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Two cyclists who were killed in an alleged hit-and-run incident near Bristol have been named as a married couple.

Death of a snake-charmer stuns Israel

As Israel's most famous snake-charmer, Ya'acov Sela drew large audiences on television thanks to his deft handling of poisonous reptiles. But when his body turned up in a shallow grave in the Golan Heights at the end of last week, police found that he had not died from snake bite but had been shot to death with a pistol.

road test Peugeot 406

The ad campaign for the new Peugeot 406 might have been in for a bit of ridicule, but what of the car itself? The 406 is larger, tougher and more confident than the 405, which was the hot choice for the area sales manager in a hurry, because it was more fun to take through a series of corners than any of its rivals. You could almost forgive it for its rattles, squeaks and general fragility.

motoring: AUTO BIOGRAPHY: THE CITRON XANTIA

THE CITRON XANTIA 2.0 MULTIVALVE IN 0-60 SECONDS

Specifications Vauxhall Vectra

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THE MATERIAL WORLD / only pounds 634,500, car included

This is the most sought-after wing mirror in the world. It is made by Citroen, and is available from Citroen dealers for pounds 72.55. They cannot sell you a car to go with it, because the model for which it was made, the CX, went out of producti on in 1989. But you can buy a car with these wing mirrors: they are fitted to the McLaren F1 supercar, which costs pounds 634,500. If you want something cheaper, you'll find them on the Jaguar XJ220, the Aston Martin Vantage, the Lotus Esprit, the AC Ace , and the TVR Griffith and Chimaera.

pounds 6,000 will buy you

...a brand new Skoda. Or a BMW 7-series, a Jaguar XJS or a Porsche 944, second-hand. No contest, says James Ruppert (below), while (right) we test drive the Skoda Felicia

R O A D T E S T And the car's not bad either

John Simister is astonished at the Daewoo Espero's consumer-friendly sales package

Pilkington wins £500m GM deal

Pilkington's operation in America has won a £500m six-year contract to supply glass for a new generation of cars being built by General Motors, which yesterday reported record profits for the first quarter.

Vision for a one-eyed government

A House of Commons half-filled with women would be changed beyond recog nition `Emily's List women are given £1,000 each. For my candidacy I bought myself a 2 CV'

Duttons driven on by desert madness

Jeremy Hart reports from Zouerat, Mauritania, as a pair of British brot hers battle through the Paris-Dakar rally

RALLYING: Saby masters second stage

Bruno Saby, the 1993 winner, took the second stage of the Paris-Dakar rally over the rocky desert tracks of northern Morocco yesterday.

IT WAS A VERY BAD YEAR...

...particularly for those who failed to remember that the best laid sch emes of mice and men gang aft a-gley. Paul Sieveking chronicles the slaps in th e face dealt out by 1994. Illustration by Patrick Regout

Citroen eliminates body roll

A brilliant new suspension system which in effect eliminates body roll while cornering will be introduced by Citroen early next year, writes Mark Catterall.

Motoring: Turn back to the future - Years ahead of their time, big Citroens remain undervalued, says James Ruppert

In Britain, we have a soft spot for the minimalist Citroen 2CV. But the larger, technically sophisticated models have always given us the jitters. Eccentric, full of character? Yes. But a practical second-hand buy? Not according to most punters.
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?