Britain today: Flybe pilots threaten action over pensions

MORE than 700 pilots at airline Flybe have threatened industrial action over pay, pensions and working patterns, a week before the company is set to launch its stock market flotation.Pilots' union Balpa said a pay claim submitted in February had been ignored, as had concerns over flying schedules.

MPs to probe football debt

MPs are to investigate whether there is too much debt at professional clubs as part of a new inquiry into the running of football.

The inquiry by the Culture, Media and Sport select committee will also look into whether there is any need for the Government to intervene in the running of the game.

Lawyers to fight for Wikileaks boss' freedom

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THE legal team of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said they would make a second bid to regain his freedom when he appears in court again next Tuesday.

Yesterday the 39-year-old was remanded in custody after appearing before a judge over claims that he sexually assaulted two women.

Gavin MacFadyen, director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, said the turn of events constituted a "serious assault on whistle-blowing journalism".

Vacuum advert banned

An advert for a Bosch vacuum cleaner that claimed to offer "100% performance with 50% less energy" has been banned for being misleading.

The claims appeared in a catalogue.

Dyson Ltd complained to the Advertising Standards Authority that the advert was misleading because its energy claims could not be substantiated.

Louis predicts Mary success

Louis Walsh has revealed he will mastermind an album for X Factor reject Mary Byrne and predicted: "I see a great future."

Dublin singer Byrne, 50, was kicked out of the show by judges at the weekend, controversially missing out on a place in the final.

South Yorkshire: A police investigation has begun after the body of a 12-year-old boy was found hanging in a house.

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Police said the boy was found at an undisclosed address in Edlington, near Doncaster.

Southampton: A pet owner who dumped a blind baby guinea pig with a sign asking the finder to look after it is being sought today by the RSPCA.

The animal was left inside a cardboard box in a carrier bag on top of a wheelie bin and was about to be thrown into a rubbish lorry when a householder checked inside.