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The Government today announced a £270 million loan guarantee to car giant General Motors to help secure its Vauxhall operations in Britain.

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A pensioner woke his neighbour up in the middle of the night to confess to killing his girlfriend, the Old Bailey heard today.

GM becomes the latest forced into a recall as it ups support for Europe

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General Motors today announced a major investment in its European car making operations, including Vauxhall in the UK.

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UK set to agree Vauxhall funding deal

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Vauxhall to lose 500 jobs in European restructuring

GM Europe to cut 8,300 staff and invest €11bn to return to profitability

Gang member gets 17 years for murdering teenage cadet

A teenage gang member who knifed a 16-year-old army cadet through the heart was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years behind bars today.

Trespasser causes Waterloo rail chaos

Tens of thousands of commuters suffered travel delays today after a trespasser walked on to one of the busiest railway lines in the country.

Whitacre to keep CEO role at GM

"This place needs some stability," the General Motors boss Ed Whitacre declared yesterday. "I guess that's me."

Nearly 2m cars registered in 2009

Good December figures meant the number of new cars sold in 2009 dipped only 6.4 per cent compared with 2008, it was announced today.

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It should have been the first model launched by Vauxhall/Opel under the ownership of a new parent company, Magna. Instead, the new Astra, which goes on sale in the UK today, will be the centrepiece of General Motors' emerging turnaround plan for its European operations, after the US group decided to keep its British and German brands rather than selling them off.

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