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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.

Keen: as a football scout, he spotted Graeme Souness for Middlesbrough

Alan Keen: MP known for his passion for football

Alan Keen, who has died after a heroic fight against cancer, was the Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston for more than 19 years since his election in 1992, when he wonthe seat from the Conservatives. Alan was a great MP, locally popular, diligent, and a great fighter for local causes. And he willbe remembered also as the MP who spoke up for sports, and especially football, more than anyone in the House of Commons.

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Ricky Hatton

The first fight of the Hitman's new career as a trainer takes place at the Oldham Sports Centre tonight, when Hatton will be in the corner for his undefeated welterweight charge Adam Little's bout against Billy Smith.

Brentford confirm Uwe Rosler appointment

Former Manchester City striker Uwe Rosler has today been appointed the new manager of League One Brentford.

Silence, Hampstead Theatre, London

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Children suffer in classrooms with poor acoustics

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Final is a day of firsts for Bees' Nicky Forster and Kevin O'Connor, writes Paul Newman

Andy Scott sacked by Brentford

Brentford have today sacked manager Andy Scott.

The week four people vanished – and only one made the news

Joanna Yeates disappeared one month ago today. But what of the similar cases at the time that the public never heard about?

Ricky Hatton settles £1.4m wages claim

Ex-boxer Ricky Hatton has settled a £1.4 million claim for unpaid wages from his former trainer.

Detective cleared of rape

A trainee detective was cleared today of raping a woman at police accommodation after prosecutors offered no evidence.

Man stabbed to death on night out in London

A murder inquiry was under way today after a 33-year-old man was stabbed to death following a night out.

McLeish praises Birmingham veterans

Alex McLeish paid tribute to golden oldies Kevin Phillips and Maik Taylor for rescuing Birmingham from Carling Cup humiliation and securing a quarter-final spot.

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