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In the world’s pre-eminent city for air travel, global aviation policy is decided by local politics. The city is London, where 130 million airline passengers arrive or depart each year – or four per second, on average.

August 2, 2012: Gold medalists Etienne Stott (C) and Tim Baillie (R) of Great Britain celebrate after the Men's Canoe Double (C2) Slalom final

Slalom Canoeing: Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie win gold for Team GB with David Florence and Richard Hounslow taking silver

The British canoeing pair Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott took a breathtaking gold for Britain in the two-man canoe slalom this afternoon.

Great Britain’s David Florence struggles in yesterday’s canoe single semi-final

Florence focus turns to doubles after hopes swamped at Gate 18

The dream of an individual gold medal is over, but David Florence is determined to use the disappointment of his failure in the canoe slalom yesterday to drive him to success alongside Richard Hounslow tomorrow.

Canoeing: David Florence looks forward after wobbly start

David Florence is concentrating on tomorrow's canoe slalom C1 semi-finals after his initially shaky run.

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Leading article: Better to maintain the mystery of Springfield

And so the mystery is solved. After 20-plus years and more than 500 episodes, the creator of The Simpsons has finally cracked and admitted that it was Springfield, Oregon, all along. Since the very beginning, fans have speculated as to which of the 34 US towns that bear the name – not to mention the one in Essex – could claim to be "the real Springfield", home of the world's most famous yellow family. Now they know.

Metro in US embassy deal

Metro Bank has won the pitch to become the US embassy in London's official bank, processing its transactions in the UK. Metro Bank has been expanding in the capital since its launch in 2010.

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It's a safe bet that you didn't pay much attention to the National Luxury and Lifestyle Awards last weekend. No, me neither. And you may not have heard of John Griffin, the recipient of a special award as Entrepreneur of the Year. But if you live in London, he's a constant presence in your life.

Boxing: Brook chasing Khan after win

Kell Brook is targeting a blockbuster showdown with Amir Khan which promoter Eddie Hearn insists can attract 50,000 people to an outdoor venue in England.

Charlton’s Ben Hamer reacts after being sent off against Leyton Orient

Defeated Charlton appeal Hamer ban

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Ilir Nazmi Kumbaro has been living in a council flat in Fulham for several years

Albanian torture suspect at large in UK

Police are searching for a former Albanian intelligence officer wanted for torture and kidnapping who jumped bail last week, failing to appear at his extradition hearing in London on 1 December.

Wadsworth shown the exit by Hartlepool

Hartlepool United have sacked their manager, Mick Wadsworth, following a run of seven successive home defeats.

FA Cup Round-Up: Rovers thrash Totton to progress

Bristol Rovers surged into the third round of the FA Cup yesterday with a clinical 6-1 defeat of non-league AFC Totton.

Bog Warrior ridden by Ruby Walsh jumps the last to win the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse

Mud-loving Bog Warrior lays waste to classy field

With its intimations of resilience, both against present travails and past caricature, he bears the perfect name for an Irish "banker" at Cheltenham. More pertinently, however, Bog Warrior's christening contains a literal significance that may ultimately disqualify him from that role. For after a sensational performance at Fairyhouse yesterday, his trainer indicated that conditions would have to be a good deal muddier than usual if he is to end up at the Festival in March. Regardless, this is unmistakably a new star in the jumping firmament, with the clear potential to prove the best horse ever to have entered the canny supervision of Tony Martin.

Union Jacks' music, décor, drinks and tableware are suitably witty and pretty but the food is dire

Union Jacks, 4 Central St Giles Piazza, London WC2

At Union Jacks, Jamie Oliver is reimagining the pizza. But did he really need to?

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