Photography: 98for98 The century in photographs: today 1909

Today's photograph of French aviation pioneer Louis Bleriot, continues our 98 for 98 photographs taken from exclusive access to the Hulton Getty Picture Collection. The year is 1909, and Bleriot poses with his wife at Dover Castle after completing the first crossing of the English Channel in 43 minutes. He received pounds 1,000 from the Daily Mail, an award indicative of the importance of Bleriot's achievement (the most expensive plane at the First International exhibition of aircraft in March, cost pounds 1,440). Throughout the year progress in aviation rose skywards: in America, Curtis and Bishop announced that they would manufacture aircrafts commercially, an Aerial League of the British Empire was formed to promote British supremacy in the air, and in August the First International air race meeting was held at Rheims, France.

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That was '97, another year of rising heat

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Britain shows way on warming

Tony Blair and the deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, are lobbying world leaders this weekend in an unprecedented last-ditch campaign to save the acrimonious negotiations on combating global warming in Kyoto, Japan.

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Conflicting needs that stifle growth

Forests are still neglected in wealthy, industrialised nations as well as developing countries, according to the Worldwide Fund for Nature. And it picked out as an example yesterday the Glenfeshie estate, at the southern end of Scotland's Cairngorm mountains.

Letter: How business rules the world

The usually dead right Neal Ascherson is dead wrong when he says that "Big business doesn't want to rule the world" (3 August). He obviously isn't watching the behind-closed-doors negotiations at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris of the 29 industrial nations concocting the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.

Why babies must come before business

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Youth power: you gotta have it

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The Islington dinner that spawned an environmental crusade

One evening last winter a family scene unfolded in the Blair household in Islington which could conceivably help save to the world. I mean this literally.

UK poverty is worst in the West

Poverty is rising faster in Britain than in any other major industrialised country, an authoritative new United Nations report reveals.

Comment: Children we must not fail

We do not know how many children are living on the streets of Britain's cities. There are no statistics, nor official recognition that the structures of our civilised society can throw up children as young as 10 who don't go to school, don't return home at night (maybe have no home to return to), hide out in lorry parks and public lavatories, warm themselves at night huddled against air vents and each other, and chase away the terrors of their wrecked lives by sniffing glue and furniture polish. We do not know and maybe do not want to know.

Britain praised by OECD for jobs policies

The jobs policies of the previous government were singled out for high praise in an authoritative new report yesterday, while France and Germany were criticised sharply for their failure to introduce more flexibility in the jobs market.

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