Four men arrested over Syria terror fears

Four men have been arrested by counter-terrorism officers investigating the kidnapping of a British photographer in Syria.

Elf and happiness: the 10.10am arrives in Brighton

Simon Calder: Goodwill to all men – except rail passengers

The man who pays his way

Air boss warns of £1.2bn fares rise

Capacity problems at airports was already leading to increased fare prices, says CAA chief

State of play: New York is one of the more accessible places to reach using Avios points

British Airways' Avios scheme: One year on - is the loyalty plan better than Air Miles?

Avios rewards are a year old. Should we celebrate? Simon Calder adds up the  benefits – and costs

European protests show North-South discrepancies

‘Day of action and solidarity’ against austerity measures sees demonstrations in 23 countries across the Continent

Rail passengers suffer delays and cancellations on busy commuter line

Rail passengers on one of the busiest commuter lines faced delays and cancellations today because of emergency engineering works.

Boris Johnson personally raised the prospect of taking legal action against the Government with David Cameron to speed up a review of London airport expansion.

Boris Johnson considers taking legal action against the Government over London airport expansion study, as Gatwick bosses unveil plans for new runway

Boris Johnson personally raised the prospect of taking legal action against the Government with David Cameron to speed up a review of London airport expansion.

Get me out of here: Mexico, Santa's workshop, Toronto

Now... On 3 November, Virgin Holidays has a 16-day Highlights of Mexico tour for £1,845pp, with flights from Gatwick to Cancú*, internal flights, guides, transfers and hotels. Highlights include Oaxaca, Campeche and Mérida. Virginholidays journeys.co.uk

Great Getaways: Méribel, Sri Lanka and chic Canada

Alpine escape

Eastpak's latest range is a collaboration with the Belgian fashion designer Kris Van Assche, available in Leicester and London stores. Eastpak.comEastpak.com

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Hottest day of the year recorded in the UK

It is officially the hottest day of the year so far after the mercury rose close to 30C (86F).

The Saturday Quiz

1. How is Belgian writer Georges Remi (1907-1983) better known?

Managers at troubled UK Border Agency receive bonuses of up to £10,000

Managers at the troubled UK Border Agency – which has faced fierce criticism over recent chaotic scenes at Heathrow airport – have received bonuses of up to £10,000.

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Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
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