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Pre-Christmas rail strikes called off but Boxing Day Tube strike will go ahead

Pre-Christmas strikes that threatened to cause chaos for hundreds of thousands of rail passengers have been called off.

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Arsenal's Boxing Day clash against West Ham cancelled due to threat of Tube strike

London derby at the Emirates over Christmas is axed

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We did not deserve Sweden defeat, insists Hodgson

Paris St Germain star Ibrahimovic grabbed his fourth goal in the 4-2 win with a wonder goal

RMT mark 25th anniversary of Kings Cross fire by demanding the scrapping proposed staffing cuts

Transport trade unionists marking the 25th anniversary of a devastating Tube station fire today demanded the scrapping of proposed staffing cuts.

Journey, the game with no guns and no enemies

Game City Prize winner Journey: Balm for the console

No guns, no enemies, no point? Video games have a reputation for violence, but the winner of a prestigious industry award is an utterly peaceful affair, says David Crookes

San Marino serenely beaten after delaying the inevitable

Residents of the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, to honour the country with its full title, no doubt treat news of a drubbing on the football field with suitable serenity. They have, after all, had plenty of practice and would have expected nothing else from last night's rabbit shoot.

There are calls for a major Tube safety investigation after another incident today

Calls for a major Tube safety investigation after third child is found on tracks in just two weeks

The latest incident involved a 12-year-old boy who accidently stayed on board a Bakerloo Line train when it went into sidings after its final passenger stop.

Ferguson: Rio will be far more important to me than to England

Sir Alex Ferguson glad Rio Ferdinand is finished with England

Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday welcomed the fact that Rio Ferdinand is unlikely to play for his country again, saying it would benefit both the 33-year-old defender and Manchester United.

Simon Patterson: Under Cartel, Haunch of Venison, London

Patterson was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1996 for The Great Bear, a reworking of the London Tube map that substituted all the station names for that of celebrities, Old Masters and Chinese dissidents.

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The public transport system, which coped well with the Olympics, will face "some new and unique challenges" from the Paralympics.

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