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Helicopter-maker AgustaWestland has been awarded two Ministry of Defence contracts worth £760 million which will secure more than 1,000 jobs in the UK.

Four arrested on suspicion of trafficking hundreds of women from EU into UK to work as prostitutes

Four men were arrested today on suspicion of trafficking hundreds of women from Hungary and other European Union countries into Britain to work as prostitutes.

Simon Calder's Q&A: Manchester airport buys Stansted

Why does Manchester want another airport – surely it’s already got one?

The English Defence League has seen its support splinter

Far-right vacuum could trigger 'lone-wolf' attacks

Warning about potential for a 'British Breivik'

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Travel from Chile to the UK

Every day our travel guru answers your travel questions

Former Labour MP Margaret Moran escapes jail and criminal conviction despite fiddling £53,000 of expenses from taxpayer

Ms Moran, 57, who is currently suffering from depression, represented Luton for 13 years

Stranded motorists on the A169 high up on the North York Moors near Goathland, North Yorkshire as snow fell across the UK

South's first snowfall brings transport to a standstill

Passenger fury as just two centimetres cancels flights at Stansted and Luton

Margaret Moran is to face 21 expenses charges

Promising career sunk by greed: rise and fall of Margaret Moran

Former MP who fiddled £53,000 in expenses judged unfit to stand trial

How scandal dogged Margaret Moran's career

The scandal that has dogged Margaret Moran's political career has left her a shadow of her former self.

Margaret Moran is to face 21 expenses charges

Former MP Margaret Moran fiddled £53,000 expenses, jury rules

A former Labour MP fiddled her expenses claims to receive more than £53,000, a jury has ruled.

What the Sunday Papers Said

The Independent on Sunday: Rising costs put Thameslink trains deal at risk

Gabriel Byrne stars as Tom Dawkins in 'Secret State'

IoS TV review: Secret State, Channel 4, Wednesday
Some Girls, BBC3, Tuesday
Heston's Fantastical Food, Channel 4, Tuesday

The latest TV portrait of British politics is a watchable but silly conspiracy thriller

Margaret Moran is to face 21 expenses charges

Ex-MP Margaret Moran 'made £60,000 in false expenses claims and used elderly couple's address on fake invoice'

The former Labour MP Margaret Moran claimed nearly her full year’s allowance in a single false claim and even submitted expenses for an address that in fact belonged to an elderly couple, a jury has heard.

Heathrow airport expansion backed in poll

UK holidaymakers and global tourist chiefs believe expanding Heathrow is the best way of solving Britain's airport capacity problems, according to a survey.

Woman murdered husband with scissors in row over tidying up

A four-times-married woman murdered her latest husband with a pair of dress-making scissors after he refused to help her tidy up, a court heard.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness