eurotunnel fire sparks ultimate insurance fight

When a fire closed the Channel Tunnel in September 2008, the struggling operator Eurotunnel no doubt consoled itself with one thought: its insurers would pay up. More than two years and a half years later, however, Eurotunnel remains embroiled in a legal battle with the train operators that use its infrastructure between Britain and the Continent.

Hamish McRae: Asia's latest growth spurt highlights the gulf between the 'old' world and the 'new'

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Eurostar narrows losses ahead of Deutsche Bahn competition

Rail operator boosts passengers but sees German rivalry from 2013 as a 'significant risk'

Rufus to reign at the Royal Opera House

Rufus Wainwright is to become the first pop artist to take upresidency at the Royal Opera House in London.

Skiing in France: Invaders of the lost Arc

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Mary Dejevsky: Let the old care for the elderly

Notebook

Strike in Belgium hits Eurostar service

Just one Eurostar service is running between the UK and Brussels today due to industrial action in Belgium.

Strike halts Eurostar trains to Brussels

Almost all the Eurostar services between the UK and Brussels scheduled to run today have been cancelled as a result of planned industrial action in Belgium.

Belgian strike cripples Eurostar service

Almost all the Eurostar services between the UK and Brussels scheduled to run tomorrow have been cancelled because of industrial action in Belgium.

Eurostar to buy German trains as it gears up for expansion

Eurostar international is ordering 10 new high-speed trains for the Channel Tunnel rail link from the German industrial giant Siemens, in the teeth of pressure from the French government to buy from France's Alstom.

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