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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.

Luton scored 5.76 on a rudeness scale of 1-10

Paradise...? (No, Luton is Britain's rudest airport)

Luton is the UK's most unfriendly airport, with Edinburgh the most welcoming, according to a survey.

Terminal ferocity: Southend's name has angered some

Inside Travel: London Southend Airport

The many faces of 'London'

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Briton jailed for tax fraud that funded champagne lifestyle in Monaco

A Briton was jailed for four years today for a £673,000 tax fraud that funded a champagne lifestyle in Monaco.

Around the park at the opening ceremony: 'I never thought I'd be lucky enough to see something like this'

After the chaos, it all went remarkably smoothly. Many of the people who had tickets to the Opening Ceremony left their homes early in the expectation that the queues would be enormous, given the hoo-hah that surrounded the security preparations in the weeks running up to the Games. Yet few experienced any kind of backlog.

Travellers jailed in slaves case

A husband and wife who treated destitute men “worse than slaves” by forcing them into servitude have been jailed for 11 years and four years respectively.

Police at the Greenacre caravan site in Leighton Buzzard

Travellers kept slaves 'in concentration camp'

Four members of same family guilty of forcing destitute people into brutal servitude

Four members of traveller family convicted in 'slaves' trial

Four members of a traveller family were today found guilty of forcing destitute men into servitude.

The Green Road into the Trees: An Exploration of England, By Hugh Thomson

Cross-country adventures of the wanderer and the escapee

Undercover officer Bob Lambert 'bombed shop'

Ministers have been urged to investigate claims that an undercover police officer who had infiltrated a group of animal rights extremists planted a fire bomb in a department store.

Man held after 2kg of heroin found in wedding dress

A man is in custody after customs officers found 2kg of heroin hidden in a wedding dress, the Border Force said today.

England celebrate Welbeck's goal against Belgium

England cannot outplay elite teams, warns Gareth Southgate

As England fly to Euros today, FA director says being hard to beat is best they can hope for

Two rapists see sentences doubled for raping 11-year-old girl

Two men locked up for raping an 11-year-old girl had their sentences more than doubled by the Court of Appeal today.

Conference Premier: York's double Wembley date

Police were called into action as Wrexham fans invaded the pitch at the Racecourse Ground after losing to Luton 3-2 on aggregate last night – the Welsh side won the match 2-1.

Four charged with plotting terror attacks

Court told gang planned to use explosives and guns in attacks inspired by al-Qa'ida

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

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