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Local government legislation is seeking to curtail many of the rights enjoyed by motorcyclists

Harley-Davidson bikers flock to St Peter's Square for Pope's blessing

Bikers had descended upon the Italian capital from around the world to attend concerts and parades marking the manufacturer’s 110th anniversary

Jorge Lorenzo salutes the Barcelona crowd

Jorge Lorenzo takes victory in Spain but Britain's Cal Crutchlow crashes out

Spanish riders lock-out the podium in Barcelona as Lorenzo finishes ahead of Honda duo Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez

Pakistan: Gunmen storm hospital after Quetta bus bombing which killed 14 female students

Another four injured in second blast at hospital where victims were being treated

The scene of a smash and grab robbery in Selfridges, Oxford Street, London

Burka-clad Selfridges smash and grab gang 'made off with £1m in watches'

Six-strong armed gang mingled with hundreds of shoppers before smashing glass cabinets with axes and sledge hammers

Tai Woffinden goes into today’s British Grand Prix riding high

Speedway: World hopeful Tai Woffinden on an upward slide

Tai Woffinden may be only 22 but he goes into the British Speedway Grand Prix at the Millennium Stadium today with huge expectation riding on his shoulders.

Muslim homes burned by Buddhist gangs on second day of attacks in Burma

Buddhist mobs armed with sticks and machetes burned Muslim homes for a second day in the northern Burmese city of Lashio, contradicting government assurances that soldiers had restored calm.

Tom Sykes flawless in Donington superbikes

Tom Sykes claimed double victory at Donington Park to move to within four points of the lead in the superbike World Championship.

Carl Pistorius appeared in court for culpable homicide of a 36-year-old woman

Oscar Pistorius' brother acquitted of culpable murder for the death of a female motorcyclist

Paralympic champions' older brother to face no further action in case of Maria Barnard's death

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In the roll-call of student summer reading certain volumes stand out, including Desmond Morris's body language phenomenon The Naked Ape and Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull. To those can be added a volume by Robert M Pirsig that snuggled its way into every hitchhiker's hand-crocheted body satchel. Unlike Bach, whose books were like being hit with a wiffle bat full of pot-pourri, Pirsig is the real deal. Born in 1928, this precocious university student was eventually expelled for studying too hard, after growing bewildered by the choice of multiple hypotheses in his chosen field, biochemistry. Overwhelmed by the limitations of science, he tackled Eastern philosophy instead, spending time in India before returning to a US college.

Bringing up baby: Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes in 'The Place Beyond the Pines'

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A father and son were mistakenly shot by a gunman in a revenge attack, the Old Bailey heard.

Woman cyclist killed in central London rush-hour accident

A woman in her 20s has been killed in a rush-hour collision in central London.

Jorge Lorenzo: The Spanish rider won his second world championship last season

MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo and the returning Valentino Rossi storm to Yamaha one-two in Qatar

Spain’s double world champion Jorge Lorenzo drew first blood by taking the MotoGP floodlit season opener from pole in Qatar yesterday as Italy’s Valentino Rossi stormed to second.

Marc Marquez in practice action before tomorrow’s race in Qatar

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Spanish whizzkid has style and class to go for victory – maybe even a title – first time out

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