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This is a tale of suffering, redemption and white vans. Late last year I needed to transport some furniture from our house in Sussex to my son's rooms in central London. I should have paid a man to do it for me, but foolishly confident in my driving ability, I decided to hire a van and drive it myself. It was a white Ford Transit 280 panel van, which if you've ever driven you'll know presents special challenges to the driver. It's long and wide and you can't see out of the back. You never really know how close you are to anything else on the road. Turning corners brings with it new surprises every time. Overtaking becomes an act of reckless abandon.

Swansea confident tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final will go ahead despite heavy snow

Chelsea to take on Swans in tough conditions in south Wales

Man attacked after pleading with youths not to throw snow balls

A man who was attacked after urging youths not to throw snowballs at toddlers and elderly pedestrians may be scarred for life, police have said.

Five men are due to appear in the special court this afternoon to face charges they raped and murdered a 23-year-old student aboard a moving bus in the capital last month.

Lawyer for two of the accused in the Delhi gang-rape trial says one man wasn't present and the other was hiding under a bus seat

Formal proceedings at a special fast-track court got underway with lawyers arguing over whether the case should be held in a closed court

Beyoncé had Austrian tabloids up in arms in 2009 after she was accused of sending someone who looked like her to visit the world-famous Albertina museum in Vienna

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Lance was doing the wrong drugs

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Belfast man who escaped Algeria kidnappers speaks of ordeal

The brother of Belfast man Stephen McFaul tonight told how he was hunted and eventually discovered by al-Qa'ida gunmen who took over a gas plant in Algeria.

HMV is set to enter administration, sources say

#HMVmemories records customer nostalgia as HMV enters administration

Once "top dog" on the high streets, entertainment chain HMV will soon be absent from them, as the record store today collapsed into administration. Some 4,000 jobs may be lost and nostalgic shoppers have set up the Twitter hashtag #HMVmemories to share their best and worst moments from the shop floor.

Delhi rape suspects have been beaten, says lawyer

Police badly beat the five suspects arrested in the brutal gang rape and killing of a young woman on a New Delhi bus, the lawyer for three of the men said today, accusing authorities of tampering with evidence in the case that has transfixed India.

A van carrying the five men accused of the gang rape arrives at a Delhi court yesterday

Hate and chaos greet India gang rape suspects at Delhi court

Andrew Buncombe sees the five men accused of student’s murder face a barrage of abuse as they arrive for Delhi hearing

India: Male friend of gang-rape victim breaks silence over murder

Witness alleged that he was ordered by police to say that they were doing a good job in the case

Outraged Indians have been demanding the death penalty for the six men

New Delhi bus gang-rape suspect may be too young for execution

Officials carried out a bone test today to confirm the age of a young suspect in custody over the fatal assault and gang rape of a woman on a bus in India’s capital, while prosecutors will seek the death penalty for five men arrested with him.

19 killed in attack on Shiites in Pakistan

A suicide bomber driving a vehicle packed with explosives rammed into a bus carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims in southwest Pakistan on Sunday, killing 19 people, a government official and eyewitnesses said.

13 killed in Nepal mountain bus plunge

A bus has veered off a mountain road and plunged into a river in western Nepal, killing at least 13 people and leaving 19 others critically injured.

Indians holds candles to condemn the brutal gang-rape of a woman

Delhi gang-rape victim flown to Singapore for specialist medical care

Indian government promised special inquiry after attack sparked widespread public anger

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