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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

Eighteen killed in Pakistan bus blast

Eighteen people were killed when an explosion ripped through a minibus travelling in a militant-infested area of north-western Pakistan today, police said.

Waitrose and Tesco sold leeks picked by 'slaves', court told

A gang made £10m over four years by recruiting migrant workers and treating them as "slaves" to pick leeks which were then sold to major British supermarkets, a court was told yesterday.

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Two car bombs in Baghdad kill ten

A car bomb near an office of Iraq's National Security Ministry and another near a popular restaurant killed at least 10 people in the Iraqi capital today and wounded dozens, security sources said.

Turkey: Roadside bomb kills nine on minibus

A roadside bomb attack killed nine people travelling in a minibus yesterday in the latest violence to shake Turkey's turbulent south-east, where Kurdish guerrillas have been fighting for autonomy for decades.

Six killed as minibus hits roadside bomb

A minibus packed with civilians struck a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan early today, killing six on board and wounding nine, officials said.

At least twenty killed in India bus accident

Police say at least 20 people have been killed and 15 critically injured in eastern India today when a minibus crashed into a tree and fell into a ditch.

Bus crash girl killed on her 16th birthday

One of the children killed when a school bus crashed in Cumbria was celebrating her birthday, police revealed today.

Pack up your troubles and head for the hills

Derry has risen above its bloody past to become a shortlisted bidder for UK City of Culture in 2013. David Ryan biked its back roads

eBay man guilty of fixing auction

An eBay seller could be fined up to £50,000 after becoming the first person in Britain convicted of bidding on his own goods to raise prices. Paul Barrett increased the value of the items he was selling by bidding on them under a separate user name, in a practice known as "shill bidding".

Once it was a Jag. Now Prezza travels by minibus

Campaigning has been an unpredictable business over the years for John Prescott. Back in 2001, his tour was punctuated by that unforgettable left jab delivered unerringly to the chin of Craig Evans, a local farm worker, who had landed an egg on Britain's most belligerent MP. This time round, Mr Prescott received a warmer welcome – a couple of kisses from two rather more attractive, and supportive, voters.

Blasts in Baghdad kill 17 as early election votes are cast

A string of blasts ripped through Baghdad targeting early voters and killing 17 people yesterday, raising tensions in an already nervous city as early ballots are cast for Sunday's parliamentary elections.

Afghan civilians killed in Nato air strike

A Nato air strike in southern Afghanistan killed at least 21 civilians, the Afghan government said today.

Extreme family: It lacks luxury but a break in the Welsh countryside more than makes up for with all-action adventure

I'm a bit jealous of my children. They get to go on school trips to activity centres, have quadded and go-karted with PGL and often throw themselves around on boats and in tents with the cubs and Woodcraft Folk. I, meanwhile, spend my holidays on a sun lounger with one eye on my BlackBerry, feeling guilty about not using the hotel gym.

Chris Grayling: Vetting must be combined with common sense



All of us agree that we need to check the backgrounds of those in responsible roles working with children. There have been far too many horrendous cases over the years for that not to be necessary.

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