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

Traveller's guide: Active family holidays

The landscape for active family holidays is a truly adventurous and wild place, a far cry from the fly-and-flop options that once characterised the average family fortnight abroad. Exploring the countryside, learning a new skill, bonding over an exciting new activity: whatever your goal, today's family trips are all about engaging your tribe.

Andy Murray in Miami

Andy Murray cites quick start for simple progress in Miami

World number four Andy Murray felt winning the opening game had been the key after he powered his way into the quarter-finals of the Sony Ericsson Open with a dominant victory over Gilles Simon in Miami.

The Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled last season

Bahrain Grand Prix can 'help unify nation'

The president of the Automobile Federation of Bahrain has called on Formula One to help unify his country, although he is unable to offer concrete guarantees over safety.

The Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled last season

Bahrain Grand Prix 'can unite country'

The president of the Automobile Federation of Bahrain has called on Formula One to help unify his country, but is unable to offer concrete guarantees over safety.

Petrol hits a record high of 140p a litre

Motoring organisations fear fuel will have risen to £1.50 a litre by the end of the summer

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The new Mercedes SL

New Mercedes SL appears at Germany's Techno Classica

Europe's biggest annual event for classic cars, the Techno Classica, opens in Germany today. The show, which accommodates more than 1,200 exhibitors and 2,500 cars spread across 20 halls at Essen's vast exhibition complex, is expected to draw 180,000 visitors this year.

Modern Warfare 3 content drops 4, 5 and 6 inbound

New multiplayer map and two new Special Ops missions for Elite users

Mercedes not keen on Formula One budget cap

Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn has dismissed Bernie Ecclestone's latest idea of a full-blown budget cap for Formula One.

Jenson Button of McLaren in action at the Australian Grand Prix

Jack Pitt-Brooke: Old, familiar hands on the wheel keep Sky from veering off the road

Australian Grand Prix, Sky Sports F1

Hamilton takes pole at Melbourne

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix today ahead of team mate Jenson Button as world champion Sebastian Vettel was banished to the third row of the grid.

Police vow to fight proposed reforms

Police representatives said yesterday they would put fierce pressure on the Home Secretary to reject key parts of a radical reform programme amid growing anger against proposals to introduce compulsory redundancy in the police force.

A contender at the World of Speed event on the Salt Flats

Flat out: End of the road for Utah's speed plains

Since Bluebird drove into history, America's salt flats have been the arena of choice for the fastest folk on wheels. But as Guy Adams finds, mineral riches may put the brakes on

Vettel pictured in Melbourne

Wet weather set to add to unpredictable start to new F1 season

The start of any new Formula One season is uncertain enough for teams and drivers without the addition of wet weather, which is expected for this year's opening Australian Grand Prix.

Rangers fans show off at Ibrox, but years of spending have caught up with the Glasgow giants

Rangers buyout plans in 'good shape' says Paul Murray

Former Rangers director Paul Murray has declared his buyout plans in "good shape" following fresh talks with the club's administrators.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

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
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

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
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

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

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
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

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?