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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

Arms protesters clash with police at defence trade exhibition

ANTI ARMS trade demonstrators were involved in scuffles with police and one man was arrested yesterday after handcuffing himself under a minibus at the opening of a massive defence exhibition.

Troops `killed 24 in church'

INDONESIAN troops shot dead 24 Christians sheltering in a church on the island of Ambon on Wednesday during the latest Christian-Muslim violence,priests and aid workers said.

WORDS: MINI

THE ROYAL Academy has been staging a "mini exhibition" marking the International Year of Older Persons, I read in the Independent. The word mini is defined in the dictionaries as "very small", and everyone knows that small is beautiful, but I doubt whether its sponsors would have been too happy if the show had been described as "a very small exhibition". For mini has a cachet that its synonyms lack. There's a whiff of the chic about it, rather like the chic that used to attach to the word bijou until the estate agents took it up and made a laughing-stock of it.

Quick-witted woman stops runaway bus

A WOMAN who saw a runaway bus rolling down a hill managed to jump on board and bring it to a halt, saving it from ploughing into a school.

Detention for 14-year-old who killed three in crash

A TEENAGER who killed three people in a motorway crash when he was aged 14 was yesterday sentenced to four years' detention.

Teen death driver detained

A TEENAGER who killed three people in a motorway crash when he was 14 was sentenced to four years' detention yesterday.

How the Billy Boys and I beat the cistern

THE CRACK in the bathroom ceiling turned out not to be nothing, as I had maintained. It turned out to be a portent.

American Times: Washington - How Route 66 became the highway to hell

WASN'T DRIVING in America supposed to mean an empty Route 66 stretching to infinity, a cheery toot from the lone oncoming trucker and James Dean draping himself languidly across the dashboard of his convertible, one hand trailing out of the window, the other resting (loosely) on the steering wheel?

Girl dragged to death in bus door incident

A GIRL of 14 girl died after a cord on her coat caught in bus doors as it pulled away, police said last tonight.

15 hurt in school minibus crash

A TEENAGER was flown to hospital with serious head injuries yesterday after a school minibus overturned in a collision with a car on the Newbury bypass.

Wave of Kosovo killings continues

"EVERY DAY two or three Albanians are being killed in Kosovo," Ibrahim Rugova, the man most of the province's ethnic Albanian population consider their leader, complained yesterday. Even as he was speaking, however, there was news that the day's death toll would be much higher.

Schoolboy driver kills 3 in minibus

THREE SCHOOLBOYS illegally driving a Range Rover crashed across a motorway central reservation yesterday and killed three passengers in an oncoming minibus.

The Euro: In the City - Banks fear new computer errors

AS MOST people under 30 were staggering into bed in the early hours of New Year's Day, an army of technicians in the City of London was fuelling up with caffeine to face a 14-hour shift.

Traumatised police officer gets pounds 75,000

A POLICE sergeant who suffered psychiatric illness after witnessing the crash of a force minibus in which his fiancee was a passenger, was yesterday awarded pounds 75,000 agreed damages in settlement of his claim.
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?