F1: GP officials confident

Turkish Grand Prix officials are confident of staging next year's race - despite being handed the largest fine in motorsport history.

Military coup

Thailand's stock market, banks and schools will close today following a military coup that ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday.

Funding hitch pulls the plug on water filter

A clean water process pioneered in the North-East which could save thousands of lives has failed to get off the ground due to lack of funding.

New mercy mission for Eileen

A lecturer from the North is notching up thousands more miles to an increasingly global CV after landing projects in Pakistan and Armenia.

In my view

Protecting human rights in countries around the world can be the matter of a few simple actions.

Iran draws line

Iran is prepared to negotiate on its nuclear programme but will not halt uranium enrichment ahead of talks, UN chief Kofi Annan said yesterday after meeting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Plane fire in Iran kills 29

An iranian passenger plane skidded off the runway, sparking a fire as it landed in the north-eastern city of Mashhad yesterday, killing 29 people.

The going is not as easy as it seems

You recently reported the claims of villagers that they were going to be left without a bus service because the Go-Ahead Group was withdrawing the 684 Newcastle/Ovington service (The Journal, Aug 21).

Iran offer `falls short'

The United States said yesterday an offer by Iran to hold negotiations on its nuclear weapons, but not to halt enriching uranium, falls short of UN demands.

Impressive returns from new portfolio

A message from Jon Maguire, CEO of Cru Investment Management.

Hezbollah leader killed

Israeli forces killed a senior Hezbollah leader just before the UN cease-fire took effect, the army said late yesterday.

Waiting game as oil prices go up, then down

The price of oil was pushed higher by the conflict in the Middle East and by a warning from BP that it was prepared to close Prudhoe Bay, the biggest production field in the US.

Photo ban makes sense

Regular readers will know my hatred of political correctness. I think a lot of it flies in the face of common sense.

Light amid the tragedy

I can hardly bear to look at televisual or print images of what is happening to the young and the old in Lebanon and Israel while the supposed-to-be mighty UN contemplates its navel.

Aid to be stepped up

Britain yesterday promised to step up relief efforts to the Lebanon as a month of bitter fighting finally gave way to an uneasy ceasefire.

No sign of conflict slowing down

Hopes for a swift end to the violence in the Lebanon hung in the balance last night as fierce fighting raged on, just hours before the deadline for an agreed ceasefire.

Peace hopes rise as Israel accepts deal

Israel last night said it accepted an emerging ceasefire deal, paving the way to an end to the bloodshed in the Middle East.

Mid-East crisis deepens as diplomats struggle for peace

Violence was yesterday stepped up by both sides in the Middle East conflict, as diplomats in New York tried to reach agreement on a United Nations Security Council resolution to stop the fighting.

Iran's nuclear defiance

Iran yesterday vowed to expand - not suspend - uranium enrichment activities in defiance of a UN Security Council resolution giving the Islamic Republic until August 31 to halt nuclear activities or face the threat of political and economic sanctions.

Blair delays holiday for crucial UN talks

Tony Blair yesterday put his holiday plans on hold as negotiations on a United Nations resolution to end hostilities in the Middle East reached a crucial stage.

Blair sets scene for an early ceasefire

Tony Blair yesterday held out the prospect of a United Nations resolution on a Lebanon ceasefire "within days" as he sought to placate his critics within the Government and on the Labour back benches.

Blair in move for urgent ceasefire

Tony Blair was pressing on "hell for leather" yesterday with attempts to secure a United Nations resolution for a ceasefire in the Middle East, his spokesman said.

Four die as Israeli missiles hit refugees

Mideast diplomats last night urged Syria to stop backing Hezbollah in a bid to end the warfare in Lebanon, but the violence was undiminished, with Israeli missiles striking a convoy of fleeing Lebanese, killing four people, including a journalist.

Navy ready for Dunkirk-style evacuation

Royal Navy warships were arriving off the coast of Lebanon last night for what could be the biggest evacuation carried out by British forces since Dunkirk, MPs heard.

Half of G8 fail climate test

The world's richest nations still have some way to go to show collective leadership on climate change, a top scientist said yesterday.

Korea missile tests raise tension

Britain yesterday joined the international chorus of condemnation of North Korea's missile tests, warning that the trials risked inflaming international tensions.

Ghastly tennis match of conflict

Last week I found myself thinking again and again of the young Israeli soldier, terrified and alone in the hands of his captors.

Troubled country descends into chaos

Lidia Tindle, a vociferous campaigner, first travelled to the country in 2002 when it was peaceful.

Kalashnikov in gun call

The inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle has backed an international effort to win tighter controls on guns.

Students help out in bid to revive urban river

Students helped to revive an urban river which was in danger of becoming an eyesore yesterday.

Workman stabbed

A council worker was stabbed when he confronted two teenagers who were smashing bottles in a beauty spot, police said yesterday.

Tehran stands firm

Iran warned yesterday that it would not take UN actions against it lying down - nor would it give up its research-scale enrichment of uranium.

Defence chief dismisses `targets' jibe over Afghanistan

The benefits of deploying 3,300 British troops to southern Afghanistan will "far outweigh the dangers", Defence Secretary John Reid said yesterday.

Face woman `doing well'

One of the French doctors who conducted the world's first partial face transplant yesterday said the 38-year-old patient is "perfect," in good psychological condition and doing well medically.

Gary Glitter questioned

Disgraced Seventies rock star Gary Glitter is being questioned by Vietnamese authorities over allegations of "obscene acts with a child".

Police warn on vehicles

ANTI-social drivers in the Scottish Borders could have their vehicles seized by police under new legislation.

Accolade for law professor

North-East law lecturer Alan Reed will be referred to by lawyers from across the United States.

The issue is protection of those who do not smoke

May i as a committed non-smoker be allowed to respond to the letter from LG Edgar (Letters, The Journal, October 25).

Government accused

Actress and human rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave accused the Government yesterday of showing "contempt" for the United Nations and international law.

Proven right to sanctuary

This week, on television, I saw children weeping in front of a United Nations envoy because they had not been able to get their invalid mother out of her home before Mugabe's bulldozers razed it to the ground.


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Culture Editor
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Business Editor
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Newcastle United Editor
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Sports Writer