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The BBC has apologised to the Mexican ambassador over remarks made on Top Gear. But it defended the show's presenters – including Richard Hammond, who branded Mexicans "lazy", "feckless" and "flatulent"– saying stereotyping was part of British humour.

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What A predictable dance. Last Sunday, the BBC's Top Gear team attempted to provoke by citing some tired old stereotypes about Mexicans. The Mexican ambassador duly took offence and wrote to the BBC to demand an apology. Yesterday the BBC issued an apology. And now everything will calm down. Until the next outbreak of offended fury, that is.

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The Mexican ambassador to Britain has complained to the BBC over "offensive, xenophobic and humiliating" comments on the motoring programme Top Gear.

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Moves to give the public a say on what new laws are debated in Parliament would put power in the hands of "the obsessed and the fanatical", a Labour MP said today.

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The TV presenter James May has been injured while filming on location in Syria. The accident took place during a shoot for the BBC car show Top Gear, replicating the journey of the Three Wise Men.

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Widespread transport disruption caused by some of the most severe winter weather for a century left many people's Christmas travel plans in tatters and large parts of the country paralysed yesterday.

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The BBC has apologised for a comment made by Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson after he described a car as being "special needs".

BBC apologises for Jeremy Clarkson's 'special needs' jibe

The BBC has apologised after Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson described a car as "special needs".

Terence Blacker: Meet Mr and Mrs Average

The world may be awash with a daily torrent of surveys, graphs, league tables and flow-charts, but there are still those who believe we need more numbers to make sense of modern life. For them, the two little words "per cent" represent all that is real and true. To encourage even more mathematical analysis of all we do and think, the UN will next week launch World Statistics Day.

Witney TV making its mark with local scoops

One local news broadcaster that has made a splash just four months after its launch is Witney TV as it beat the national press to an exclusive on The Stig.

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