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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

Kia Sedona 2.9 CRDi LS

Look hard enough and there’s something unique in every car; some little quirk that makes it special.

The brew with a spectacular view

It has already been dubbed the café at the end of the universe – confirmation, as if it were needed, that the British will go to any lengths for a decent cup of tea.

On The Road: A journey into the unknown in Tanzania

"Safari njema!" our taxi-driver calls out as he leaves us at Mtwara bus station, wishing us well. No, we're not starting some luxurious Serengeti adventure with chilled G&Ts at sunset. "Safari" in Swahili simply means journey, and we're boarding a dalla-dalla – a strangely fairy-tale-like name for a battered minibus – to our next destination, Lindi.

Remote Hebridean island is combed for missing cadet

Father vows to find son who disappeared early on Boxing Day

Deadly bombings strike Baghdad in rush hour

A female suicide bomber blew herself up near an entrance to the US-protected Green Zone today, Iraqi officials said.

Dozens killed in double Baghdad bombing

Suicide bombers first attacked a bus full of schoolgirls in central Baghdad yesterday and then detonated a second bomb in the middle of a crowd of rescuers, killing at least 28 people and wounding 66 others.

Second blast strikes Baghdad rescuers

A suicide bomber struck today in a crowd that had gathered where an explosion had just damaged a bus full of schoolgirls, with both blasts killing at least 28 people and wounding 68 others, officials said.

Ashley: 'I stand with the fans because that's what I've always done'

Behind the beer-swilling image and desire to be seen as one of the lads, Mike Ashley is renowned for being a ruthless businessman, writes Michael Walker

Three killed on safari are named

Three of four Britons killed when a minibus crashed during a safari holiday in South Africa were identified last night by the Foreign Office.

Four Britons killed in bus crash on African safari

Four Britons have died in a minibus crash while on a safari holiday in South Africa, the Foreign Office said last night.

The Complete Guide to: Turkish shores

A dream location for explorers and history lovers, the coastal areas of Turkey are packed with ruins and idyllic beaches. Ben Crichton offers advice on making the most of your trip

Pandora: It's all Greek to Boris

It is a bold move, given the stiff relations between Greece and Turkey and Boris Johnson's Ottoman heritage (the Tory London mayoral candidate's great-grandfather, Ali Kemal – who came to Britain 98 years ago – was a Turkish journalist and, briefly, interior minister). Tonight, Bozza will take to the airwaves of London Greek Radio for 20 minutes to address the Mediterranean nation's estimated 400,000-strong British diaspora.

Demands for inquiry into Israeli shootings

A criminal investigation was demanded yesterday into whether the killing of four Palestinian militants in a Bethlehem street earlier this month was an "extra-judicial execution" in violation of a ruling by the Israeli Supreme Court.

The Complete Guide To: Zanzibar

The exotic name says it all: these islands off the east coast of Africa are a heady mix of coral beaches, weird wildlife, spicy history – and voodoo, says James Palmer

Winter sports: It's good to be back on the ski slopes

New year, new hobby? Try an old favourite again instead. Kate Simon had another go at skiing. She's glad she did...
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Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

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Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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