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Have your say in the Telegraph Cars Awards - and win an iPad

Car sales in the UK are at record levels, but how do you choose the best model for you? Well, Telegraph Cars and our jargon-free online reviews are a great place to start, providing you with concise, expert verdicts on a wide range of new cars.<p>Each is broken down into sections, including space, …

'I let witch doctors steam my wife alive': Chinese villagers defy government attempts to stamp out black magic

After other black magic rituals failed to cure his wife's ailments, Yan Yingmao relented to the Chinese witch doctors’ wishes: she would be steamed alive until the "ghosts" were dispelled from her body.<p>The two men who had been "treating" the woman proceeded to place her inside a wooden barrel …

This is why we toast each other and clink our glasses before drinking

<b>It’s not something we spend much time thinking about. You toast one another, you ‘cheers’, you clink glasses, and then the rest is (often forgotten)</b> …

London Underground
Commuter Rail
Coastlines

Chinese New Year 2018: Year of the Dog and why to avoid medicine, laundry and crying children

Chinese New Year is here - and, with it, comes a host of superstitions that will apparently dictate how the next twelve months will play out for each of us.<p>Cleaning clothes, using scissors and sweeping floors are some of the easier omens to sidestep, however parents might find it difficult to dodge …

Billionaire Li Ka-shing: Always A Chinese Patriot

Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing (李嘉誠)might be the first Hong Kong tycoon to be accused of abandoning the motherland at a time of sharp economic downturn. He is not the last. This month, the Cheng family of New World Development had to give a rare press conference just to deny it is withdrawing …

China

Wall Street Expects Apple to Narrowly Beat Its Q1 Guidance

In the bad old days, when Steve Jobs was still blowing smoke up Wall Street’s skirts, the forward-looking statements that Apple gave analysts were an …

Wall Street

Nespresso sues coffee rival for using George Clooney lookalike

Israeli Espresso Club uses an actor with a striking resemblance to the Hollywood star in one of its adverts<p>A George Clooney doppelganger is brewing up tensions between two coffee companies in Israel.<p>Nespresso is suing the Israeli Espresso Club for using an actor with a striking resemblance to the …

£52bn wiped off UK’s top companies, as blue-chip index closes at same level of exactly 10 years ago

FTSE dragged into bear market after falling by more than 20pc from April highs<p>UK shares slumped into a bear market yesterday as oil resumed its slide and fears of a China-led global economic slowdown continued to haunt investors.<p>Britain’s biggest companies saw tens of billions of pounds wiped off …

Manslaughter trial doctor admits he should have acted sooner to save Caesarean section mum

Dr Errol Cornish admitted that he should have taken more urgent steps to revive mother-of-two Frances Cappuccini<p>A doctor accused of the manslaughter of a mother of two who died after giving birth by Caesarean section admitted he should have acted sooner to save her life, a court heard yesterday.<p>Dr …

Ban Donald Trump from Britain? We’d be better off banning online petitions

POLITICAL SKETCH: A great day for democracy, as MPs waste three hours debating a ban they couldn’t enforce even if they wanted to<p>Freedom of speech is all well and good. But the truth of the matter is this. A line has been crossed. And it’s time our politicians acted to prevent it ever happening …

62 richest people own as much as half of the world's population put together

• <b>Around 73 million people are richer than the rest of the world put together</b>• <b><br>Findings have been released ahead of the annual World Economic Forum</b>• <b><br>Report</b> …

Dog food fit for humans proves a hit with pet lovers

A new kind of dog food has become a surprise hit with pet lovers around the world, helping its inventors to hit a forecast revenue of nearly £500,000 in their first year in business.<p>Guru, which is based in Appley Bridge, Lancashire, has created a new kind of “cold pressed” dog food, a cooking …

Extremist groups must be allowed to preach on British campuses, new Oxford head says

Louise Richardson argues against "banning free speech" and says controversial Cecil Rhodes statue should stay<p>Extremist groups must be allowed to speak at British universities because to ban them would stifle free speech, the new vice chancellor of Oxford has said.<p>“We need to expose our students to …

