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The clientele of Richard Branson's luxury holiday base (dubbed Virgin Island) has gone down in the world of late with the likes of Harry Styles and Bay Watch star Hasselhof turning up

Philip H Gordon, right, is a respected senior member of the Obama administration

Obama administration warns Britain to stay in the European Union

Philip H Gordon says Britain risks damaging its relationship with America and being sidelined in the international community if it leaves the EU

New CEO at Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic has named Craig Kreeger, who has spent his entire career of almost 30 years at American Airlines, as its new chief executive.

Virgin swoops for BA chief

Virgin Atlantic today stepped up the pressure on British Airways when it poached an executive who worked on the flag bearer’s key transatlantic alliance to pilot its own future.

US air veteran Craig Kreeger joins Virgin Atlantic

The “Americanisation” of Sir Richard Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic continued today with the appointment of an experienced US aviation figure as the carrier's new chief executive.

One Direction's Harry Styles and and Taylor Swift 'split up'

One Direction's Harry Styles and US country music singer Taylor Swift have split following a bust-up in the Caribbean, according to reports.

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Charities give Clegg backing in call for overhaul of drug laws

The decriminalisation of some drugs appeared a more realistic prospect tonight after charities backed Nick Clegg’s call for a Royal Commission to review Britain’s 40-year-old laws on illegal substances.

Mexico says marijuana legalization could change anti-drug strategies

Drugs policy isn’t keeping up with the times

We're not stifling the supply, nor are "tough" policies dissuading drug users

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