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Sir Nicholas Macpherson is accused of trying to scare the public into a Yes vote in an EU referendum

Passengers may be free to take liquids on planes by April

The ban on carrying liquids in hand luggage on aircraft is to be eased, the Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, said yesterday. The restrictions could be phased out with the first moves coming as early as April, he said.

Blue Index case sees charges filed in US

Financial watchdogs in America last night brought charges against two people alleged to be involved in a transatlantic insider trading ring.

Argos sues Maersk for £8m over price rise on goods from Asia

High-street chain accuses shipping giant of reneging on contract and boosting container costs threefold

Premium-class air travel soars

The number of people buying premium flights rose again in June as the economic recovery kept first-class and business-class seats filled.

Album: Incognito, Transatlantic RPM (Dome)

Thirty years old and still going strong, Incognito is the UK's own Earth, Wind & Fire, a national treasure whose founder Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick deserves a knighthood.

Terror plot trio sentenced to life in prison

Three men were today sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of plotting to kill hundreds of people in a terrorist attack.

Leading article: Ten years on, the benefits of decoding the human genome still lie ahead

It is hard now to rekindle the universal sense of excitement generated by the decoding of the human genome.

Leading article: Mr Cameron deserves credit for keeping calm in a transatlantic storm

The Prime Minister faces calls to mount a robust public defence of BP in the face of ever sharper condemnation from Washington. His critics say that Britain's honour has been impugned, not least by the disparaging rhetoric coming from President Obama and his outdated references to "British Petroleum". They are urging Mr Cameron to hit back in kind. We disagree.

Transatlantic spat sees BP shares plunge 7%

BP's share price plunged a further 7% today as a transatlantic spat broke out over the ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

LSE plans push into derivatives

The London Stock Exchange said it will take on Europe's two dominant derivatives exchanges within a year, to broaden its footprint beyond its traditional share trading base.

The special relationship that keeps on making sweet music

British bands used to excel at the absorption of American influences, but have US bands now begun to reverse the process? Andy Gill explores how these transatlantic exchanges continue to drive and define rock'n'roll

Guichard sets pace in Extreme Sailing Series

In a fast and furious start to the Extreme Sailing Series it was Frenchman Yann Guichard, second overall last season, who set the early pace in Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, but pushed by the man who was ninth in 2009, Britain's Mike Golding.

BA's dream of US alliance to take off at last

Willy Walsh is under seige, but his proposed deal with American Airlines will soon get the go-ahead

Stephen Foley: Continental merger with United finally flies

US Outlook: Barring an unforeseen hiccup, the world will have a new No 1 airline come Monday morning. Finally, some good news for airline shareholders.

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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The wars that come back to haunt us

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