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The Environment Agency has issued a set of severe flood warnings, the highest category

A police poster issued after Etan Patz went missing in 1979

Solved after 33 years? Case of first missing boy shown on milk carton

Man confesses to killing of six-year-old whose disappearance prompted long-running campaign

Pre-1960 vehicles to be exempted from MoT

Classic and historic vehicles are to be exempted from the annual MoT test, the Government announced today.

Two killed in Bogota explosion

A bomb targeting a former Colombian interior minister killed at least two people today and injured at least 19 others in the heart of Bogota's commercial district, authorities said.

Fears for security of unarmed observers in Syria as bomb narrowly misses UN monitor convoy

Fears for the security of unarmed observers in Syria were heightened today after a roadside bomb struck an army truck accompanying a convoy of UN monitors, amid mounting warnings that the country risks slipping into a full scale civil war.

O'Brien's lesser lights stride into frame for Epsom Classics

The established Ballydoyle stars are scheduled to glitter at Newmarket at the weekend, with Camelot and Maybe, last year's top-rated juvenile colt and filly, short-priced favourites for the 2,000 Guineas and 1,000 Guineas respectively. But there have been echoes of light from some of their less-exposed Aidan O'Brien stablemates, notably the filly Kissed at Navan yesterday and the colt Imperial Monarch at Sandown on Saturday.

Police quesion man after Tottenham Court Road office siege

Detectives were continuing today to question a 48-year-old man arrested following a siege in central London.

Smash, Sky Atlantic, Saturday / The Bridge, BBC4, Saturday

Saturdays have got sillier with Sky Atlantic's new and curiously dated series set on Broadway

Mini Cooper S Roadster

Engine: 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol, turbocharged
Transmission: six-speed manual
Power: 184 PS
Torque: 240 Nm between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 47.1 mpg
CO2 emissions: 139 g/km
Top speed: 141 mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 7.0 seconds
Price: £20,905

Porsche Boxster S

Porsche's Boxster sheds its apologetic skin to reveal the beast within

Police arrest man with 'large axe' near Honiton

A man armed with a "large axe" has been arrested after attacking a police car in a rural village, a force said today.

BMW hits new first quarter sales record 

Luxury carmaker BMW says its worldwide sales rose to a new record for the first quarter, fueled by rising deliveries in China and the United States.

Millionaire's daughter Laura Johnson convicted over riots looting

A millionaire's daughter was warned she could be jailed after being convicted today of driving looters on a late-night crime spree at the height of last summer's riots.

New, smaller bid from Canopius

The 18-month battle for control of Omega, the Lloyd's of London insurer, took another twist yesterday when its rival Canopius approached with a £156m takeover offer.

Preview: Steel Battalion Heavy Armor

You know you’re in for something different when Kinect has you standing up, sitting down and stretching your arms out, all in a bid to correctly calibrate its sensor.

Mechanic jailed over Porsche death

A former Kwik Fit mechanic who killed an eight-year-old boy while driving a customer's Porsche 911 was jailed for six and a half years today.

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