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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

Alzheimer's patient left locked overnight on bus

A minibus driver has been suspended after an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer's was left locked in his vehicle overnight, leading a council chief to admit something had gone "seriously wrong" within its care service.

Four killed in Baghdad bombings

Two bomb blasts killed four people in north-western Baghdad, two days after a series of attacks claimed the lives of 30 in the capital and across the country, Iraqi officials said today.

Mourners watch a hearse carrying the coffins of the three children slain at Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse

Mother saw her daughter, seven, being shot in head

No one paid much attention to the man in the motorcycle helmet stepping off the high-powered scooter in the Rue Jules-Dalou. Witnesses said later that he had "appeared from nowhere".

12 killed in Pakistan bus bombing

A powerful bomb ripped through a minibus terminal in north-west Pakistan today, killing at least 12 people including four children, officials said.

Stagecoach spends £60m on new buses

Transport group Stagecoach said today it will invest around £60 million in nearly 400 'greener' vehicles for its bus and coach fleet.

Russian space probe is falling to Earth

A crippled Russian spacecraft is likely to crash to Earth sometime on Sunday at an unspecified location.

MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD: The religious hardliner was elected president in 2005 and again in 2009

Bomb blast outside UK embassy in Bahrain

Analysts say growing tensions between Iran and Britain may be behind the explosion

Britons killed in Jamaica crash

Three members of a British family have been killed in a road crash in Jamaica, police have said.

Gunmen kill 11 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan

Gunmen opened fire on a minibus carrying minority Shiite Muslims in southwestern Pakistan today, killing 11 people in what appeared to be a sectarian attack, police said.

Report tells dark tale of 1976 Kingsmills massacre

One of the darkest episodes in the long and bloody history of the IRA was highlighted yesterday in a police report into the killing of 10 Protestant workmen in Co Armagh in the 1970s.

Wakehurst Place: Kew's country cousin is as accessible as tricky terrains come

"Ahh, I long to have flowerbeds neatly mulched like this," says my godmother, covetously, eyeing up the azaleas. We are at Wakehurst Place in Haywards Heath, Sussex, admiring the neatly kept gardens, now all kitted out for summer. We've wandered through the bluebell woods, admired the long views to distant birch plantations, and done the sums on a June wedding hosted in the Elizabethan mansion. And it's not even lunchtime.

14 hurt as car and minibus collide

Fourteen people have been injured in a collision between a minibus and a car.

Kenyan police under investigation over deaths

Kenya's largest newspaper printed shocking images yesterday of what appeared to be undercover police shooting three unarmed suspects at point-blank range on a busy Nairobi highway during midday, prompting a barrage of criticism.

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