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The auto market is both a symbol of recovery and a driver of it

Europe's new car sales are veering off track

Car sales in Europe skidded to a fresh low last month, falling 8.5 per cent below the number driven off forecourts in January 2012. The Association of European Automakers said registrations fell to 918,280 new cars last month.

South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp

Reeva Steenkamp: Glamour model, law graduate, and girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius

The Paralympic athlete's girlfriend was pronounced dead yesterday after being shot repeatedly at Pistorius' home

Toyota Auris 1.6 Valvematic

Has Toyota made its previously unmemorable Auris desirable at last?

The 12 Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of Port Campbell National Park, are evidence of immense forces

Take the scenic route: A long weekend on Australia's Great Ocean Road

If the "wide brown land" of Australia is a Hob Nob then the Great Ocean Road is where it has been dunked into the roiling tea cup of the Southern Ocean. The road – perennial candidate for the title of World's Most Scenic Drive – runs westward for 242km along the crumbling coast of south-west Victoria from the town of Torquay, just west of Melbourne; keep on going around the coast and you hit Adelaide, 800km later.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 29 January 2013

Batman puts R4E back in the black

Toyota is back as world's biggest car maker

Japan's Toyota has recaptured the top slot as the world's biggest car maker, overtaking America's General Motors again.

River Wye crash: Father David Cox killed as car skids into icy water

A father died when his car skidded into a river just before his wife's vehicle also plunged into the icy water.

Timo Glock

Marussia part company with Timo Glock ahead of the 2013 F1 season

Vitaly Petrov and Sebastien Buemi have already been touted as potential replacements

Malian soldiers are triumphant as they return to Niono from Diabaly

French and Malian forces take Diabaly but there are fears Islamists will return

The rebels’ seizure of  the strategic town was audacious and had local support, writes Kim Sengupta in Niono, Mali

Justin Bieber calls for tougher laws after paparazzi is killed photographing his car

Justin Bieber has called for tougher laws to control paparazzi after a 29-year-old photographer was killed by a passing car just after snapping shots of the star's white Ferrari.

Japan's Toyota has agreed to pay more than $1bn to settle a US class-action suit involving claims of acceleration problems with its cars

Toyota to pay $1bn in car-defect case

Japan's Toyota has agreed to pay more than $1bn to settle a US class-action suit involving claims of acceleration problems with its cars.

Japan back in recession as export economy suffers losses

Japan joined Italy on the economic sick-list yesterday, as official figures tipped the country back into recession.

Postcard from... Beijing

Shooting begins in Beijing this week on the latest instalment of the Iron Man series, with the producers introducing a well-known Chinese actor to help ensure the film gets a favourable reception in the fastest growing major movie market in the world.

Postcard from... Abu Dhabi

There's only one way to celebrate National Day in the United Arab Emirates – and it's petrol fuelled, befitting a nation built on oil.

Toyota Auris 1.6 Valvematic - First Drive

Toyota has produced another car that does the job dependably

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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Beige to the future

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

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