News An RAF Apache helicopter

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.

Labour accuses Cameron of lining up with extremists on multiculturalism

PM's attack on some minorities' failure to integrate draws stinging criticism

British Land embarks on small town shopping spree

Listed property company British Land is stepping up its retail exposure by buying a Barnstaple shopping centre and a retail development site in Luton, and by bidding for a £150m stake in a scheme in Bath.

Care provider: The troubles besetting largest nursing home firm

Not many people have heard of Southern Cross. Yet around 37,000 elderly and vulnerable people rely on Britain's largest nursing home company for every aspect of their care.

Man shoots himself after 16-hour standoff with police in park

A man died last night after apparently shooting himself in the head in a park in broad daylight following a 16-hour stand-off with police.

Gunman dies after police stand-off

A gunman died today after apparently shooting himself in the head following a 16-hour stand-off with police.

Media Diary: Luton riled by Sayle obits

Famous reporter Murray Sayle tracked down Che Guevara in Bolivia. But ex-BBC man Clifford Luton lodged double PCC complaints against the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times because their obituaries of Sayle failed to say he paid for a plane to locate yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester in 1966, while Sayle was merely a passenger.

Here's something novel – backing for first-time writers

High-street chain Waterstone's will champion books from 11 authors making their fiction debut

School run or school bus? It's all a question of class divide...

Parents in traditionally well-off areas are more likely to take their children by car

Controversial US preacher will not attend EDL demo

Controversial American preacher Pastor Terry Jones will not attend an English Defence League (EDL) demonstration in Britain, the far-right group said.

How Luton became the epicentre of the global clash of civilisations

Mark Hughes visits the Bedforshire town shaken by a dangerous cocktail of radical Islam and English Defence League provocation

Stockholm bomber was confronted by mosque leaders

The Stockholm bomber was thrown out of a mosque for preaching about suicide bombings and attempting to recruit extremists, religious leaders said today.

Move to ban anti-Islam pastor from UK

Campaigners are calling for a controversial US pastor to be banned from entering Britain to share his views on Islam with far-right activists.

Paramedic tells of 'makeshift mortuary' on bombed train

A 7/7 paramedic fought back tears as he told an inquest how colleagues were forced to establish a "makeshift mortuary" on one of the bombed trains today.

EDL leader in court on assault charge

English Defence League founder Stephen Lennon will face court today over the alleged assault of a police officer during clashes with Islamic protesters.

Death of policeman was 'preventable' says report

The death of a policeman stabbed to death by a paranoid schizophrenic could have been prevented if he had been treated suitably, an independent report found today.

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