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

Landslide victims died 'instantly'

A couple who were killed when a landslide engulfed their car died almost instantly, a coroner said yesterday.

Skoda Citigo

A small fry worth cashing your chips in for

VW-inspired quality: the Škoda Citigo

Škoda Citigo

A small fry worth cashing your chips in for

The science of success: From CERN to car parts

A Birmingham based manufacturer that played a part in finding the "God particle" by supplying parts for the Large Hadron Collider has won a lucrative car manufacturing contract on the back of its work with CERN.

Volkswagen finalises Porsche takeover

Volkswagen said today it was on track to finalise the full takeover of sports car manufacturer Porsche by the end of the month.

Audi A6 Allroad 3.0 BiTDI - First Drive

Engine: 3.0-litre V6 biturbo
Transmission: eight-speed tiptronic
Power: 313PS between 3,900rpm 4,500rpm
Torque: 650Nm between 1,450 and 2,800rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 42.2mpg
CO2 emissions: 176g/km
Top speed: artificially limited to 155mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 5.6 seconds
Price: £49,445; A6 Allroad Avant range from £43,150

Lotto winner faces jail for assault

A lottery millionaire and cage fighter is facing jail after admitting brutally beating his girlfriend.

Skoda shows first pictures of new Rapid

Skoda has released the first official pictures of the Rapid, a new model that slots into its range between the Fabia and the Octavia.

Volkswagen Golf 235 GTI Edition 35

Price: from £27,275

Engine: capacity 4 cyls, 1984cc, turbocharged, petrol

Power: 232bhp @ 5500-6300 rpm

Torque: 2211b ft @ 2200-5500 rpm

Performance: 153mph, 34.9mpg (combined), CO2 189g/km

Audi RS 4 Avant - First Drive

Engine: 4.2-litre normally aspirated V8 petrol
Transmission: seven-speed S-Tronic automated manual
Power: 450PS at 8,250rpm
Torque: 430Nm between 4,000 and 6,000rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 26.4mpg
CO2 emissions: 249g/km
Top speed: artificially limited to 155mph, option to increase governed top speed to 174mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 4.7 seconds
Price: from £54,925

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Practical terrier: the new Seat Ibiza

SEAT Ibiza ST

A loveable Iberian terrier – just give it a little time

Kia cee'd 2 1.6 CRDi

Kia cee'd 2 1.6 CRDi - First Drive

Engine: 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel
Transmission: six-speed manual (optional six-speed automatic)
Power: 126 bhp at 4,000 rpm
Torque: 192 Nm at between 1,900 and 2,750 rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 76.3 mpg
CO2 emissions: 97 g/km
Top speed: 122 mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 11.5 seconds

Audi A3 2.0 TDI 150PS - First Drive

Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel
Transmission: six-speed manual
Power: 150 PS between 3,500 and 4,000 rpm
Torque: 320 Nm between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 68.9 mpg
CO2 emissions: 106 g/km
Top speed: 134 mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 8.6 seconds

Bentley sets out engine options for future SUV

When Bentley unveiled its EXP 9 F SUV concept car at the Geneva Motor Show, the reaction was largely negative. But the company is holding its nerve, and far from dropping the EXP 9 F, or at least rejigging it in order to meet some of the criticisms of its styling, Bentley has been pushing it again at the Beijing Motor Show, this time setting out the likely powertrain options.

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

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Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

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The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

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Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

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