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

Watch the Audi MedCup Live!

Live footage from the latest stage of the Audi MedCup series in Sardinia.

The Hacker: I like looking over the other side of the fence but not from a ditch

One of the highlights of my week at The Open was sharing a moment on the tee with the big-hitting American Bubba Watson. We were both sizing up our drivesat precisely the same time.

Audi Q3

If you want an SUV oozing style and Germanic quality, this new 'Q' will be tough to beat

Ex-gangster Dave Courtney's stepson shot dead

The stepson of the well-known gangland author, Dave Courtney, has been shot dead in a car.

Man-Scania merger will create a new force in trucks

The German car giant Volkswagen is taking over the Munich-based truck maker Man and plans to merge the group with its Swedish truck business, Scania.

Greenpeace drops spoof VW advert

A Greenpeace video attacking the environmental record of Volkswagen has been dropped from the internet after a complaint from the creator of Star Wars.

Britain's Tony Langley wins in tough Audi MedCup conditions

Every kind of shake of the dice was thrown at the Audi MedCup fleet on the second day of the Marseille Trophy. There were more traps and windless bunkers than on a championship golf course. But out of it came an astonishing win in the second race for Britain’s Tony Langley on Gladiator as the overall leader, the American boat Quantum was last.

Volkwagen California

iDrive: 'The California boasts all mod-cons, but is it really worth £46,000?'

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 2.0 TSI

Nine years after it disappeared from the showrooms, the Golf convertible has returned – and it is an impressive improvement on its Eighties ancestor

Seat Leon 1.2 TSI Copa

Top speed: 115 mph

Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 11 seconds

Fuel consumption: 52.3 mpg

CO2 emissions: 124 g/km

Price: 1.2 TSI S Copa £16,180, 1.2 TSI SE Copa £16,940

Volkswagen launches takeover bid for truck maker Man

Volkswagen has raised its stake in the truck maker Man to more than 30 per cent, triggering a mandatory takeover offer for the whole company under German law.

Laura Mugridge's intimate tales in a campervan

Laura Mugridge's debut solo theatre show takes place in a 1978 vintage VW campervan called Joni. The show Running on Air is seen by five audience members at a time. It debuted at the Edinburgh Festival last year, where it picked up a Fringe First award and has just started a tour of the UK.

Killed at the Whim of a Hat, By Colin Cotterill

The new number one lady detective

Skoda Superb GreenLine II 1.6 TDI CR

Price: Superb range from £17,455, Greenline models from £18,685

Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 12.5 seconds

Fuel consumption: 64.2 mpg

CO2 emissions: 114 g/km

Alfa Romeo Guilietta - iDrive

The Giulietta delivers rapid performance with just enough practicality

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...