Councils to get speed limit powers

Councils will be given greater freedom to introduce 20mph schemes under new government proposals to improve road safety.

Murder probe launched after torso found on Portsmouth beach

A murder inquiry has been launched after the torso of a man was found wrapped in a black bin liner on a beach.

Road death figures increase by 3%

The number of people killed on the roads rose last year for the first time since 2003.

Green transport schemes given £266m

Transport schemes boosting green growth have received a £266 million cash injection from the Government.

The Olympic Stadium will require extra stewards because of fears of overcrowding

Olympics to be delivered £476m 'under budget'

With 43 days until the Games, the Government still has £476m left of its Olympic contingency fund, and ministers are "increasingly certain" they will deliver the event for significantly less than the £9.3bn agreed in 2007.

The Olympic Stadium will require extra stewards because of fears of overcrowding

An Olympic record? Games set to be under budget

With six weeks to go, organisers say they hope to return up to £476m to Treasury

Ian Bell hits out en route to his classy unbeaten 76 at Edgbaston

England place faith in Bell – again

In looking to the future yesterday, England's selectors turned to the past. They resurrected Ian Bell's one-day career for the third time by asking him to fill the role of opening batsman vacated by Kevin Pietersen. It is a risky business, not quite supported by Bell's previous record over 108 matches, but it is based on the sound reasoning that it may be as well to pick the most gifted batsman in the country.

Ian Bell hits out en route to his classy unbeaten 76 at Edgbaston

England put faith in Bell – again

In looking to the future yesterday, England's selectors turned to the past. They resurrected Ian Bell's one-day career for the third time by asking him to fill the role of opening batsman vacated by Kevin Pietersen.

Satnav 'affects' drivers' abilities

Satnav systems sometimes send motorists the wrong way but they can also impair their driving ability, according to a study.

Album: The Bamboos, Medicine Man (Tru Thoughts)

Swapping their signature sound of energetic if rather workaday retro-funk for sophisticated pop-soul songs fronted by guest vocalists including Aloe Blacc, Daniel Merriweather, Tim Rogers and the semi-regular Kylie Auldist, Melbourne's Bamboos take a definite leap forward.

Bad Spelling: Countdown's rudest ever moments

It's the tame evergreen afternoon show that epitomises the calm, uncontroversial nature of the daytime TV schedule.

Shocking hit-and-run CCTV footage released

Footage of a car ploughing into pedestrians crossing a street in Buffalo, New York has been released by police.

Margareta Pagano: Did Murdoch give the game away over BSkyB?

The media mogul's evidence to the Leveson inquiry on his move for the TV company showed reform is vital if future takeovers are to get a fair hearing

'Mini tornado' sweeps through Warwickshire town

High winds have torn through a town, blowing the roof from one home and damaging others in what residents have described as a "mini tornado".

Kyoto van crash leaves eight dead

Eight people have died after a van ran through a crowded junction and struck pedestrians in the western Japanese city of Kyoto today.

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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

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Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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