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UK car production hit a six-year high in 2013 as the number of vehicles rolling off the line topped 1.5 million.

James Moore: Knights jousting for Barclays show that it is still living in the past

Outlook Antony Jenkins was the belle of the ball after declaring he was "shredding" the legacy bequeathed to the bank by former chief executive Bob Diamond at a hearing of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards.

Terry Butcher has turned down Barnsley’s approach

Martin Hardy: Terry Butcher has taken the long road to become a wanted man again

Life Beyond the Premier League

Sergio Aguero’s winner – an extraordinary moment of grace under pressure

Magical memories of 2012 - Football: 'We'll never encounter anything quite like it again'

13 May: Manchester City win the title in thrilling style

Palace guard: The Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim, filmed for a year in The Aristocrats

IoS television review: The Aristocrats: Blenheim Palace, Channel 4, Thursday
From Lord's to the Ring, Sky 1, Thursday

The burden of Blenheim Palace was revealed in the first of a new series about Britain's top toffs

Sunderland winger James McClean received death threats over refusal to wear poppy, says Martin O'Neill

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill says Irish winger James McClean has received death threats after refusing to wear an embroidered poppy on his shirt for a Premier League match.

Sunderland’s Danny Rose (left) comes off worst in a challenge with Marouane Fellaini

David Moyes resigned to losing Marouane Fellaini if Everton fail to finish in top four

Manager accepts key men will always leave if he cannot win trophies or reach European Cup

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Martin O'Neill to assess Sunderland side ahead of Everton match

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill will assess knocks to a couple of players before deciding on his starting line-up at Everton.

Travelodge to create 200 new jobs

Budget hotel chain Travelodge is to create almost 200 jobs before Christmas by opening nine new hotels.

Sunderland: Potential last minute transfer deals

The transfer window is due to shut at 11pm this Friday, but will your club be making any last minute deals?

Louis Saha has scored three goals in five games for Spurs

Former Tottenham striker Louis Saha joins Sunderland on one-year deal

Sunderland have signed free agent Louis Saha to boost their striking options on the eve of the new season.

Niall Quinn (second right), Sunderland's director of international development, is joined by Tullow's (from left) Ike Duker, Aidan Heavey and Tutu Agyare at the launch of Invest in Africa in Accra, Ghana

Sunderland's new backer triggers concerns over sponsor suitability

There are growing concerns surrounding the suitability of Sunderland's new sponsor, Invest in Africa, amid claims from the oil watchdog Platform that the initiative's founding partner, Tullow Oil, is responsible for damaging business practices.

Niall Quinn (second right), Sunderland's director of international development, is joined by Tullow's (from left) Ike Duker, Aidan Heavey and Tutu Agyare at the launch of Invest in Africa in Accra, Ghana

Concerns over suitability of Sunderland's new sponsor

Tullow spokesman says Invest in Africa 'not a front' as NGOs question club's new partnership

Grayson Perry signs deal to stay at Channel 4 as an 'on-screen social anthropologist'

Grayson Perry, the Turner Prize-winning artist, famed for his ceramic vases and penchant for cross-dressing, has signed an exclusive deal with Channel 4 which will see him acting as an on-screen social anthropologist.

Sebastian Larsson: The Sunderland midfielder says Swedish players 'have grown up with the Premier League'

Sebastian Larsson backs inside knowledge to give Sweden the advantage against England

The Sweden midfielder Sebastian Larsson is banking on his team-mates' intimate knowledge of the Premier League to continue their fine record against England in Kiev tonight.

Grayson Perry dresses as his alter ego, Claire, to join a group of women for a night out

In the Best Possible Taste, Tuesday Channel 4
Horizon: The Transit of Venus, Tuesday, BBC2

Grayson Perry's study of working-class tastes was insightful, moving, even funny

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there