The Business Matrix: Thursday 12 December 2013

Peugeot Citroen sells 40% stake

Motoring review: Peugeot 308 1.6 e-HDi

Is it third time lucky for Peugeot?

European car sales plunge

This year has seen the slowest car sales on record in Europe, with the UK being the only country where drivers bought more new motors than in 2012.

Scientists have discovered birds observe speed limits on the roads

Birds observe speed limits on the roads even if motorists choose to ignore them

Scientists admitted breaking the law to carry out the study in western France

Greg Lemond (left) and Bernard Hinault tackle Alpe d’ Huez in 1986

Tour de France 2013: Alpe d’Huez – so good they’re climbing it twice

Tour breaks new ground today with double ascent of iconic mountain to mark 100th birthday 

UK sales boom lifts European gloom

Europe’s struggling car industry ended a dire 18-month run of declining sales in April thanks to booming sales in the UK, figures showed yesterday.

Radioactive material stolen from parked van

A canister of radioactive material has been stolen from the back of a van in Lancashire.

13-year-old girl killed in south London police chase crash

A 13-year-old girl has died in a crash involving a vehicle which was being pursued by police.

Man held as two men die in crash

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving after two men were killed in a car crash.

Two killed after car hits tree

Two people were killed and another was injured after a car left the road and hit a tree.

Man arrested by police investigating hit-and-run incident that killed 16-year-old boy

A man has been arrested by police investigating the hit and run death of a 16-year-old boy.

Tamara Ecclestone goes Greased lightning

Heiress Tamara Ecclestone seems to be inheriting her Formula One dad's interest in wheels as she recreates the spirit of the Greased Lightning scene from Grease.

Police warn of M20 airgun attacks

Police are urging motorists to be vigilant after three cars were hit by airgun pellets while travelling at speed on a busy motorway.

Pensioner killed in crash after 'driving on wrong side of road'

An elderly woman has died after her car hit another vehicle as she drove on the wrong side of the road, according to police.

Ford sees $1bn loss this year

Ford warned yesterday that it faced $1bn (£645.9m) in losses in its European division this year after the car industry slipped deeper into crisis.

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

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The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
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Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

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