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.

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.

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.

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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VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

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