News A referendum will be held by the end of 2017 if the Conservatives win the next election

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

'Truth has won' as terror plotter's wife cleared

The family of the wife of a convicted bomb plotter said today "the truth has won" after she was cleared of failing to pass on information about a possible terrorist act.

James Moore: BA and unions need to stop

Outlook: They should take note that Ryanair has taken to calling itself "the world's favourite airline"

Over-the-limit transatlantic pilot walks free

An American pilot who turned up at Heathrow Airport to fly a transatlantic jet while over the alcohol limit avoided a jail sentence today.

Album: Among The Oak & Ash, Among the Oak & Ash (Verve Forecast)

Discovering a shared love of US folk idioms, solo performers Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr joined forces to create Among the Oak & Ash.

Transatlantic plane turned back in terror alert

A British Airways transatlantic flight had to return to London two hours into its journey because of a "data discrepancy" concerning an American passenger, it was revealed today.

Branson attacks US anti-trust move on BA tie-up

Virgin Atlantic president says British Airways' merger with American Airlines will 'stick two fingers up' at consumers

Leading article: A Green Paper that starts to ask the right questions

Whoever forms the next government, defence will be in the firing line

Last Night's Television: Mad Men, BBC4<br />Natural World, BBC2

When it comes to grown-up drama – rather than children's drama for grown-ups – America is unquestionably in the ascendancy right now. It's hard to think of any domestic equivalent for a show like Mad Men, which ignores the stock ensembles of the emergency room and the police station and allows its characters to retain a bit of opacity and mystery. Or one which would launch into its third series with a scene as oddly oblique as the opening minutes here. Don Draper, standing at a stovetop heating milk, sees a compressed vision of his own origins play out in his kitchen. He's born to a prostitute who curses his father as she dies in childbirth. "I'm going to cut his dick off and boil it in hog fat," she groans, and the woman who takes the baby and hands it over to a childless couple of ominous fury takes this as a cue for a christening: "His name is Dick.. after the wish his mother should have lived to see," she says darkly.

Leading article: Transatlantic confrontation

Like many an ambitious Briton, Jeremy Kyle is going to have a crack at America. The ITV daytime host and his production company will attempt to take his brand of "confrontation television" across the Atlantic.

America's long wait for haggis may be over

It has been banned in America since 1989 when authorities decided Britain's BSE outbreak was enough to rule the lungs of Scottish sheep off its menu.

Transatlantic row over air terror suspect

Gordon Brown and Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, moved yesterday to soothe a diplomatic row with the US over the sharing of intelligence on the Detroit plane bomb suspect.

High security means
low-level boredom

Could travellers to the USA be struck down by boredom?

Triplets: Three times the charm

She'd always longed for a baby. Then Cathy Koester gave birth to triplets. Now, she and her husband have swapped their carefree lifestyle for one of rigorous routines, military planning &ndash; and more fun than they'd ever thought possible

Transatlantic buggy wars

Maclaren says British children are safe in their push-chairs. So why have American parents been issued with safety kits?

Album: Joss Stone, Colour Me Free, (Virgin)

Lambasted for that transitory transatlantic accent and locked in a dispute with her record label that has seen this arrive with little fanfare, at 22 years old, Joss Stone is finally earning the soul chops she so desires.

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