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Good Samaritan is believed to have been involved in a collision after going to help a man who jumped

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Paul Scholes' 4x4 car stolen as the Manchester United midfielder defrosts windscreen

The Manchester United midfielder had car stolen yesterday morning

The moment the lorry tips over narrowly missing a motorcyclist

Video: Motorcyclist in China cheats death

A motorcyclist in China has had a lucky escape after a lorry collapsed inches away from him while he waited at an intersection.

Man hands himself in after two cyclists killed in Bristol hit-and-run crash

A 38-year-old man has been arrested after handing himself into police following a hit-and-run accident in which two cyclists were killed.

Five-Minute Memoir: William Nicholson recalls being driven over the edge by a white van

This is a tale of suffering, redemption and white vans. Late last year I needed to transport some furniture from our house in Sussex to my son's rooms in central London. I should have paid a man to do it for me, but foolishly confident in my driving ability, I decided to hire a van and drive it myself. It was a white Ford Transit 280 panel van, which if you've ever driven you'll know presents special challenges to the driver. It's long and wide and you can't see out of the back. You never really know how close you are to anything else on the road. Turning corners brings with it new surprises every time. Overtaking becomes an act of reckless abandon.

Fear and confusion: how workers ran for their lives as brutal onslaught began

Eyewitnesses describe hostages seeking refuge under beds and in roof spaces as Algerian forces took matters into their own hands

Algeria’s Prime Minister, Abdelmalek Sellal, backed the raid

Diplomats bite tongues over Algerian operation

No 10 source: 'At least they haven't done anything silly for 24 hours'

Car sales in Europe in a dive as debt crisis bites

European car sales plunged to a 19-year low in 2012 as the debt crisis took a heavy toll on vehicle demand.

Workers on the Honda CR-V production line at the Honda Plant in Swindon

Honda's job cuts spark fears for UK car industry

Weak demand across Europe is blamed as company joins Rolls-Royce, Ford and Vauxhall in sending out distress signals

Bushfires continuing to wreak havoc across island state of Tasmania as 100 people remain unaccounted for

Whole state has been shaken by the disaster, which shows no signs of abating

Police officer killed while on 999 call is named

A police officer who died when his patrol car hit a tree as he answered an emergency call was named today as PC Andrew Bramma.

US drone strike kills top militant Mullah Nazir in Pakistan

US drone strikes today killed a senior Pakistani militant commander in the tribal region of South Waziristan, and also reportedly claimed the lives of three suspected al-Qa’ida operatives in Yemen.

Two people in hospital after bridge collapse in Yorkshire

Two people have been hospitalised after a footbridge over a river collapsed in North Yorkshire.

The driver of the van, who was seriously injured, is treated at a hospital in Peshawar

Seven more victims of the Taliban war on education

Five women among the dead as gunmen open fire on van in remote region of Pakistan

Video emerges capturing moment car is hit by wheel of crashing Russian jet in accident that killed four people

Investigators are examining flight recorders and other evidence to try to determine the cause of a plane crash in Moscow that left four people dead

13 killed in Nepal mountain bus plunge

A bus has veered off a mountain road and plunged into a river in western Nepal, killing at least 13 people and leaving 19 others critically injured.

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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

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Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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