News Hanging Rock is under threat

Protest meetings – and even a protest picnic - held at the site as petition with 5,000 signatures urges council to reconsider

A Geek's Geek: Steve Pankhurst, who founded Friends Reunited, near his home last week

Steve Pankhurst: Happy to be the Victor Meldrew of technology

As Friends Reunited undergoes yet another reincarnation, its reclusive multimillionaire founder says he's delighted to have got out. Kunal Dutta meets Steve Pankhurst

Suicide verdict on firearms officer

A firearms officer killed himself after he became "obsessed" that his policewoman lover was seeing another policeman, an inquest heard today.

Lyndsey Graham with her two-year-old son Dylan in the cab. She plans to take him to work until he starts school

Mum on the road... in a 44-ton lorry

Being a delivery driver saves on childcare, says one of Britain's growing number of female truckers

Amazing Grace lands two from two to match Couples

Ernie Els and Retief Goosen did battle at Fancourt again yesterday, but this time found themselves out-gunned by the new star of South African golf.

Woman found stabbed to death in Hackney

The body of a woman apparently stabbed to death shortly after being kidnapped from her home yesterday morning has been found in an abandoned car in Hackney, east London.

Bin lorry iPad plans slammed

Town hall bosses were today accused of insulting taxpayers with plans to give binmen £400 iPad gadgets to do their rounds.

Two arrested over Croydon shooting death

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Trevor Ellis, the 26-year-old father-of-four who became the riots' first fatality.

The Hacker: I like looking over the other side of the fence but not from a ditch

One of the highlights of my week at The Open was sharing a moment on the tee with the big-hitting American Bubba Watson. We were both sizing up our drivesat precisely the same time.

Ford Focus Estate

A solid load-lugger, with a few pretensions, has joined the glamorous new generation of Focuses

Saab 9-5 Sportwagon

New owners have rescued the Swedish carmaker and its engineers have redeemed its rough ride

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 2.0 TSI

Nine years after it disappeared from the showrooms, the Golf convertible has returned – and it is an impressive improvement on its Eighties ancestor

iDrive: Volkswagen Eos

‘I’m worried the VW Eos is destined to die of neglect’

Car Choice: Seeking better luck with the third estate

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.

Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TDI

VW's new small saloon is just a cynical attempt to make as much profit as possible. But it won't work in Europe

Car Choice: A guided tour around the larger estates

Andrew Thornton is 47 and has owned a 1998 Skoda Octavia TDi for five years, and it now has more than 200,000 miles on the clock. It's been very reliable, economical and comfortable. He wants to replace it with a larger, more stylish estate and has a budget of around £3,500. He is comparing an Audi A6 and Saab 9-5 and wonders which is best. Andrew wants to avoid mainstream models.

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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