News A stretch of the M1, the motorway where two men died on Thursday

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

The wreckage of the coach that crashed leaving the French Alps resort of l'Alpe d'Huez

French Alps coach crash: British bus driver killed and four passengers critically injured in Aple d'Huez

A driver died and four people were critically injured when a coach carrying young Britons collided with a cliff-face and exploded into flames in the French Alps.

Indians protests against all-too-common gang-rapes in their country

Indian man arrested over rape of 10-year-old in Delhi

Sexual violence has topped the country's political agenda since the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student on a bus

The scene after a HGV driver had a lucky escape after his lorry left the flyover on the M42 and crashed onto the M6 toll near Coleshill in Warwickshire

Amazing escape as lorry plunges off flyover from one motorway on to another

A lorry driver had a lucky escape when his HGV plunged 30ft (9m) off a flyover on to a motorway following a crash, police have said.

Video: The terrifying moment a plane collapses on its nose and skids along runway at 200mph

The incident, which was captured on video, took place at a Toowoomba Airport  regional airport in Australia earlier this week

George Osborne's Land Rover caught in disabled parking bay

Chancellor criticised for being 'wildly out of touch' by disability campaigners

Trooper finds 3.9 tons of marijuana in Texas tanker after routine traffic stop

Marijuana, with an estimated street value of $3.4 million discovered by a trooper during routine vehicle check

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez escapes jail sentence after admitting motoring offences

Argentina international admitted to driving while disqualified and without insurance

A major operation to airlift thousands of tonnes of military equipment from Afghanistan has begun as troops prepare to leave the country

Afghan military equipment is airlifted back to Britain

A huge airlift to bring thousands of tons of military equipment back from Afghanistan to the UK has begun, ahead of the full withdrawal of British troops by the end of next year.

Enraged giraffe chases safari jeep for two miles

Footage has emerged online of the dramatic moment an angry giraffe went on the rampage, terrifying a group of tourists.

Elderly woman killed in Cornwall after car falls in river

Accident happened as she waited to board a ferry

A photograph issued by the UK Border Agency of seven stowaways who were stopped from entering Britain after being found in a tiny purpose-built hideaway inside a van at the Port of Calais

Jammed in tiny hideaway, seven UK-bound stowaways found in van at Calais

Seven stowaways were stopped from entering Britain after being found in a tiny purpose-built hideaway inside a van at the port of Calais.

To boost activism beyond Red Nose Day, we need political education in schools

What are the roots of British social apathy?

Japanese car giant Honda recalls 250,000 vehicles worldwide over a braking problem

Japanese car giant Honda is recalling nearly 250,000 vehicles worldwide over a braking problem.

Boy hit by emergency ambulance in Somerset

A boy is being treated for significant head injuries after being hit by an ambulance in Somerset as it answered a 999 call.

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