The end of the line for GNER

The Government was last night accused of putting money before passengers after rail firm GNER lost its franchise to run the East Coast Main Line.

Move to boost skills

Moves to radically improve workers' skills to boost the UK's competitiveness are expected to be outlined in an official report this week.

Willy Poole column

The forest was at its autumn best with shades of brown, green and gold, with the November sunshine slanting through the branches.

Jobs to go at GNER as hard times hit owner

The owner of East Coast rail operator GNER said yesterday there may be job losses in the business.

Master of thriller

Frederick Forsyth is the author responsible for such classics as The Day Of The Jackal, The Dogs Of War and The Odessa File, so it's a sure-fire bet that any book written by him will be worth a look.

Pizza chain plans growth

The owner of Pizza Express said today it planned to open up to 30 new restaurants in the coming year after seeing sales and profits rise.

In the know

If you knew your health was at risk, would you take preventative measures to reduce the risk or hope for the best?

End of the line for GNER?

Debt laden GNER owner Sea Containers has denied making a threat to abandon its East Coast Main Line rail business.

Showdown talks

Debt laden GNER owner Sea Containers has denied making a threat to abandon its East Coast Main Line rail business.

North train operator has hit the financial buffers

Its parent company is struggling under a mountain of debt and a triple whammy of lower ticket sales, higher energy prices and increased competition is now putting GNER in trouble.

Rumoured GNER takeover

North train operator GNER is thought to be a takeover target for one of its UK competitors as it struggles with a financial crisis.

Fresh terror plots highly likely – Reid

Home Secretary John Reid warned yesterday that fresh attacks on the UK were "highly likely" as he revealed that police were investigating around two dozen major terror plots.

Service remembers terror attack victims

Grieving families and those injured in the terror attacks of a year ago were joined by the Prime Minister last night for a national service of remembrance.

Mixed emotions as tributes paid to 52

The nation fell silent yesterday to remember the victims of the July 7 London bombings, one year after the suicide attacks that killed 52 innocent people.

A thoughtful silence descends

Shoppers, workers and politicians in the North-East came to a standstill yesterday as they joined millions of people around the country in observing a two-minute silence in memory of the 7/7 bombings.

There were so many of us

The horror of last July in London was brought back to life for North-East bomb blast survivor Lisa French yesterday as she returned to the capital to join millions in remembering the outrage.

Help group is to be set up in the North

Survivor Lisa French is set to help establish a support group in the North for people affected by the 7/7 atrocities.

Bomber tape sparks fury

Bereaved relatives and survivors of the July 7 attacks reacted angrily last night after a suicide video from one of the four London bombers was released on the eve of the first anniversary.

Blair challenges Muslim leaders

Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday challenged moderate Muslim leaders to speak out more against extremists within their communities.

Marathon turn-off

A runner who won one of the most gruelling marathons in the world was disqualified after taking a wrong turn a mile from the finish line, it emerged yesterday.

Optimism that Marks has recovered spark

The recovery hopes of a clutch of retail stocks will be put to the test this week, with Marks & Spencer and WH Smith among firms hoping to prove they have the right strategy to overcome the current slowdown on the high street.

C&W warning

Telecoms firm Cable & Wireless warned it would walk away from a proposed deal for Energis if it is rejected by the owners of its smaller rival.

Bomb suspect held after stun-gun raid

A suspected would-be suicide bomber was captured in a dramatic armed raid by police and MI5 yesterday.

Khan pledges to use place in limelight

Amir Khan took less than two minutes to beat David Bailey on his professional debut on Saturday night before a bomb scare forced the evacuation of the Bolton Arena and brought his achievement into sharp perspective.

£30bn aid `will lift shadow of terror'

A £30bn aid package for Africa agreed by the G8 last night will "lift the shadow of terrorism", Tony Blair said.


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