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Isabel Taylor and Duncan MacWatt assumed their precious photos had been lost forever when Mrs Taylor dropped a bag containing a memory card

BP boost from Alaska deal

BP AMOCO is close to finalising a controversial deal that would make it the world's second-largest oil company.

US concerns over Arco hits BP Amoco shares

BP AMOCO is still confident that its deal to acquire Arco will go ahead, despite reported objections from the Alaskan government and the United States competition authorities, the company said yesterday.

A crumb of comfort in a land without maps

`An Englishman is uneasy unless he knows which ocean will finally receive his urination'

The amazing truth about the United States of America

A TEACHER at school once asked us in a geography lesson which was further east, Edinburgh or Liverpool, and those of us who could tell east from west, and knew which side of Britain which city was on, had no hesitation in shooting our hands up and saying that Edinburgh was further east.

The bear necessities

So there you are, in the Yukon, grizzly capital of the world, armed only with a bottle of Chardonnay

Russians want part of Alaska returned

ONE HUNDRED and thirty-two years after selling the vast and mineral- rich land of Alaska to the United States for $7.2m - a mere two cents an acre - in one of history's least lucrative land deals, Russia wants some of it back.

SPORTING DIGEST: DOG-SLED RACING

SPORTING DIGEST: DOG-SLED RACING

Climbers rescued at 19,500 ft Britons

TWO BRITISH climbers have been plucked by helicopter from near the peak of North America's highest mountain in after being trapped at temperatures below -30C.

BP strikes it rich in America

The British oil giant has grown into a behemoth, writes David Brierley

Racing: Clues point to Russian

THERE ARE times when the gods of punting seem to be trying to tell you something, and the aftermath of the Spring Mile Handicap at Doncaster yesterday was one of them. After heavy rain at Town Moor on Thursday turned the ground soft, this was probably the best clue anyone might get to the effect of the draw in today's Lincoln Handicap, but the evidence, to say the least, was mixed.

America's last frontier

Who would have thought that grizzly bears could be shy? Linda Green decided that if they wouldn't come to her, she would track them down at home

Drama: Bridges of Hazzard County

Maximum Bob BBC2

Russian police hunt armed gang

Russian police hunt armed gang

Where to experience the States' four extremes of the compass

From California to New York Island... but the song got it wrong, as Gareth Lloyd explains
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?
Season's finale brings the end of an era for top coaches and players across the continent

The end of an era across the continent

It's time to say farewell to Klopp, Clement, Casillas and Xavi this weekend as they move on to pastures new, reports Pete Jenson
Bin Laden documents released: Papers reveal his obsession with attacking the US and how his failure to keep up with modern jihad led to Isis

'Focus on killing American people'

Released Bin Laden documents reveal obsession with attacking United States
Life hacks: The innovations of volunteers and medical workers are helping Medécins Sans Frontières save people around the world

Medécins Sans Frontières's life hacks

The innovations of volunteers and medical workers around the world are helping the charity save people
Ireland's same-sex marriage vote: As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?

Same-sex marriage

As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?
The underworld is going freelance: Why The Godfather's Mafia model is no longer viable

The Mafia is going freelance

Why the underworld model depicted in The Godfather is no longer viable