Brodie Clark quit as the head of the UK Border Force on Tuesday

May faces accuser as scale of border breach revealed

Pressure was mounting on the Home Secretary, Theresa May, last night after private memos emerged which showed that full biometric checks were waived hundreds of times over the summer as border staff struggled to cope with queues at ports and airports.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary cannot say how many
checks were not done

Private jets and flights at 28 airports were let off border checks

Theresa May suffered a fresh setback last night over Britain's chaotic frontier controls after leaked documents disclosed that passengers on private jets have for months routinely been allowed into Britain without passport checks.

Border Agency inquiry launched

Theresa May launched an independent inquiry last night into claims that the UK Border Agency dropped some passport checks to cut queues.

Borders chief suspended amid security concerns

The UK Border Force's chief has been suspended after an allegation staff were told to ease up on immigration checks.

Strauss-Kahn gets his passport back

Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been given back his passport by prosecutors who dropped a high-profile sexual-assault case against him.

Death squad Peruvian gets 12 months

A Peruvian allegedly linked to paramilitary death squads who tortured and killed civilians in the South American country in the 1980s and 1990s has been jailed for 12 months.

Are we there yet?: Cheap family holidays

Think you've left it too late to book your summer family holiday? Don't panic: just for once, things could go your way. A combination of factors (the small matter of an economic recession, not the least of them) has left many holiday companies scrabbling to fill their capacity – yes, even in August. It may not be great news for them, but it means you can scoop up a host of jolly deals for your brood.

Insider-dealing charges for former Mizuho banker

A former Mizuho investment banker and two associates have been charged with insider dealing by the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

Travellers warned that one-day passport renewal takes 10 days

Travellers who realise their passport has expired only days before their intended departure abroad could find their summer holiday plans wrecked. The "premium one-day service" that the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) offers is so stretched that the wait for appointments at the London office can stretch to a week or more.

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Simon Calder's holiday checklist: A&E for your summer break

Too busy to plan your holiday properly? Here is the information you need to try to rescue your trip, and restore your credibility.

Warning of 'lone terrorist' threat

Small-scale attacks featuring "self-starter" terrorists are becoming the new modus operandi of jihadists, according to intelligence specialists.

Haitian president's choice for PM is vetoed

Members of Haiti's parliament have rejected President Michel Martelly's choice for the next prime minister, plunging the country into political uncertainty as a new government struggles to get its footing.

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