News Workers at mail-order company La Redoute protest in Lille against plans to sack 1,200 workers

3.2 million people are working so hard that they risked mental or physical breakdown, study finds

Two killed as stolen car hits vehicles

Two people died in a stolen car which exploded in flames as it crashed into a number of parked cars.

Frozen out: The earl in the unheated room where his family portraits once hung

Earl of Cardigan: 'Seeing police beat a pregnant woman does poison your view'

An early run-in with authority shaped him. Matthew Bell hears about his latest fight

Rolls sales drive HR Owen profits uplift

Luxury car seller HR Owen announced yesterday that a strong performance by Rolls-Royce and Bentley showrooms towards the end of the year meant 2012 profits will beat forecasts.

Wiktoria Was was travelling with her mother, father and four-year-old brother when their Volkswagen Polo and a Peugeot 308 that was being chased by a marked police car collided

Tributes for 13-year-old girl killed in London police chase

The “charming” and “bubbly” 13-year-old girl who died in a crash involving a vehicle that was being pursued by police will be missed by her entire school, her headteacher said today.

13-year-old girl killed in south London police chase crash

A 13-year-old girl has died in a crash involving a vehicle which was being pursued by police.

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Two in hospital after fatal crash

Two people were still in hospital today with serious injuries after a road crash which killed one person in the early hours of Christmas day.

Boss sacks employee for being too sexy, Supreme Court backs him up

An American dentist took the remarkable decision to sack an employee because he found her "irresistible" and wanted to avoid a temptation that could wreck his marriage.

Half of male drivers have had sex in their car

Half of male drivers, and 37 per cent of female drivers, have had sex in their car, according to a new survey.

China puts Porsche in the fast lane as luxury car maker sets a new record

Times may be tough for the economies of the world, but the global pinch has yet to reach the Porsche-driving classes.

Fizzing with potential: The new Dacia Sandero Laureate

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Renault’s fast-growing budget car-maker has produced another car that does the job dependably

Toyota Auris 1.6 Valvematic - First Drive

Toyota has produced another car that does the job dependably

Los Angeles Auto Show 2012 highlights

Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche and Mercedes, Hyundai and Toyota were among the firms unveiling new models at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Two men killed in Greater Manchester road accident

Two men have died in a road crash today, moments after their car was seen speeding through a town by a police officer.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
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On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada