Sport NASCAR team owner Gene Haas could launch a bid for a place on the F1 grid

Haas is one half of the successful Stewart-Haas Racing team currently plying their trade in the American motorsport

Sophie Heawood: Traveller TV - one part cringe, one part inspiration

We are in the middle of a craze for gypsies. My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding is about to return for another series, having apparently given Channel 4 its highest viewing figures in years. Then there's Gypsy Blood, Channel 4's documentary last month about the bare-knuckle fighting culture. Paddy Doherty, a boxer, went on to win Celebrity Big Brother and get a spin-off programme of his own, shacking up with Sally Bercow, wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons. Meanwhile, the supermodel Kate Moss says she loves the gypsy weddings so much that they inspired her own. Then, in the news, we've seen the drawn-out evictions at the traveller site at Dale Farm, near Basildon. There are question marks over a traveller site near the Olympic area in east London. Disturbing reports are coming from Hungary of militias rounding up members of the Roma community.

Electrifying as Model X marks the spot

Tesla Motors, the electric sports car company backed by Silicon Valley tycoons including Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, has unveiled its battery-powered Model X.

Mark Cavendish tumbles out on stage six yesterday

Cycling: Cavendish crashes in final sprint

With two impressive stage wins already in his saddlebag, Mark Cavendish had seemed unstoppable in this year's Tour of Qatar – until he suffered a major crash and went flying over his bike's handlebars at 70kph (44mph) in the final stretch of the last day's racing.

John Terry: Pictured before his most recent tribulations, England’s ex-captain has time to make nice

The art of the car window interview

You've run the gauntlet of the press and are safe inside your Merc, right? Wrong. For today's celebrities, Luke Blackall offers his advice

Mark Cavendish (right) with Sky team-mate Bernie Eisel in Doha

Cycling: Cavendish survives desert fever

A widely hoped-for debut victory for his new squad, Sky, in 2012 could probably not have been further from Mark Cavendish's mind during yesterday's stage of the Tour of Qatar, with the reigning world champion still suffering badly from the after-effects of a fever-inducing bug caught during his flight out to the Middle East.

Bentley is positioning the V8 as a more sporting car, as signalled by a fiercer-looking front and some small changes to the suspension and steering settings

Bentley Continental GTV8

Why the new Bentley GT is all the better for downsizing its engine

Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali

Ousted Tunisian leader Ben Ali's 34 cars and 48 yachts are seized

Further evidence of the extent of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali's wide-reaching financial empire has been revealed after police reportedly seized dozens of luxury items and company shares belonging to the ousted Tunisian leader.

Dale Farm clearance cost £7m

The cost of clearing the UK's largest illegal travellers' site has been confirmed as £7 million - but the council in charge has warned that a fresh enforcement action remains likely.

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Muslim girl 'attacked by siblings for kissing man'

A Muslim teenager was kidnapped, imprisoned and had her hair cut off after her siblings saw her kiss a white man, a court has heard.

Ford Focus Zetec S

Ford Focus Zetec S

'It's got more than enough poke to be a quick parental taxi'

Sergio Ramos was sent off late in the game

Mourinho caught out planning a car-park ambush for referee

Jose Mourinho may have taken tunnel bust-ups to a new level after he was accused of waiting for the referee following Real Madrid's Spanish Cup exit to Barcelona in the underground car park at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. The claims were made by one of Barcelona's daily sports papers, El Mundo Deportivo.

Wave of car bombings kills 14 in Baghdad

Fourteen people were killed and more than 75 injured in car bombings across Baghdad yesterday, as violence surged in Iraq a month after the last US soldiers left the country. The first attack targeted a gathering of day labourers in Sadr City. Police said eight were killed and 21 wounded.

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links
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