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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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General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

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Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

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The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

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How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
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11 best bedside tables

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Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

Italy vs England player ratings

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Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat