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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

Independent Christmas Appeal

IN THIS year's Independent Christmas Appeal, we ask you to support three charities helping older people. To highlight their work we will be publishing a series of articles offering insight into the opportunities, difficulties and dangers of old age.

Pub footballers killed in crash

FIVE MEMBERS of a pub football team died and 13 other men were injured when their minibus and a lorry collided. The team, from the Stamford Arms, Groby, near Leicester, was heading for a night out when the crash happened in freezing fog, police said.

Four die in fog smash on A42

FOUR PEOPLE were killed and 15 injured last night when a minibus and a lorry collided in freezing fog.

The waiter who won't get out of bed for less than pounds 1,000 (and other ways to milk the Millennium)

There may be more than 12 months to go before midnight on 31 December 1999 but if you haven't already been invited to the party to end all parties, let's face it, you won't be. There is, however, an alternative to staying in, watching television and inventing resolutions for the next millennium. You could go to work.

Travel: Passage to India (no backpack required)

How about sleeping in a hotel with an early-morning elephant option, or lying on a Bounty Bar beach? John Laurenson has an ideal route

Days of peace in a quiet volcano

Spectacular Lake Atitlan in Guatemala is luring tourists after long years of war, writes Sasha Abramsky

Scottish imps reluctant to give a fence

The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills Flamingo pounds 9.99

Man remanded on crash charge

Man remanded on crash charge

Five die in minibus crash

Five die in minibus crash

The day 'the devil came to Omagh'

Ulster bombing: A father and a mother out with their children describe the horrific consequences of the blast

Bus driver hero tells of scenes straight from Hell

A BUS DRIVER who ferried some of the injured to hospital said last night that he would never forget their screams.

Couple survive gun robbery in Kenya

A HONEYMOON couple told yesterday how they escaped with their lives when they were hijacked on a Kenyan game reserve by armed bandits who threatened to kill them.

How do you live with the death of a child?

After the death of a child, how best can bereaved parents move on with their lives?

Merseyside maisonettes

Paul McCartney has come far since leaving 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool 8. Now it's open to the public.

Travel: Zero tolerance time

Want to party on public transport? Then catch the magic bus that's a clubbers' dream.
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Study to look at why some are more 'receptive' to such theories
Chinese web dissenters using coded language to dodge censorship filters and vent frustration at government

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The Beatles film Help, released 50 years ago, signalled the birth of the 'metrosexual' man

Help signalled birth of 'metrosexual' man

The Beatles' moptop haircuts and dandified fashion introduced a new style for the modern Englishman, says Martin King
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Hollywood's new diet trends

Has LA stolen New York's crown as the ultimate foodie trend-setter?
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Ashes 2015: Steven Finn goes from being unselectable to simply unplayable

Finn goes from being unselectable to simply unplayable

Middlesex bowler claims Ashes hat-trick of Clarke, Voges and Marsh
Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Atwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered: What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week

New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered

What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week
Oculus Rift and the lonely cartoon hedgehog who could become the first ever virtual reality movie star

The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
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Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

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