Kate Kelland

Snow closes Europe’s airports, schools, offices

Heavy snow disrupted air and rail travel in northern Europe on Monday, halting flights at Heathrow and bringing traffic in London to a standstill.

New map aims to help battle for Arctic territories

British researchers on Wednesday unveiled what they billed as the first authoritative map to highlight disputed territories in the Arctic.

More home-grown veg as British, US belts tighten

Almost 70 years after Britons were urged to Dig For Victory to produce hearty home-grown food to help the war effort, domestic horticulture is coming back.

Shock gardening troops attack urban eyesores

They work under the cover of night, armed with seed bombs, chemical weapons and pitchforks. Their tactics are anarchistic, their attitude revolutionary. Their aim: to beautify. An army of self-styled Guerrilla Gardeners is growing across the world, fighting to transform urban wastelands into horticultural havens.

UK to claim a million square kilometres of Antarctica

Britain plans to submit a claim to the United Nations to extend its Antarctic territory by a million square kilometres, the foreign office said on Wednesday. The claim is one of five territorial requests planned by the Britain ahead of a May 2009 deadline and covers a vast area of the seabed around British Antarctica.

Foot and mouth outbreak spreads to second UK farm

A second herd of cattle in southern Britain has contracted foot and mouth disease, raising fears that the highly damaging animal virus is spreading. Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said culling of animals had already begun at the farm, which was within a 10km radius zone set up around a farm where foot and mouth cases were first found last week.

British police hunt more suspects

British anti-terror detectives were hunting on Monday for more members of a suspected militant cell who rammed a burning jeep into a Scottish airport and tried to detonate two car bombs in central London. Cars and other vehicles were banned from directly approaching airports and security measures were stepped up across the country.

Building a future for Heathrow’s lost children

Six years after he fled war in Kosovo and arrived alone in Britain, Ricky says he hates sleep. When he closes his eyes, the young ethnic Albanian is thrown back to terrifying memories of police cells, beatings and torture. Ricky's story echoes those of many residents of a children's asylum-seeker hostel in Hillingdon in west London.

Ex-Russian spy may have ingested radioactive poison

A former Russian spy fighting for his life in a British hospital may have been given poison laced with a radioactive substance to render it more lethal, the toxicologist treating him said on Tuesday. Russia has dismissed as ''nonsense'' claims its agents poisoned former spy Alexander Litvinenko (41), a persistent critic of President Vladimir Putin.

Reports: Blair to be replaced within a year

Tony Blair will be replaced as British Prime Minister by the end of July 2007, newspapers reported on Wednesday, signalling the start of a leadership battle that some fear may paralyse government for months. Finance Minister Gordon Brown is widely expected to succeed Blair as leader of the Labour Party and the country.

Iran’s Mideast influence boosted by ‘war on terror’

Iran's standing in the Middle East has been bolstered by United States President George Bush's ''war on terror'' and its power will continue to grow unless stability is restored to its neighbours, a top think tank said on Tuesday. Seeing a regional political void opening, Iran had moved swiftly to fill it, it said, and now has a level of influence which cannot be ignored.

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