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Outlook Congratulations to Mary Barra, who has become the first female boss of a big US car maker by taking over General Motors just as it stopped being unofficially known as Government Motors.

Rover bosses paid £42m before collapse

Five senior executives earned almost £42m in pay and pensions from MG Rover before its eventual collapse with the loss of 6,500 jobs, a damning report will disclose today.

Rover workers warned payout could be months away

Former MG Rover workers awaiting a payout from a trust fund set up to help them following the company's collapse four years ago have been warned it could be several months before they receive their money.

Car Choice: Sic transit Gloria's Metro...

Gloria Johnson is looking to buy a replacement for her beloved automatic Rover Metro. She actually wants something just like it – small but powerful, nippy, easy to park, and surprisingly roomy. Ideally with power steering and air-con. It will be used for the daily station run, vet visits, grocery shopping, teenage ferrying, and several long motorway journeys each year on the university run. Gloria has £10,000 cash and wants to take advantage of the £2,000 scrappage scheme.

Alan Watkins: What chance, the bookies' favourite?

The clever money may be on Lord Mandelson for next Labour leader, but political betting invariably gets it wrong

James Moore: Pursuit of the Phoenix Four is a diversion

Outlook: Nearly a decade ago, John Towers was hailed as a hero as he entered stage left with a bold promise to save Rover as a mass-market UK car maker, something BMW, which knows a thing or two about the motor industry, had conspicuously failed to do.

Google captures Coronation Street on Street View

Coronation Street is to make history as the first fictional location to appear on Google Street View, it was confirmed today.

Fraud office to probe MG Rover collapse

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been asked to investigate the collapse of MG Rover after a four-year probe into the Midlands car maker's demise, it was confirmed today.

Fraud probe into MG Rover collapse

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is to investigate the collapse of MG Rover after a four-year probe into the Midlands carmaker's demise, it was reported today.

Car Choice: Scrap that Metro, Gloria, and get your hands on a Hyundai

Gloria Johnson wants a replacement for her much-loved Rover Metro. She wants something small but powerful, nippy, easy to park and surprisingly roomy. Gloria would be even happier if it had power steering and air-con. She has £10,000 cash and will be taking advantage of the £2,000 scrappage scheme.

Inspectors finally deliver report into Rover collapse

An official report into the collapse of MG Rover has finally been submitted to the Government, more than four years after the car-maker's demise, it emerged today.

Cycle market: Moving into the fast lane

The bike industry is booming – and not just on Tube strike days. James Thompson reports

20 years on, man held for clifftop murders

IRA was originally blamed for execution-style killings

Jeremy Warner: Fiat's marriage in heaven is triumph of hope over experience

Outlook: I'm sorry, but I just don't see it. Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat, is self-evidently an inspirational business leader with a superficially compelling vision for creating a global auto manufacturer of sufficient scale to survive and prosper.

Car Choice: What's small and cheap, with a touch of class?

David Crawford fondly remembers the Mini Clubman he learnt to drive in. He now has a family (some of whom are of driving age) and needs to replace their Skoda Favorit. He has up to £2,500 for a car that's cheap to run, fix and insure, and can carry four. Good for in town, plus the odd motorway trip. A bit of style, like the old Mini, would be a bonus.

Was ABN the worst takeover deal ever?

Royal Bank of Scotland's deal for ABN Amro is acknowledged as a shocker. But is it the worst ever? Mathieu Robbins counts down the top ten bad deals
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The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Beige to the future

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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