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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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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