News Michael Schumacher gives the thumbs up after qualifying first in Monaco

Sabine Kehm confirms that the former world champion has begun the process of being brought out of his coma but stresses it could take a long time

Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso pose together

Michael Schumacher: Fernando Alonso hopes to pay tribute to his former rival by emulating Ferrari championship success

Alonso is heading into his fifth year with Ferrari, and hopes that success in 2014 will mirror Schumacher's first title for the Italian's in his fifth attempt back in 2000

Felipe Massa paid tribute to his former team-mate Michael Schumacher during his annual charity karting race in Brazil by wearing 'Schumi' across his visor

Michael Schumacher: Former Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa sends support and reveals he is 'praying every day' for his recovery

Massa wore a helmet with 'Schumi' written across the visor in tribute to his friend and former team-mate as he continues to be treated for severe brain injuries sustained in a skiing accident

Players from Cologne (R) and Schalke (L) hold up a banner in tribute to Michael Schumacher, who is recovering from serious head injuries after a skiing accident

Michael Schumacher's family 'deeply touched' after FC Koln and Schalke unveil banner in support of the seven-time F1 world champion

Schumacher is currently being treated in the Grenoble University Hospital after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident

Constant updates on Michael Schumacher’s condition over-rode most other news

Michael Schumacher: Brain specialist warns seven-time world champion 'will not be Michael Schumacher' if he survives head injury

Schumacher remains in a 'stable but critical condition' as he continues to fight for his life following his skiing accident in the French Alps

1: Life On The Limit (12A) - film review

Paul Crowder’s very well-researched feature documentary about Formula One racing, made alongside Ron Howard’s drama Rush and narrated by Michael Fassbender, has a strangely morbid undertow. The first part of the film follows the “travelling circus” of Grand Prix drivers in the 1960s and 1970s. They’re very dashing figures (likened by some to Spitfire pilots) who lead glamorous lives but stand a fair chance of being killed. Their cars are “mobile bombs” that grew faster and faster, even as the safety standards of the tracks stayed the same.

The News Matrix: Thursday 9 January 2014

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Lucky to survive: Constant updates on Michael Schumacher’s condition over-rode most other news

Michael Schumacher skiing accident: F1 champion went off piste but 'not travelling fast', French prosecutors confirm

French prosecutors investigating the F1 champion's skiing accident held a press conference at the Palais de Justice in Albertville this morning

Michael Schumacher before his retirement from Formula One

Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna pleads with media to 'leave the hospital' to help his recovery

The Schumacher family have been irked by the presence of the media at the hospital as well as widespread rumours that have regularly proved unfounded

The News Matrix: Monday 6 January 2014

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Investigators are examining the helmet camera Michael Schumacher was wearing at the time of the skiing accident in an attempt to find out what caused him to fall

Michael Schumacher: Claims that he is 'out of danger' dismissed by management of seven-time F1 champion as they confirm he remains 'critical but stable'

Fellow former F1 driver Philippe Streiff told reporters outside Grenoble Hospital that Schumacher's 'life is not in danger anymore', but his agent has dismissed the claim as 'pure speculation'

As if working for a far right political party wasn’t tough enough, head press officer Simon Darby thought he’d make his life just that little bit more difficult when tackling the difficult to defend news that its leader, Nick Griffin, had been declared bankrupt

‘Nick Griffin might be bankrupt, but at least he’s not Michael Schumacher,’ says BNP head of press, Simon Darby

As if working for a far right political party wasn't tough enough, head press officer Simon Darby thought he'd make his life a bit more difficult

Michael Schumacher’s fans were determined not to let his 45th birthday pass by unmarked, and left scores of tributes.

Michael Schumacher latest: Fans hold silent vigil outside F1 champion’s hospital for his 45th birthday

As the former Formula 1 champion fights for his life in a medically induced coma, well-wishers staged a vigil outside his Grenoble hospital

Michael Schumacher is seen in the pits during a training session at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste near Valencia in 2006

Michael Schumacher: No update expected on Thursday after former Formula One world champion stabilises but remains critical

Schumacher is fighting for his life after suffering a serious head trauma in a skiing accident on Sunday

Lewis Hamilton criticised after posting skiing holiday pictures in the wake of Schumacher's accident

Angry fans accused the F1 Champion of being "arrogant" and "insensitive"

Michael Schumacher before his retirement from Formula One

Michael Schumacher's condition 'stable' overnight after skiing accident injury, says manager

Earlier Sabine Kehm told reporters the former racing driver fell because of 'extreme bad luck', not speed

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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
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Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
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Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

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Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

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