Britain’s economic recovery was being undermined by continuing delays in deciding how to expand the country’s airport capacity, two former trade ministers warned the Government

Airport expansion: British economy being strangled by lack of flights, say ex-ministers

Peers say decision is needed on new airport capacity to compete with European rivals

Great getaways: New York and the Caribbean; Arctic adventure; winter Sun in Canary Islands; cruise East

Today, a cruise deals special to mark National Cruise Week, which runs until 29 September, and the Cruise Show, taking place at Birmingham NEC on Sunday (discovercruises.co.uk).

Yoga guru Swami Ramdevji 'detained at Heathrow Airport'

Spiritual leader was expected to lead 1,500-strong class in Glasgow on Monday night

Two men arrested after Sri Lankan plane diverted from Heathrow to Stansted

Passenger overheard claiming 'something' was on board the flight in the luggage hold

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Our guide to getting there, getting in, and getting around

The UK’s new drain of talent: The £3,000 cash bond for visitors from South Asia and West Africa

The move has added to the sense of unease among ethnic minority (BME) communities, already roused by the government’s 'go home' vans

Ryanair plans passenger increase at Stansted in exchange for fee cut

Irish carrier signs ten-year deal with airport to boost passenger numbers to 20 million

Nadia Eweida claimed she suffered discrimination at work because of her faith

Christians forced to hide their faith by equality laws, says senior Liberal Democrat MP

Britain's longest-serving current Lib Dem, Sir Alan Beith, says 'silly things' happen because people don't understand principles of secularism

High-speed rail to cross the Thames?

The former banker who now chairs the South East Local Enterprise Partnership has hatched a plan for a new, high-speed railway linking Kent and Essex.

A picture of the in-flight map shown on the British Airways plane

British Airways apologises over 'Palestinian Territories' marker over Israel on in-flight map

British Airways has apologised for displaying an in-flight map with the words “Palestinian Territories” covering part of Israel.

A Thai Airways passenger plane takes off over a damaged Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand

Thai Airways blacks out logo after skidding off runway: How to turn an accident into a PR disaster

Decision to protect the brand of the airline has done precisely the opposite

Wales manager Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman rejoins Wales squad in Macedonia after losing his passport to take spotlight off Gareth Bale

The Wales boss was not allowed to fly out with the rest of the squad after he lost his passport but he has now arrived ahead of their World Cup qualifier later tonight

Britain swelters into September – but downpours to come

Good news for those heading to Bestival – but they should make the most of it while they can

Temperatures are expected to rise to around 28C in central, eastern and southern England

Britain braced for two-day heatwave as temperatures set soar this week

Forecasters predict highs of around 30C today in London

Get me out of here - Med cruise, Toronto, Perth

Now... Set sail on a Med cruise this month. P&O has a 14-night cruise aboard the Oceana which departs from Southampton on 27 September for £799pp, calling at Cartagena, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rome, Corsica, Gibraltar and La Coruña. Pocruises.co.uk

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