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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
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