Guardian News Service

Nearly 70 per cent of funding for the agency comes from car companies it investigates, lawyers call for robust and transparent probe into the rigged devices by and independent agency 

Liquid water runs down canyons and crater walls over the summer months on Mars, according to researchers who say the discovery raises the odds of the planet being home to some form of life.


British Chancellor George Osborne today heralded the “next big step” in Britain’s relationship with Beijing when he unveiled a new visa system to make it easier for Chinese business leaders and rich tourists to visit the UK.

Former British minister, Chris Huhne, says he was in ‘utter ignorance’ of Prism and Tempora and calls for tighter oversight of security services.

In Hollywood, the screenwriter William Goldman once observed, “nobody knows anything”. Now, however, everybody knows at least one thing: whatever you do, be nice to China. If your movie features a Chinese villain, change his nationality. If your plot omits a scene in China, insert one - preferably with gleaming skyscrapers. If your production deal lacks a Chinese partner, find one. If Beijing’s censors dislike certain scenes, cut them.

Two Republican Congress members have complained to the Obama administration over Jay-Z and Beyonce's trip to Cuba, which is still subject to a trade embargo imposed by the US government that restricts US tourism.