1,000 new jobs at Jaguar Land Rover

Car giant Jaguar Land Rover brought some welcome good news to the economy today by announcing 1,000 new jobs as part of its drive to boost production over the next five years.

Barbie meets Bob as Mattel seals $680m deal

Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine have made new friends with Barbie after Mattel, the world's biggest toy-maker, acquired Hit Entertainment for $680m (£427m) in cash.

Ask the Traveller: Atol scheme

Good question, which touches upon the tangle of legislation – and the many loopholes – of consumer protection for air travellers. Bear with me as I explain your rights.

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