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The News Matrix: Friday 7 December 2012

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Singapore Airlines set to sell off its slice of Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic could see a bidding war erupt over the 49% stake not owned by its billionaire founder Sir Richard Branson, after current owner Singapore Airlines said it was “in discussions with interested parties” about a sale.

Over Africa: Fastjet begins flying this week

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The man who pays his way

Sir Richard Branson completes a kitesurf across the Channel

Branson leads the kitesurfers' revolt as Olympic chiefs reverse course to leave sport out of Rio

Sailing's governing body reverses decision to replace windsurfing after international outcry

Lost in the flood: superstorm Sandy's impact on lower Manhattan

New York flights from UK return to normal

UK airlines were able to offer near-normal services to storm-lashed New York today.

Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin

Anyone but Branson? Mails trawled for evidence of 'anti-Virgin' bias over rail franchise

Thousands of internal Department of Transport emails are to be trawled for evidence that civil servants wanted to hand the lucrative London to Scotland West Coast train service “to anyone but Branson”.

Stagecoach's rail revenues leap

The Government's rail franchising shambles may be dragging on, but back at the tracks Stagecoach yesterday enjoyed an 8 per cent rise in revenues at its rail division, which includes South West Trains, in the four months to October.

A man reviews the arrival flights at Dulles International Airport as the end of Hurricane Sandy rolls through the Washington, DC area

For travellers, Sandy's aggravation spans globe

Superstorm Sandy has grounded more than 15,000 flights across the Northeast and the globe, and it could be days before some passengers can get where they're going.

Virgin Trains is expected to be given an extension to its West Coast Main Line franchise

Civil servants 'bungled West Coast rail deal', MPs told

Civil servants committed an "accumulation of significant errors" that led to the collapse of the handover of the West Coast rail franchise, an independent inquiry has found.

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