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Firing off bullets into the sky has been a jubilant climax to thousands of weddings in Russia's remote areas - but now the custom is under threat, as armed guests venture closer to cities and stray bullets cause an increasing amount of mayhem.
Honda has confirmed that it will produce two new versions of the Civic model at its UK plant in Swindon.
Anyone who doubts the important role of the smartphone at modern sporting events would have been instantly put straight during last week's Opening Ceremony at the Olympics, as the finest athletes in the world filed into the stadium while holding their phones aloft, filming and snapping as they waved to the crowd. The crowd itself may have been more nervous about capturing those moments for posterity; the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) made a stern declaration before the Games that images, video and sound recordings could be used only for "private and domestic purposes", thus clamping down on our natural impulse to share everything across the web with friends, family and complete strangers.
Is Ford's new Focus ST as punchy as its 'signature' tangerine colour?
Available from the 1st May, for 560 Microsoft Points, the Forza 4 May Top Gear Car Pack has something for car fans of every stripe, from emblematic examples of 1970s American style: the MC Pacer X, to one of the coolest off-road vehicles around in the shape of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
As Friends Reunited undergoes yet another reincarnation, its reclusive multimillionaire founder says he's delighted to have got out. Kunal Dutta meets Steve Pankhurst
Being a delivery driver saves on childcare, says one of Britain's growing number of female truckers
A solid load-lugger, with a few pretensions, has joined the glamorous new generation of Focuses
Peter Cade wants a large diesel estate car. His recent experience has been with Vauxhall Vectra 2.0s. He's had two from new, but once the three year warranty period has expired he has experienced serious electrical failures. He wants a replacement vehicle that would cost a similar amount to a brand new Vauxhall.
VW's new small saloon is just a cynical attempt to make as much profit as possible. But it won't work in Europe
Forget its Opel alter ego, Vauxhall's svelte new estate – with its gem of an engine – is UK born and bred
These days it can be hard for even the keenest anorak-wearing enthusiast to tell cars apart.
Seat hopes its new estate is a little bit Lamborghini
A series of articles from The Independent archive recalling key events of the past decade: the siege of Beslan ends, 3 September 2004
Mercedes' new E-Class estate follows the pattern set by the saloon model launched earlier this year; solid technical advances combined with a reassuring nod to the traditional Mercedes values many thought had been lost as the company chased sales outside its established markets.
Looks aren’t everything with Peugeot’s new 5008