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.

America calls on G7 to tackle Asian crisis

The US Government last night unveiled plans for a high-level meeting of the leading industrialised nations, including Britain, to develop new methods to deal with the growing Asian financial crisis.

That was '97, another year of rising heat

1997 will be England's third warmest year since temperature records began more than three centuries ago. Man-made global warming can already be seen in temperature trends for the entire globe. Now, says Nicholas Schoon, Environment Correspondent, climatologists are trying to establish whether it has begun in Britain.

TV watchdog bans world-debt crisis commercial

A television commercial highlighting the human impact of the Third World debt burden has been banned by advertising watchdogs. The charity Christian Aid, which wants public debate in advance of the G8 industrialised nations' discussion of the debt crisis next year, is surprised. A commercial due to be shown from the New Year is in breach of the Independent Television Commission's (ITC) code of standards and practice, it has been ruled.

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.

Is Jean-Jacques Rousseau to blame for France's missing millions?

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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

In its annual report 'The Progress of Nations' Unicef ranks countries according to their progress on human rights, health and welfare. The Right Reverend Barrington Ward unleashed an attack on the sale of formula milk for the feeding of babies

Youth power: you gotta have it

Once you were the office baby - now there are layers of bright babies under you. Everywhere, youth reigns supreme. Worried? You bet, says Hester Lacey

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.

The home ownership boom is pushing up unemployment

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