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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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