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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.

Is easyJet suffering from growing pains?

Britain's biggest low-cost airline celebrates its anniversary this week. Simon Calder checks in

Boy, 17, held over teenager's stab murder

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a teenager who was stabbed in a busy recreation ground.

Cruddas urges parties to 'choke off' EDL surge

A Labour MP today called on political parties to "choke off" what the English Defence League (EDL) taps into.

Maternity ward closed after infection outbreak

A maternity ward was sealed off yesterday after two babies and a mother developed a skin infection.

CCTV reveals calm preparations of 7/7 bombers

New CCTV of the July 7 bombers calmly planning and embarking on their suicide mission was played at the inquests into their victims' deaths today.

7/7 conspiracy theories 'have no basis'

Conspiracy theories about the 7/7 attacks have no basis in evidence, the hearing was told.

Two arrested after man dies

Police launched a murder investigation after a man died following an altercation, they said today.

Lorry 'rolled over pensioner outside report'

An elderly woman was hit by a lorry and crushed to death under its wheels as she left an airport following a family holiday, a court heard today.

The £1m cruise: Simon Calder calculates the appeal of a voyage around the Greek islands

Cruises are big business. So just what does it take for a tour operator to put together a profitable voyage around the Greek islands?

Bunny, Underbelly

Jack Thorne confirms his position as a powerful voice for Britain's youth with this new one-girl play. The Skins writer, whose new four-parter with Shane Meadows, This is England '86, starts on Channel 4 next month, tackles modern multicultural society in Bunny with spirit and wit.

Doctor who missed cancer signs allowed to continue working

A father expressed dismay today after a GP who failed to spot symptoms of cervical cancer in his daughter escaped being struck off the medical register.

Ramadan and me: A month in the life of British Muslims

Islam's month of daylight abstinence starts on Wednesday and, for the faithful in Britain, it is particularly tough. Rachel Shields asks how they prepare

Egg thrower gets jail term

A 23-year-old man was found guilty of an offence under the Public Order Act. He had thrown eggs at a Tory peer.

Airport cleaners caught stealing from luggage

A pair of cleaners were caught red-handed pilfering from passengers' luggage at an airport, police said today.

Man guilty of pelting Baroness Warsi with eggs

A 23-year-old man was found guilty today of pelting eggs at a Tory peer.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

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Panto dames: before and after

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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