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New sensor kit will allow drivers to get out their vehicle and active parking remotely through their smartphone

The awful tooth: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

American Pastor: Twilight is porn for teenage girls

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 raked home $340 million worldwide on its debut this weekend, but one man who won't be letting his daughters buy tickets for the sexy vampiric action flick is Mark Driscoll, an American pastor, who has written a blog calling the series a girls' version of "what porn is to teenage boys: sick, twisted, evil, dangerous, deceptive, and popular."

Hyundai i30 Tourer Style Nav 1.6 CRDI BLUE DRIVE - iDrive

'Hyundai is beating the Europeans at their own game'

Winter returns to Scotland

Gritting teams braced for action as cold weather snap looms

Road gritting and snow clearance teams are standing by to deal with the first onslaught of wintry weather as forecasters warn that temperatures are likely to plunge over the weekend.

A gritting truck is loaded with a stockpile of salt and molasses mixture used for road gritting at the Northern Highway Depot, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire

Grit expectations: drivers warned of winter's arrival

Road gritting and snow clearance teams are standing by to deal with the first onslaught of wintry weather.

Bubba Watson (right) hits a practice shot watched by US team-mate Matt Kuchar yesterday

Bubba Watson: A goof with Attention Deficit Disorder or USA's Ryder Cup hero?

The Masters champion is fiercely patriotic and prone to getting emotional, but, writes Paul Mahoney, the Floridian will get deadly serious this weekend

The Skoda Rapid is roomier than the previous-model Octavia but doesn't look overly bulky

Skoda Rapid 1.6 TDI 105 Elegance

Is Skoda's latest family car, the Rapid, up to speed?

Album: Ry Cooder, Election Special (Nonesuch)

With Election Special, Ry Cooder extends the outraged political perspective of last year’s outstanding Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down into election year, with another set of what he called that album’s “simple tools for citizens under siege”.

Ball of Confusion By Johnny Ball

Say you have a bag with either a white counter or a black counter in it, but you don't know which. Then you drop a white counter into the bag. Shake it up and remove one counter. It's white. What are the odds that the remaining counter is also white? If you enjoy puzzles like this, then Ball's collection of number games and logical conundrums is for you.

Skoda shows first pictures of new Rapid

Skoda has released the first official pictures of the Rapid, a new model that slots into its range between the Fabia and the Octavia.

Chevrolet announces new small SUV

Chevrolet has released a picture of its forthcoming new small SUV, the Trax, which is expected to be seen in the metal for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in September.

Chevrolet Cruze 1.7 VCDi

Engine: 1.7-litre four-cylinder diesel, turbocharged
Power: 130 PS at 4,000rpm
Torque: 300 Nm between 2,000 and 2,500 rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 62.7mpg
CO2 emissions: 117g/km
Top speed: 124mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 9.4 seconds
Price: from £16,725

The end of popcorn economics

Cinemas are suffering as cash-strapped movie fans watch their pennies

Hunt is on for meteor 'treasure'

The sight of this meteor shooting across the night sky sparked fears that a passenger jet was about to crash – then triggered a treasure hunt.

A 1980 photograph of Azaria Chamberlain

Australia's fourth inquest opens in Azaria Chamberlain dingo case

A coroner today opened Australia's fourth inquest into the most notorious and bitterly controversial legal drama in the nation's history: the 1980 death of a nine-week-old baby whose parents say was taken by a dingo from her tent in the Australian Outback.

Lacks performance and character: the new Hyundai i40 Tourer

Hyundai i40 Tourer 1.7 CRDi Premium

Price: £24,395
Engine capacity: 1.7 turbo diesel
Top speed (mph): 124
0-62 mph (seconds): 10.6
Fuel economy (mpg): 55.4
CO2 emissions (g/km): 134

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
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Vietnam
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South Africa
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'