Fog to dampen New Year's Eve celebrations

Mist and lingering fog is threatening to mar revellers' enjoyment of tomorrow night's New Year's Eve fireworks displays, forecasters said.

New powers to allow teachers to frisk pupils

New powers allowing teachers to search pupils for mobile phones are expected to be outlined as part of an initiative to stop disruption in classrooms.

Man shot by police in domestic incident

A man was shot by police after threatening a woman with a gun, a force spokeswoman said today.

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Bonfire society chief hurt by rocket

A member of one of Britain's oldest bonfire societies remained in a critical condition in hospital last night after being struck in the chest by a rocket at a celebration in Lewes, east Sussex.

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Fireworks are an Only In My Back Yard affair.

Guy Fawkes vs Diwali: Battle of Bonfire Night

As the two festivals coincide, Kevin Rawlinson wonders which fireworks will burn brightest

Firefighters due to go on strike today

London firefighters were due to strike today in protest against plans for a new shift system after last-ditch talks between the Fire Brigades Union and the capital's fire brigade collapsed last night.

Minor British Institutions: Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night, the celebration of which was once compulsory, is all about the failure of Guy Fawkes' gunpowder plot in 1605. We all know, don't we, that the aim of Guido and his conspirators was to blow up Parliament and deliver England back to the Pope?

David Usborne: One but, no ifs: Obama blew his TV moment

It was the dream booking for all involved. But, in the end, Barack Obama may come to regret his latest appearance on The Daily Show. For, once the short-term political benefits have subsided, many viewers will remember his modulation of a famous phrase: "Yes we can, but..."

How to keep children entertained during half term

Amy McLellan has some seasonal ideas

Sean O'Grady: Quango cuts may well cost more than they save

As bonfires go, this one is a little less fiery and accompanied by a rather less spectacular display of fireworks than you might have thought, listening to the soaring, boastful rhetoric of ministers and the squeals of anguish from the quangos being roasted alive. More of a damp squib really.

Teenager 'blew up car in neighbour dispute'

A teenager used an improvised explosive device (IED) to blow up a car in a neighbour dispute over a fallen fence panel, a court heard today.

Serbs riot over gay pride march in Belgrade

Serbian riot police fought running battles with hundreds of far-right supporters who tried to disrupt a gay pride march in central Belgrade today.

Four killed in Vietnam fireworks blast

Fireworks intended for Hanoi's upcoming 1,000th birthday celebration exploded prematurely yesterday, killing four people and injuring three others.

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