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

Afghan rickshaw blast kills thirteen passengers

A motorised rickshaw packed with civilian passengers struck a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan today, triggering a blast that killed all 13 people in the vehicle.

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

Forget its Opel alter ego, Vauxhall's svelte new estate – with its gem of an engine – is UK born and bred

Volvo V60 D3

These days it can be hard for even the keenest anorak-wearing enthusiast to tell cars apart.

Volvo V60

By David Wilkins

Buddy Van Horn: My life as Clint Eastwood’s stuntman

As the body behind the stunts of five-time Oscar winner Clint Eastwood until well into his sixties, Laura Davis talks to 81 year-old Buddy Van Horn about what it was like to work for the western legend throughout his expansive career

Volvo shows first pictures of sleek V60 estate

Volvo has released the first pictures of its forthcoming V60, the estate version of the recently-introduced S60.

Man to face court over body in car boot

A man will appear in court today charged over the murder of a mother-of-one found in the boot of car.

Seat Ibiza ST

Seat hopes its new estate is a little bit Lamborghini

Car Choice: Impressive...a student who can afford a Volvo

Matt Francis, 20, has been driving an old Ford Escort for two years. But he now needs something bigger and safer. He has a thing about Volvo V40s, as he has seen several around for less than £3,000, with under 90,000 miles on the clock. Insurance, he says, is reasonable, considering he was paying £2,200 for his first-year , then £1,800 on his second. His quote for a 2002 V40 1.6 is £1,550.

The Big Moment: The air was filled with wailing. Locals entered the morgue to identify relatives

A series of articles from The Independent archive recalling key events of the past decade: the siege of Beslan ends, 3 September 2004

Car Choice: In search of a small car with the highest seats

Janet Ingamells is looking for a small car. She is disabled and therefore needs an elevated driver's position, power steering, and automatic transmission. Apparently, the vehicles we suggested a few weeks ago for Peter Unsworth sounded absolutely ideal – but we treat every Car Choice request individually. Therefore we will apply fresh thinking to Janet's requirements, bearing in mind that she has a maximum budget of £2,000.

Mercedes E 200 CGI Estate

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.

Afghan villagers say air strike kills 9 civilians

An overnight air strike by international forces killed nine civilians, including at least three children, villagers said today. Afghan authorities said they had no reports of civilian deaths.

Peugeot 5008

Looks aren’t everything with Peugeot’s new 5008
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