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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

In Bruges: indulge at the De Tuilerieen hotel

Deals of the week

Under £200... Celebrate New Year's Eve in style

BA has a range of deals on two-night breaks over New Year's Eve, departing from Heathrow. On 31 December, there's a stay at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin for £194pp. Or, hop across to Brussels, where a stay at the Floris Avenue Hotel on 30 December is £197pp. ba.com

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: The final word on HS2 (plus about 20 million others, too)

It makes Gibbon’s six-volume Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire look like a postcard. The weight of the printed version is likely to be equivalent to that of a Toyota Aygo car.

HS2 Bill: Parliament gets first glimpse of high speed rail ‘planning application’ as MPs are warned to keep costs down

Supporters hope detailed plans will convince reticent backbenchers to get behind the project

The News Matrix: Saturday 23 November 2013

Wives ask Russia to send husbands home

Network Rail beefs up investment but more trains are late as net debt increases to £30.6bn

Network Rail faces a penalty after missing its train performance targets

Anglesey man died after freak accident with wine glass severed artery in his leg

The coroner said it was believed John Fozard was emptying the bin when the broken glass tore through the thin material of the bin bag and cut him

Google to remove Maps image showing murdered 14-year-old

Californian resident Jose Barrera complained to the search giant after finding satellite imagery that showed the image of his murdered son

A leaked email from one of Ed Miliband's closest aides described as a 'nightmare' working with Ed Balls on economic policy

What leaked email from Miliband aide describing 'nightmare' of working with Ed Balls means for future of Labour party

Andrew Grice reports on a rocky relationship and asks how much it will influence the next election

Boris Johnson says super-rich are ‘put-upon minority’ like homeless people and Irish travellers

Mayor says wealthiest should get automatic knighthoods and “our humble thanks”, in comments deemed “deeply offensive” by London Assembly's Labour group

A train crashed into a mini bus and two other vehicles south of Cairo, Egypt leaving at least 24 people dead

Egypt train crash: At least 24 dead as cargo train slams into wedding mini bus

A further 28 were injured after three vehicles were hit at a crossing

From Aberdeen to Athens on one train ticket

Whether you want to travel from Aberdeen to Athens, Rhyl to Rome or Swansea to Sarajevo it is now possible for the first time to buy train tickets direct from UK stations to thousands of destinations on the Continent.

Drive time: a classic car in Havana

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Victims of the implant scandal arriving for the start of the trial of Jean-Claude Mas for fraud in Marseilles earlier this year

Breast implants ruling in PIP scandal could lead to compensation for 400,000 women

Ruling opens the way to millions in compensation claims

Speeding train kills at least seven elephants and injures 10 others in India

Wildlife campaigners say trains must have speed restricted in renowned West Bengal elephant corridor

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