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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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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links