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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.

Ségolène Royal: France's first female president?

Once she was just a geeky minister from the provinces with bad teth and questionable dress sense. Now she's on the brink of an astounding political breakthrough. Could Ségolène Royal become France's first female president? John Lichfield joins her on the campaign trail

England hopes ride on a bicycle made for Roo

The latest bulletin on Wayne Rooney's health has been described as "very, very positive" by the England team doctor Leif Sward. The Manchester United striker was seen riding a bicycle around the club's Carrington training ground on Friday as he endeavours to recover from breaking a metatarsal in his right foot.

MG Rover: It's over. What went wrong?

Giles Chapman on the history of a car-maker that consistently failed to grab chances of survival

FOOTBALL: REYES `FLATTERED' BY LINK TO REAL BUT `HAPPY' AT ARSENAL

Jose Antonio Reyes said he is "flattered" by reports linking him with Real Madrid but said he intends to remain at Arsenal. "Not only am I under contract at Arsenal, I am happy here and committed to helping the team win more trophies," he said.

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BMW has final say over Rover's Chinese rescue deal

The German car maker BMW will have to vet the deal between MG Rover and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation which will result in effective control of the UK car maker passing into Chinese hands.

Workers are left to question motives of the Phoenix Four

So who exactly are the Phoenix Four - the men who bought MG Rover from BMW? John Towers, the current chairman and former chief executive of the Birmingham-based car group, has always been the driving force behind the quartet.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee