News Over a thousand protesters drove gathered to show their dissatisfaction with Manila administrator's decisions

Local government legislation is seeking to curtail many of the rights enjoyed by motorcyclists

M5 death toll remains at seven

The death toll from one of the worst British motorway crashes in memory remained at seven today as police said their "worst fears have not been realised".

Police fear more victims as seven confirmed dead in massive fireball

Flames force back motorists trying to help victims.

Paymasters Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch and his son James last year

Mystery of £1.7m payout for Rebekah Brooks

James Murdoch to face fresh questions from MPs on deal with former executive.

One for the road: A starter car for the first-time buyer

Emily Stephens is 22 and wants to buy her first car. She is baffled by the situation and doesn't understand the difference between makes, models and engine sizes. All she knows is that she wants an economical car that will be good value. Though she has £8,000 to spend, Emily would prefer to spend below £5,000.

Peak power: It's best to keep Race mode for open spaces

Ferrari 458 Spider

Ferrari's new 458 is a blast – not least in the noise department

Downton die-hards: Do you know your Countess of Grantham from your Lady Mary Crawley?

The great Downton Abbey quiz

As millions tune in tonight to the last episode of the current series – don’t worry, they’re back next year! – The IoS invites you to form teams and get your fingers on the buzzer for our mammoth quiz.

Lord Mayor promotes UK start-ups abroad

The Lord Mayor of the City of London has helped UK-based business start-ups expand into Brazil and Kenya.

Body found in hunt for abducted man

A body has been found by gardai searching for a man abducted more than two weeks ago.

October's new car sales move into top gear

New car sales roared ahead last month, according to official figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Setting new standards: The new B-Class has been utterly transformed

Mercedes-Benz B180

Suspended sentence for nanny thief

A nanny who stole more than £6,000 from an heiress has avoided an immediate jail sentence.

BMW X3 30D M Sport

A bulky-looking SUV that drives like a sports car

HR Owen in the slow lane as the rich show caution

The darkening economic picture appears to have triggered caution among the super-rich, with the luxury car retailer HR Owen reporting a slump in demand for high-end vehicles in recent weeks.

HR Owen issues profits warning as high-end car sales slump

The darkening economic picture appears to have triggered some caution among the super-rich, with the luxury car retailer HR Owen reporting a slump in demand for high-end vehicles in recent weeks.

The Week Ahead: Unseasonal weather takes toll on high street stores

While the recent Indian summer is beginning to seem like a distant memory, the retailers are just starting to count the cost. The surprisingly high temperatures caught the high street unaware, with shoppers not too keen on stocking up their winter wardrobe with scarves and woolly jumpers. Therefore, investors will be holding their breath when Next unveils its third-quarter update on Wednesday, coming as it does ahead of figures from a number of its peers in the world of clothing retail.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there