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VW launches global competition for design talent

The first worldwide Volkswagen Design Contest has been launched, with the manufacturer seeking young design talent to submit concepts for an exciting car and scenario for a video game.



Jaguar XJR: An executive super-Saloon in a class of its own

Jaguar’s chief designer Ian Callum did a fine job on the exterior of the XJR, a luxury saloon that would not be out of place in front of 10 Downing Street.






Cyrus gets restraining order against crazy fan

LOS ANGELES: Miley Cyrus obtained a temporary restraining order Friday against an Arizona man who was recently detained by police while trying to meet the singer-actress.





Big plans in works for NY’s gritty ‘Wild West’

It was once a gritty stretch of Manhattan known for rail yards, warehouses and aging industrial buildings, so desolate it was dubbed “The Wild, Wild West.”



Solar lamps made from bike parts transform lives in Mali

MOBILE solar-powered street lamps made from old bicycle parts are changing lives in Mali, where villagers often work by night to escape the heat despite 90 percent having no mains electricity.

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