News Bonanno crime family leader Vincent Asaro is escorted by FBI agents; the Bonanno crime family committed acts of extortion and arson, including the airport heist, a brazen crime made famous by the 1990 film 'Goodfellas'

For more than 35 years the mobsters behind one of the largest cash thefts in US history – a heist so brazen it was used as one of the central themes of the film Goodfellas — seemed to have got clean away.

Virgin back in profit despite stiff headwinds

Virgin Atlantic returned to cruising speed yesterday as the airline's finances soared back into the black despite taking a £40m hit from the ash cloud and winter cold snap.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Coliseum, London<br/>Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, St John's, Smith Square, London

Shakespeare's romantic comedy becomes almost unrecognisable in this tale of seduction and rejection set in a boys' school

Collegium Vocale Gent/Herreweghe, St John&rsquo;s Smith Square

Under the imaginative direction of Lindsay Kemp, the annual Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music has always punched above its weight, and this year’s programme is no exception.

Clemency, Linbury Studio, London<br/>From the House of the Dead, Grand Theatre, Leeds

James MacMillan's opera weaves the longing for a child with the skewed vision of fundamentalism

Queen of the castle: Ruby Wax lives it up in Bavaria

Forget the United Nations &ndash; world peace is only a massage away at the Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa and Cultural Hideaway in Bavaria

BmiBaby cuts British flights

Budget airline BmiBaby is to stop flying from Cardiff and Manchester after the end of this summer, blaming the tricky economic climate.

Something to declare: cabin crew in &euro;20m forgery scam

The sight of a prim, uniformed German flight attendant struggling to lug her impossibly heavy hand luggage through the "nothing to declare" channel at Frankfurt airport finally convinced customs officials that something was up.

Overwhelming vote to strike by BA cabin crew

For the fourth time in two years, cabin crew employed by British Airways have voted resoundingly to strike.

Travel Agenda: The Big Scuba Show; Hogwarts Express; South Beach Food and Wine Festival; Rio de Janeiro

Today: The Big Scuba Show is at London Olympia until tomorrow. Visitors to the exhibition can expect question-and-answer sessions with experts, try-dives, a photography display and virtual free-diving, as well as stalls selling scuba kit, plus competition giveaways ( thebigscubashow.com).

'Green' 747 jumbo jet unveiled

Plane manufacturer Boeing has unveiled its latest "environmentally friendly" passenger 747 jumbo jet.

Axa and Permira buy Opodo from Amadeus

The private equity firms Axa and Permira are buying the online travel agent Opodo for €500m (£424m) from the Spanish travel reservations group Amadeus.

BA cabin crew vote for fresh round of strikes

British Airways was facing the threat of a fresh wave of strikes by its cabin crew tonight after they voted heavily in favour of more walkouts in their bitter dispute with the airline.

Branson set to relinquish control of Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic yesterday revealed it had been approached by a series of rivals over potential tie-ups, increasing speculation that Sir Richard Branson is preparing to relinquish control of the carrier he founded in 1984.

Shivaji: At home with a Hindu hero

The magnificent fortresses created by the 17th-century warrior Shivaji provide an insight into the soul of the Indian nation, says Adrian Hamilton
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Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
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Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

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The West needs more than a White Knight

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Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

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