Sport

Mercedes take front row as new rule limits communications between the teams and their drivers

Roy Salvadori: Racing driver who triumphed at Le Mans

Roy Salvadori, a Londoner despite his Italian parentage, was a tough racer best known for his success at Le Mans with Aston Martin. Coincidentally, he died three weeks after his partner in that epic success, Carroll Shelby.

Firm favourite: The new Mini Cooper SD Roadster

Mini Cooper SD Roadster

Minis always felt like nippy motors – but can they really be sports cars?

Sebastian Vettel denies Ferrari deal

Sebastian Vettel can see no reason why he would want to quit Red Bull, despite the apparent existence of a get-out clause in his current contract.

Until Saturday, Schumacher’s return had left the purists untroubled

Kevin Garside: Schumacher still driven by primal need

The Way I See It: Many F1 fans were never comfortable with the marriage of freakish speed and shifting morals

Rallying: Loeb stretches his advantage after testing rally in Greece

Sébastien Loeb extended his World Rally Championship lead to 31 points after he clinched his fourth victory from this year's six rallies in Greece yesterday.

A view of the action in Monaco

Suspect package detonated at Monaco Grand Prix

A bomb disposal expert was last night called in to carry out a controlled explosion of a suspect package in the paddock for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Market Report: Hammerson back in the takeover bid spotlight

There has been no shortage of takeover chatter around Hammerson lately. The possibility of the developer – whose portfolio includes the Brent Cross and Bullring shopping centres in north London and Birmingham – being snapped up has caused much excitement, and the bid spotlight was switched back on yesterday.

The A303: Highway to the Sun, By Tom Fort

It's thejourney that matters

The fire is tackled in the Williams garage

Investigation launched after fire in Williams garage at Spanish Grand Prix

A full investigation has been launched into the cause of a fire that turned Williams' Spanish Grand Prix victory celebrations sour.

We were forged in the Victorian era,’ says Kate Summerscale

Kate Summerscale on the seductive grip of the Victorians

The writer explains to Daneet Steffens what it is that keeps drawing her back to the 19th century

Little Chef, A1 Markham Moor, Retford, Nottinghamshire.

The listed buildings certain to fuel discussion

Petrol stations are not known for fuelling aesthetic enlightenment (think more financial ruin, as we watch our money flow away in a blur of digits) but there was a time when filling up required a sophisticated setting.

How to develop an engine fit for superheroes

Rotary power has been a signature of Mazda innovation ever since the company launched the Cosmo 110S
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez in a brand new Fisker Karma car

Trending: Boys and their £100k, 500-horsepower toys

In the 1960s a young Twiggy joined Mary Quant, Peter Sellers and The Beatles in picking the modest Mini as her car of choice to cut across swinging London. Today's young stars don't quite seem to have grasped the concept of stealth wealth. So as the typical 18-year-old gets to work in a battered-old Corsa, teen idol Justin Bieber, One Direction's Harry Styles and snooker player Judd Trump and are all bombing around in £100k-plus supercars.

Bomb explodes at political rally in southern Nepal, killing four

A bomb exploded today in a busy market area in a southern Nepal town where a political rally was being held, killing at least four people and wounding 14 others, police said.

Codemasters F1 Online: The Game closed beta starts its engine

F1 fans looking to take part in Codemasters’ latest spin-ff F1 Online: The Game can now register their interest for the closed beta.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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