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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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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'