Japan seeks Unesco status for sacred men-only island

Okinoshima, which is off-limits for women, is among five sites being put forward for the UN's World Heritage listings<p>A small Japanese island which refuses access to women is to be nominated by the government as a future Unesco World Heritage site.<p>Okinoshima, a sacred island off the coast of …

Lego to change its bulk order policy after row over Ai Weiwei exhibition

The Danish toymaker will no longer ask for “thematic purpose” of bricks it sells after it was accused of “censorship”<p>Lego has performed a U-turn on its bulk orders policy after it was engulfed in controversy when it refused an order from Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.<p>Mr Ai accused the company of “an act …

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British sailors given India jail time for weapons charges on anti-piracy mission

The five-year terms for the former servicemen were imposed two months after David Cameron wrote to Narendra Modi, Indian prime minister, to urge their release<p>Six British ex-servicemen have been sentenced to five years in prison in India on firearms charges after an arms cache was found on their …

Shares in BAE Systems hit 10-month high on rating upgrade

BAE Systems enjoys its second rating upgrade in six days, while FTSE ends the day down after China guides the yuan higher.<p><b>BAE Systems</b> is on track for “a very good year” thanks to an escalation in geopolitical tensions, according to analysts.<p>Shares in the FTSE 100 stock inched up 7p, or 1.3pc, to a …

Britain's hedgehogs at risk from unpredictable winter weather

The warm and wet weather in December followed by a cold snap this week is causing trouble for hedgehogs, which usually hibernate at this time of year<p>Britain’s hedgehog population is being put at risk by the unpredictable winter weather, with an anticipated cold snap expected to cause more problems …

Markets battling 'tsunami' of negativity

China is driving a "tsunami of negative psychology" that is keeping global markets down, a Wall Street analyst has warned<p>World stockmarkets are expected to struggle to bounce back from last week’s severe sell-off amid a “tsunami of negative psychology being driven by China”, one Wall Street analyst …

Church must repent for 'treating gays like second-class citizens'

More than 100 senior Anglicans sign letter to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, calling on the Church of England to apologise for treating gay people as 'a problem to be solved'<p>The organisers of a letter signed by more than 100 senior Anglicans, calling on the Church of England to apologise …

Environment Agency chairman faces renewed calls to quit as it emerges wife 'not from Barbados'

The agency had claimed that Sir Philip Dilley was absent during the flooding, because he was 'at home with his family, who are from Barbados'<p>The chairman of the Environment Agency has faced renewed calls to resign after it emerged that claims his wife was from Barbados, where he holidayed as …

Barbados

Mexican authorities want to question Sean Penn over El Chapo secret meeting

Details of how Joaquin Guzman was captured thanks to meeting with Hollywood star emerge as Mexican authorities prepare to extradite drug baron to the US<p>Sean Penn was under intense scrutiny on Sunday over a cloak-and-dagger interview with the Mexican drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman as …

Revealed: Government body helps asylum seekers quash convictions for illegal entry to Britain

Criminal Cases Review Commission encourages migrants to challenge criminal convictions related to their entry, such as fraud or using false passports<p>An official Government body is helping asylum seekers quash their convictions for illegal entry to Britain in a move MPs fear could “undermine …

North Africa

HMRC software firm raises £100m to expand in US

London-based EDM Group, which works with a number of organisations including the Revenue, plans to boost its resources at home and abroad<p>A British software company that puts exam papers online, allowing professors across the country to mark at the same time, has raised £100m from BlueBay Asset …

Investing

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in China

Seventh film in science fiction series still has a long way to go to beat Avatar in becoming highest grossing film of all time<p>The latest instalment of Star Wars has opened in cinemas across China, where its unpredictable popularity looks set to undermine expectations it would become the highest …

Box Office

Twitter user, 20, admits trolling mother of tragic toddler Jamie Bulger

Chloe Cowan, 20, breaks down in tears in the dock as she pleaded guilty to harassing Denise Fergus<p>A young woman has admitted trolling the mother of Jamie Bulger after sending her a series of vile messages on Twitter.<p>Chloe Cowan, 20, had previously denied harassing Denise Fergus, the mother of the …

Crime