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Hybrid embryo research given go-ahead by MPs

Ground-breaking new laws permitting the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos for research passed a crucial vote in the Commons last night after attempts to ban the technique were overwhelmingly rejected.

Fury as BAA looks to double profits at 'national disgrace' Heathrow

Ferrovial, owner of the embattled airport group BAA, has courted fresh controversy by publishing internal predictions that its profits at Heathrow will more than double within five years.

Joan Bakewell: The silent victims of the technology revolution

I do well by the railways of this country. I travel off peak, have a senior railcard and have the kind of life that allows me to book in advance. I have sometimes had such cheap ticket deals that I fully expected to be arrested by the ticket inspector for trying to cheat the system. No serious complaints there, then. But minor criticism, yes.

Janet Street-Porter: Shame on those who ganged up on Harriet

Harriet Harman made history yesterday. She became the first woman to take Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons for Labour, 30 years after Maggie stood at the dispatch box for the Tories. Shameful, really, that we've had to wait more than a decade since Blair made such a big fuss of his "babes".

The Sketch: Ruth Kelly was absent, just like Terminal 5's security

There was an Urgent Question on the T5 debacle. Oddly, David Davis came in (it's Theresa Villiers' pigeon). Not oddly, it being her pigeon, Ruth Kelly stayed away. "Where is she?" I asked the press officer. "In Durham, on a pre-arranged visit." But doing what, though? "I don't know. It was political, I'm from the department," the nice woman said.

BA 'not good enough' admits chief executive as T5 chaos continues

British Airways' chief executive, Willie Walsh, was forced to repeat apologies yesterday for the continuing disruption to flights from Heathrow Terminal 5.

Brown stands firm as Cardinal urges free vote on 'monstrous' Bill to allow human-animal embryos

Gordon Brown last night faced a direct challenge from the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales over his refusal to let Labour MPs vote with their conscience over laws on genetic research.

Murphy set to quit over vote on fertility Bill

Paul Murphy, the Welsh Secretary, may resign from the Cabinet over Gordon Brown's refusal to offer MPs a free vote over a new law to allow more experiments on embryos.

Editor-At-Large: Women are rarely welcome in the police chaps' club

Machismo is still the norm in the force, as Michael Todd's case shows. Even in trouble, he was still 'one of the boys'

Queen opens Heathrow's new terminal

The Queen officially opened the £4.3bn new Terminal 5 (T5) at Heathrow airport today, ending 15 years of planning and protest.

The green betrayal

Green lobby turns on Government over failure to curb air and road travel

Philip Hensher: A train company that turns passengers into victims

Competition in the railways has contrived to bring us institutions as atrocious as First Great Western

Protesters scale Parliament roof in anti-runway demo

Protesters sparked an embarrassing security alert at the House of Commons by staging a rooftop protest against the expansion of Heathrow airport.

'Poor performing' rail firm promises to do better

Long-suffering passengers using First Great Western rail services were offered some hope today as the company running the franchise pledged to improve its "poor performance".

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Bread from heaven

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

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Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before