The advanced new headlamp assembly of the next Mercedes S-Class. Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus allows the S-Class' headlights to be kept on full beam without dazzling other drivers by masking out vehicles within range of the beams' cone of light

New super-Merc goes bulb-free

We don't know what the next S-Class, due next year, will look like, but Mercedes has been lifting the lid on some of the fancy new technology that will be going into its future flagship.

Zingy performer: The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is one of the best of the emerging crop of electric cars from the big manufacturers

Look, don't treat my electric car as a silent killer

This car is very, very quiet - but pedestrians have eyes as well as ears

Woman becomes latest victim of London's iPhone bicycle muggers

170 iPhones are being stolen every day in London with pedestrians being targeted by muggers on bicycles

Artist has record breaking chalk 'artwork' erased by policeman 50 yards from completion

When Liz Baldwin set out to break the record for the fastest drawing of an unbroken mile-long chalk line, the last thing she expected was to have a run in with the law.

As Bradley Wiggins breaks his ribs in a cycling accident, an open letter to Britain's motorists

Our writer was horrifically injured when hit by a lorry last year. Here he argues that the onus should be on motorists to prove that they obeyed the rules

Exceptional floods leave half of Venice under water

Tourists in Venice put plastic bags over their legs and residents wore rubber boots as water rose to knee-high levels in many parts of the lagoon city today.

Want to walk home? That’ll be £16. Council introduces 'pedestrian permit' for residents wanting to walk through car park to their homes

A council has introduced a ‘pedestrian permit’ for residents wanting to walk through a council-owned car park to get to their homes.

Road deaths rise by 3% in a year

The number of road deaths has risen by 3 per cent in the past year. There were 1,901 fatalities in 2011 and 23,122 people seriously hurt, a rise of 2 per cent, according to the Department for Transport.

Rise in number of cyclists killed

The Government has been urged to improve safety on the roads for cycling after an increase in the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured.

Car clocked doing 89mph in 30mph zone

A teenager with a “blatant disregard” for the speed limit has been clocked by police driving at almost 90mph in a 30mph zone, officers said.

Girl badly hurt in road collision

A young girl is seriously ill in hospital after she was injured by a car that left the road and hit her as she walked along the street.

Toddlers die of injuries after car crash

Two children have died after they were involved in a car crash while sitting in their pushchairs.

London Olympics 2012: Troops make up 50% of park security

Troops drafted in to protect London 2012 venues after the G4S fiasco make up 50 per cent of security personnel stationed at the Olympic Park.

'Missing OAP' found dead on Ashford road

A man found dead in the road during the early hours of the morning is believed to be a missing pensioner.

More Britons getting into trouble abroad

An increased number of Britons needed consular assistance abroad last year.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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