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Owner of largest firm in the North East of England concedes move is 'morally wrong' but he says had no choice but to act after local authority warns operators over charging disabled passengers extra

How long before Howard's prisons burst?

The pressure is increasing as more offenders are jailed and help for prisoners and their families is cut

Seatbelts complusory for children in minibuses

Minibuses and coaches carrying three or more children will have to be fitted with seatbelts from February 1997, the Government announced yesterday.

PEKING DAYS; Driven up the Chinese wall

Peking drivers woke up yesterday to discover that, in this supposed last bastion of Communism, some cars are more equal than others.

Chalet holidays for grown-ups

Snow's up by Chris Gill

Ruthless streak of busman's daughter

AS SHE relaxes tomorrow in Beaufort Castle, one of Scotland's great stately homes, Ann Gloag can reflect that in just 15 years she has become one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in British history. The joint boss of Stagecoach (with her brother Brian Souter) is a former nurse who grew up in a council house in Perth.

Send in the counsellors

Counselling has been prescribed for the grieving children of St George's School. But is it needed? Mary Braid reports

IN BRIEF : Minibus and army lorry in fatal crash

wo people died and six were injured yesterday in a collision between an army lorry and a minibus near Andover, Hampshire. Police said two occupants of the minibus, which was carrying staff and residents of Norton Place, a nursing home for adults with learning disabilities at Southend, Essex, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Campaigners renew calls to fit seat belts

Christian Wolmar reviews the safety record of coaches in the wake of yesterday's tragedy

Day-trip coach crash kills eight

MICHAEL PRESTAGE

City slicker: Stoke-on-Trent

The atmosphere is sweaty, locker-room. The insults are crass, the conversation is crude. Yet, says Helen Johnstone, more and more women are surfing the Internet, and enjoying what they find

Band raid

Band raid

Pensioners die in coach plunge

British Legion outing ends in tragedy on M4

It doesn't have to be all sleaze, sleaze, sleaze

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

'It is much more frightening ... the spread has begun'

KIKWIT, Zaire - When a World Health Organisation team flew into Kikwit yesterday to be met by a Zairean specialist tackling the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, they offered their hands in greeting. Jacques Muyembe offered not his hand, but his elbow. Shaking hands is now thought too dangerous in Kikwit; they touch elbows instead.

The Jesus Army Wants You

The appeal of the Jesus Army to the young, the lost and the lonely has made it one of Britain's fastest-growing cults - but not without accusation s of brainwashing and exploitation. FIONA MACDONALD-SMITH was among those homeless plucked from London's stre
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
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