Journalists inspect the new Mini Cooper during its official unveiling at BMW's plant at Cowley in Oxford, England

Bigger, better – British? BMW takes on a classic as latest incarnation of Mini is unveiled

Sean O’Grady charts its ageless appeal – and compares the new model to its illustrious (but less profitable) predecessors

Tom Hodgkinson: 'My current car cost us £350, but it is not £29,650 worse than a 30-grand car'

One of the downsides about spending more time in London is that you are surrounded by expensive cars. I suppose they belong to these oligarchs and super-rich Kuwaitis we keep hearing about, the ones who are buying all the houses in London and digging two basements under them. When I wander round the streets near us in Notting Hill, all I see are gigantic black Jeep-type things and low-slung black sports cars with black leather seats.

Sarah Palin, pictured here in 2011

Sarah Palin fears 'liberal' Pope Francis being influenced by the 'sneering media'

Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has said Pope Francis has “taken her aback” with his liberal interpretation of Christianity and has expressed fears he may be being influenced by the mainstream media.

Vandals cause £1m in damage to wealthy MP's estate

Attack allegedly occurred just hours after Mr Benyon was told he had been sacked as Government minister

Motoring review: Citroën C4 Picasso 1.6 e-HDi VTR+

Is the new Picasso evidence of a renaissance at Citroën?

Motoring ahead: PPI payouts fuel jump in sales of new cars

Car sales have roared to their highest level for more than five years as PPI mis-selling claims fuel a boom in consumer spending.

Les Hale, 100, one of Britain's centenarian car drivers, photographed at home in Lydbrook, Gloucestershire

Almost 200 centenarians still drive legally on UK roads - but are they safe?

There are 191 people aged 100 or over who are still legally allowed to drive on UK roads, according to figures published today.

Obama accused the Republicans of 'extortion'

Battle over Obamacare may trigger US government shutdown

Republican attempts to derail planned healthcare reforms could provoke financial meltdown

European car sales plunge

This year has seen the slowest car sales on record in Europe, with the UK being the only country where drivers bought more new motors than in 2012.

Conman ‘addicted’ to taking money from women he met on dating sites

A conman with an “addiction” to swindling money from vulnerable women on dating websites has been jailed for four years.

£100,000 Audi R8 driver held over death of woman after Birmingham crash

Two women in a Ford Fiesta were taken to hospital, but one was pronounced dead on arrival

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Our chief economic storyteller turns his talents to the big picture of recession – and recovery

10 years' jail for prolific sex attacker Nigel Turner who returned to comfort victim

33-year-old admitted subjecting girls as young as 16 to 'predatory and premeditated' attacks in Bristol

Chris Coleman remonstrates on the touchline with Gareth Bale as Wales take on Scotland

Transfer news: Wales boss Chris Coleman believes Gareth Bale is yet to reach his best ahead of potential Real Madrid move

Coleman has named Bale in the Wales squad to face the Republic of Ireland next week and insists he is 'only going to get better' regardless of if he stays in the Premier League

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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