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Post Office axes thousands The Post Office, rebranded as Consignia, revealed its intentions to axe 30,000 jobs, in one of the largest redundancy plans in years. Unions are threatening strikes against a cull of nearly a fifth of the workforce.

The battle of Tora Bora More than a week of intensive bombing forced the remaining fighters loyal to al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to abandon their caves and bunkers in the mountainous region of Tora Bora near the border with Pakistan. But there was no sign of Osama Bin Laden.

Race riot report A report by a committee chaired by Nottingham council's chief executive, Ted Cantle, into last summer's race riots in the north of England emphasised the self-imposed segregation of Asian communities, who "live parallel lives". So much for multiculturalism.

First terror suspect charged by US Zacarias Moussaoui, a Frenchman of Moroccan extraction, was charged with conspiracy to commit mass murder on 11 September. He aroused suspicion at his flight school by wanting to learn to fly only in a straight line, and not take off or land. More than 260 suspects remain in custody.

Turner Prize With an "installation" involving an empty room with a light that switches on, then off, then on again, the 33-year-old Yorkshireman Martin Creed, who claimed his art is based around "nothing", won this year's Turner Prize.

Chicken isn't chicken An inquiry by the Food Standards Agency found that more than a quarter of chicken meals sold by restaurants and takeaways in Britain were artificially pumped up with a mixture of water, animal protein and chemicals. Some samples were even found to contain pork.

Nation of loners The proportion of people living alone has almost doubled, to 32 per cent, in the past three decades, according to a new survey, while the number of families in which parents live apart from each other rose to 26 per cent.

Plane-spotters to be bailed The 12 British plane-spotters held on spying charges in Greece are to be freed upon payment of five million drachmas (£9,000) bail money each. They will be expected to return to Athens at a later date to face a lesser charge of collecting illegal information.

Time off for football John Edmonds, general secretary of the GMB, called on companies to give workers a half-day holiday to watch England and Republic of Ireland matches played in the morning during next summer's World Cup.

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