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David Phelan discovers how to survive a Las Vegas trade show

Colour-coded terror alert system set to be axed

America's Homeland Security Department is proposing to discontinue the colour-coded terror alert system that became a symbol of the country's post-9/11 jitters and the butt of late-night talk show jokes.

Ryanair defeats passenger rebellion after four-hour sit-in

No-one, it appears, warned the French of the airline's uncompromising reputation.

Twitter anger over airport conviction

Twitter users are retaliating after a court failed to overturn the conviction and sentence of a trainee accountant who posted a message on the site threatening to blow up an airport.

India: Plane searched after cargo alert

A Delta flight which landed at Mumbai airport yesterday evening was searched for suspicious cargo after a warning from airline staff.

'UK airports should not kowtow to US,' says BA chairman

The chairman of British Airways has attacked the "completely redundant" checks commonplace at British airports and said the UK should stop "kowtowing" to demands for increased security from the US.

Airport bottle-scanner approved

The ban on liquids at airports could soon be less of a misery for passengers now that new X-ray technology that detects dangerous liquids has been approved for use in Europe.

Ferrovial to sell chunk of BAA

Ferrovial is to sell off 10 per cent of British airports group BAA, the Spanish conglomerate said yesterday.

7/7 victims tell of horrific injuries

Only when he struggled to get up to help other injured passengers did Andrew Brown realise he had lost his legs, he explained yesterday.

David Prosser: BAA will keep playing for more time

Outlook The wheels of justice can't grind slowly enough for BAA. Though the airports operator lost the latest round of its spat with the Competition Commission in the Court of Appeal yesterday, it is seeking permission to appeal. And you can see why – the company is still smarting from the disappointing price it had to accept for Gatwick last year, when the regulator's original ruling that BAA should be broken up forced it to sell a trophy asset at the height of the recession. The longer it can delay the day it has to put Stansted and one of Edinburgh or Glasgow airports up for sale, the more chance it has to secure a better price as the global airline industry recovers.

Border agency strike hits ports and airports

Border Agency workers at ports and airports across the country will launch a two-day strike today in protest at changes to their shift patterns.

Delhi prohibits naming more public works after Gandhi-Nehru dynasty

Across the length and breadth of India one cannot help but stumble into things named after the country's most famed dynastic family. There are Indira Gandhi airports, Rajiv Gandhi roundabouts as well as parks, schools and hospitals honouring the Nehru-Gandhi clan. One suspects many of them have been named by ministers and officials seeking to please the current members of the first family. But enough is enough. The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, who was appointed to his position by Sonia Gandhi, Rajiv's widow, has issued a message to ministers that no more government schemes are to be named this way.

Wedding on hold but Luke is best man for GB

If England are to thrive in New Zealand and Australia over the next five weeks, they need to show the sort of commitment epitomised by Luke Robinson right from the start.

Airport demand boosts Smiths

The engineering group Smiths said its detection business achieved a 43 per cent rise in profits after strong demand from airports, ports and border agencies.

Dom Joly: For a cheery welcome at Dulles, pose as a doughnut

I'm in Washington DC for four days. I decided it would be fun for my daughter to celebrate her 10th birthday in the capital of the USA. I've got all kinds of stuff lined up for her: the International Spy Museum, the theatre box where Lincoln was shot, the Vietnam war memorial....

Lorry 'rolled over pensioner outside report'

An elderly woman was hit by a lorry and crushed to death under its wheels as she left an airport following a family holiday, a court heard today.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there