Sport England coach Stuart Lancaster holds court at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, Surrey

'I met every player last week one-to-one and, as there were 35 of them, it was a long day'

Oil site blaze under control

A major blaze at a waste oil storage site was brought under control today after more than 60 firefighters worked through the night.

Choppy waters for shipping magnate

The knives are out for the man known in Norway as 'Big Wolf'. Sean Farrell looks at the story of his rise to riches – and infamy

Billionaires caught in Iran trade storm

Israel's Ofer brothers face a backlash at home and abroad over their business dealings

Lucky escape for crew as tanker jet crashes

Three crew members aboard a Boeing 707 tanker loaded with jet fuel escaped with only minor injuries when the aircraft skidded off the runway and exploded into flames at a Southern California Navy base, officials said.

Pirates captured aboard oil tanker

US commandos have captured four suspected pirates who boarded a Japanese-owned oil tanker off the coast of Oman.

Deborah Ross: Nothing hurts quite like empty nest syndrome

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Stephen Foley: EADS should have won the Air Force deal before: it should appeal this time

US Outlook: The saga of the US Air Force's effort to replace its fleet of mid-air refuelling tankers has had all the drama, cliffhangers and improbable plot twists of a prime-time soap opera. Let's hope that wasn't the last episode.

Boeing wins US tanker contract after 10-year saga

the aerospace giant Boeing was last night awarded a $30bn (£18bn) deal to replace the US air force's ageing fleet of mid-air refuelling tankers, dashing the hopes of European rival EADS that it could win its first major US defence contract.

Djibouti, By Elmore Leonard

To say that Elmore "Dutch" Leonard is a legend in the crime-fiction genre might understate the case. When the American master arrived at London's Savoy Hotel a couple of years ago to collect a lifetime achievement award, an assemblage of his writing peers hovered around the man, resisting the urge to touch his sleeve or kiss his distinctly non-Papal ring. Such genuflection is probably appropriate – and certainly understandable.

Video: Cocaine haul seized at sea

The French navy seized a record 3.6 tonnes of cocaine after they intercepted a Venezuelan tanker in the Caribbean Sea.

Somali pirates hijack tanker carrying £93m of oil

Somali pirates captured a Greek-flagged supertanker carrying an estimated $150m (£93m) worth of oil to the Gulf of Mexico yesterday, the second successful attack against an oil tanker by sea bandits in two days.

Malaysian navy foils hijack attempt off Oman

Malaysian navy commandos foiled an attempted hijacking of a Malaysian-owned ship by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, rescuing 23 crew members and detaining seven pirates, military officials said.

Tanker drivers to vote over industrial action

Thousands of tanker drivers are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions, it was announced today.

Level crossing crash lorry driver jailed

A driver who caused a train crash by ignoring a warning sign and driving a sewage tanker on to a level crossing was today jailed after a judge was told of a "culture of not following correct procedures".

Climate campaigners blockade oil refinery

Hundreds of climate campaigners blockaded an oil refinery yesterday.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links