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Ceasefire! It's a wedding

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.

Plugged in from the heart of the action

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.

Ford Focus ST

Is Ford's new Focus ST as punchy as its 'signature' tangerine colour?

Forza Motorsport 4 Top Gear car pack drives into May

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.

Ford Focus Estate

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

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

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.

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Seat Ibiza ST

Seat hopes its new estate is a little bit Lamborghini

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.

Peugeot 5008

Looks aren’t everything with Peugeot’s new 5008