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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.

Cuba's golf revolution

This round was Fidel Castro's way of demonstrating his scorn for the bourgeoisie. But the game he loathed survived his rule, though plans to make the island a golfer's paradise have foundered. Leonard Doyle reports from Havana

Woman dies as car skids on to level crossing

A schoolteacher was killed by a train yesterday when her car skidded on to icy rail tracks as the barriers of a level crossing came down.

Train kills woman driver stuck on icy level crossing

A woman driver was killed today after desperately trying to reverse her car out of the path of a train, police said.

The bloody biker wars

How a brutal battle for supremacy between rival gangs ended in murder. Terri Judd reports on the murder of a man they called 'Gentleman Gerry.'

Motorcycle gang jailed for Hell's Angel murder

Seven members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang were jailed today for life for murdering a Hell's Angel.

Two found guilty of murdering Hell's Angel

Two members of a biker gang were found guilty today of murdering a Hell's Angel who was shot dead on the M40.

Eric Longworth: Actor best known for playing the town clerk in 'Dad's Army'

Throughout a long career on stage and screen, Eric Longworth took scores of character roles, but it was the part of the town clerk in the popular television sitcom Dad's Army for which his balding head, moustache and spectacles became recognised. Between 1972 and 1977 Longworth played the role of Claude Gordon in eight episodes of the comedy about the inept Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard in Second World War Britain.

Volkswagen Phaeton: A bumpy ride

The head of Volkswagen wanted the Phaeton to be the best car in the world, and the result is discretely posh. The new V6 version, though, is a dud – but don't tell him

Vandals attack Stonehenge

Souvenir-hunters have chipped a lump off Stonehenge in the first case of vandalism at the world-renowned prehistoric site in Wiltshire for decades.

Volkswagen Passat CC

The Passat CC is Volkswagen's dishy new coupé version of the dull as dishwater saloon. But not every model is a motoring coup

Leading article: Status symbols

It's a brave woman who gets between a minister and his car. But this is what the Transport Secretary, Ruth Kelly, has dared to do, in proposing to speed up the switch to "greener" vehicles in the Government's bloated fleet. In so doing, she has precipitated a high-octane battle between those who have switched, or plant to, to a hybrid Toyota Prius for their official requirements, and those wedded to their carbon-spewing Jaguars and Range Rovers.

Andrew Glyn

Andrew Glyn was indeed "steeped in Marxism", but not just on an intellectual level, writes Lynn Walsh [further to the obituary by Bob Rowthorn, 7 January]. He was also a political activist for many years, and during the late 1970s and early 1980s was an active supporter of the Militant, precursor of the Socialist Party, helping to build a strong group in Oxford.

Tragedy of the woman allowed to die in her cell

Valerie Hayes had many talents. She was an accomplished artist, played the guitar and sang wonderfully. A recording of her performing "I Was Born Under a Wandering Star" is still cherished by her daughter, Claire.

The Week Ahead: BAA needs good results to fight off Ferrovial bid

The countdown is on in the bid battle for BAA so investors will be looking for good results from the airports operator tomorrow if it is to stand a chance of fighting off the £8.8bn hostile bid led by the Spanish construction group Ferrovial. Any financial weakness will bolster BAA's suitors' chances of persuading shareholders that their best bet is to back the unsolicited takeover offer.

Racing: French strike fails to halt O'Brien's Aussie Rules

Barricades have a cherished place in Parisian revolutionary tradition but yesterday they instead became props in the purest French farce. For it was not tumbrils coming down at Longchamp yesterday, but trousers.

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Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

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Is sexual harassment a fact of gay life?

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
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Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

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A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

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Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

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Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

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Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

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