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US surveillance is illegal, says Nieta

Mitsubishi's electric i-MiEV arrives in the UK

The first batch of Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars has arrived in the UK via Portbury Docks near Bristol. The 25 cars are destined for the West Midlands where they will be taking part in a government trial being carried out in cooperation with Coventry University.

The ten best large eco cars

Big cars will never be as green as the best small cars but some big cars are greener than others.

Toyota Prius wins Japan's Car of the Year Award

Toyota's new third-generation Prius hybrid has won the Japan Car of the Year prize. The award, timed to coincide with the Tokyo Motor Show, was made in recognition of the latest model's advances in performance and fuel economy.

Subaru to show off Hybrid Tourer concept at Tokyo

Another day another hybrid concept car from one of the Japanese manufacturers – this time it's Subaru's turn.

Suzuki to show new eco concepts

Suzuki will be showing two new eco concept vehicles at the forthcoming Tokyo Motor Show.

Google working on "smart" plug-in hybrid charging

Google is in the early stages of looking at ways to write software that would fully integrate plug-in hybrid vehicles to the power grid, minimize strain on the grid and help utilities manage vehicle charging load.

Volvo plans plug-in diesel hybrids for 2012

Volvo has said it wants to introduce plug-in hybrid cars from 2012.

Sean O'Grady: When there's no vroom, vroom, it makes it all seem a bit ho-hum

The trouble with electric cars is that they just don't feel right to drive. There's no involvement. No passion. No fun. Usually, they are ugly, slow and unsafe. And they will never emit the sonorous symphony of burbles and grunts of a proper V8. If you love cars, you will be disappointed. Leccy cars just, well, go sluggishly, silently and rather boringly. And not very far.

'The Cold War has ended, but we're still in that mode'

Yukio Hatoyama has ambitious plans for Japan's future, he tells David McNeill

Nissan reveals super-quiet, zero emission electric car

Nissan unveiled its super-quiet, zero emission electric car technology today, a key design for the company which has fallen behind in hybrid development.

John Healey: The homes of tomorrow, today

More than a quarter of Britain's carbon emissions come from our housing – they are leaking heat and energy and therefore money. They are contributing to the climate change threat.

Toyota Prius

This new Prius does more of what it says on the tin

The ultimate green car – but where do you fill it up?

The hydrogen-run vehicle unveiled yesterday promises a pollution-free future. But there is a bumpy road ahead

Hydrogen-powered car makes debut

A new lightweight hydrogen-powered car, capable of speeds up to 50mph, was shown off in London today.

Leading article: The political battleground turns a healthy green

The winner will need both effective policies and the ability to sell them
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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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