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Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez escapes jail sentence after admitting motoring offences

Argentina international admitted to driving while disqualified and without insurance

Shain Gandee, who starred in the MTV reality series

MTV Buckwild star Shain Gandee found dead in car alongside uncle and another man

Shain Gandee lived for the outdoors, often going on muddy, off-road thrill rides in the hills near his West Virginia home. A recent late-night escapade ended in tragedy for the MTV reality show cast member and two others.

Carl Pistorius, right, and Henke Pistorius, the brother and father of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius' brother Carl pleads not guilty in female motorcyclist road death trial

Carl Pistorius, the sharp suited brother of Paralympian double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, pleaded not guilty to a charge of culpable homicide for the death of a female motorcyclist in a 2008 road collision.

Swallows in certain areas are evolving to adapt to avoid road traffic

Swallows are evolving to avoid cars and trucks, study finds

Collisions with road vehicles are driving a population of swallows to evolve into faster, more agile fliers with shortened wings.

McMillian had been advised not to continue campaigning

Family of slain gay candidate say it was hate crime

Marco McMillian was campaigning to be first openly homosexual Mississippi mayor

Postcard from... Milan

Two cars are seen in the aftermath of the shoot-out on Las Vegas Strip

Three killed and several injured after car crash following 'rolling gun battle' on Las Vegas strip

Shots fired between a Maserati and SUV before sports car crashed into a taxi

You're never too old to get hit by a car - so stop, look and listen to my advice about crossing the road

Plus, the German education minister who plagiarised her thesis 33 years ago

Spending on SUVs lifts China's economy

A spending splurge on “Chelsea tractors” by Chinese consumers cheered the world’s second-biggest economy in January.

Last night's viewing: Louie, Fox; The Following, Sky Atlantic

For most British viewers, Louie’s reputation will have long preceded the thing itself. It runs something like this: groundbreaking low-budget comedy, impeccably free of interference from the suits and trading on the poor schlub candour of its online begetter – Louis CK, a comedian of cult standing.

Postcard from... Beijing

Shooting begins in Beijing this week on the latest instalment of the Iron Man series, with the producers introducing a well-known Chinese actor to help ensure the film gets a favourable reception in the fastest growing major movie market in the world.

Postcard from... Abu Dhabi

There's only one way to celebrate National Day in the United Arab Emirates – and it's petrol fuelled, befitting a nation built on oil.

Two killed in 140-vehicle pile up in Texas

Two people died and more than 80 were hurt when at least 140 vehicles collided on a Texas highway in dense fog.

Vauxhall Mokka TechLine 1.4 Turbo 4x4

Vauxhall Mokka TechLine 1.4 Turbo 4x4 - First Drive

Vauxhall enters the baby SUV market - and the battle is hotting up

Andrew Mitchell who, before resigning last week for

Chin up, Andrew Mitchell, chauffeur's aren't all they're cracked up to be, just ask P Diddy and the Queen

Status symbols don't come much bolder than being ferried around in a chauffeur-driven car. It's a sure-fire way to let everybody know that you are somebody. Just ask Andrew Mitchell who, before resigning last week for "swearing" at Downing Street police, had put in an order for a chauffeur-driven Jaguar XF, despite most ministers making do with a Toyota Prius. His replacement Chief Whip, Sir George Young, promptly cancelled the flash car, saving the taxpayer an estimated £100,000. Mitchell never got the driver he longed for, but he should take comfort from the fact that chauffeurs, while being an enviable perk of any job, can often be more trouble than they're worth.

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'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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