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Apple's disappointing update this week sent shares in most of its suppliers tumbling, but smartphone parts maker Laird got City approval after its strategy update yesterday.

Opting for a Chevrolet Volt is an economic calculation potential buyers should take some time over

Chevrolet Volt

An electric car that (with a little help) goes the extra mile

Man jailed for stabbing wife's cat

A drunken man who stabbed his wife's cat to death out of spite during a row has been jailed.

Deborah Ross: Son, your pasta calendars were only ever average, if that

If you ask me: When I said Mummy and Daddy can't be watching you all the time, but Santa is, that was also a lie

The 10 Best outdoor speakers

It might not be worth risking them in the June drizzle, but when the sun's out this lot will brighten up your BBQ...

Adult playthings apparently go down a storm in the Hampshire town of Fleet

Matt Chorley: Welcome to Britain's sex toy capital

There's a buzz in Fleet – and it's not the coffee

Panasonic losses spiral to £3.4bn

Panasonic's January-March losses ballooned 10-fold to 438 billion yen (£3.4 billion), completing a year of record red ink at the Japanese electronics maker battered by natural disasters and an ailing TV business.

The water tower on an apartment block in Bow, east London, on which the
MoD are planning to station high-velocity counter-terrorism missiles

Londoners' fury at MoD plans to put Olympic missiles on roofs

Missile batteries will be placed on the top of residential flats in east London over the coming days as Britain's armed forces prepare to conduct a major trial of their Olympic defence systems.

Christopher Tappin released on bail

A retired British businessman who was extradited to the United States over arms dealing charges has been freed on bail.

The 10 Best budget laptops

1. Packard Bell Dot S

Deborah Ross: A student home for Easter? Check all the smoke alarms

If you ask me: It is very important you lend any university student your Oyster card so he can travel around London free
Mine's a double: US beer festival-goers have fun raising their glasses

Scientists solve the mystery of how beer goggles work

If you've ever had one too many and tumbled into bed with a vision, only to be greeted in the morning by a sight you'd gnaw off your own arm to escape, take heart. It won't make the memory any less painful, but you can take comfort from the fact that there is now academic underpinning for the effect known commonly as "beer goggles".

Life with Nissan LEAF

 

Extradited Briton in high-security Texas jail

The family of retired businessman Christopher Tappin are due to hear from him today for the first time since he was extradited to Texas on Friday to face charges that he tried to obtain missile parts to sell to Iran.

Saha scores on his full debut for Spurs against Newcastle

Louis Saha: Revitalised striker begins a new chapter

Tottenham striker is veteran of the game's ups and downs and felt compelled to write about his experiences – and those of managers, fans and even hooligans

Christopher Tappin claims he is a victim of entrapment on the part of the US authorities

British businessman Christopher Tappin's extradition appeal rejected

A retired British businessman will be extradited to the United States within 10 days after failing in his latest attempt to block the move, his lawyer said today.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness