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Eventful meeting for BP bosses

BP's top bosses contended with screaming environmental protesters, a backlash on executive pay and more anger over the company's record in the Gulf of Mexico at an eventful annual meeting today.

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig ablaze in April after the explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, off the south-east tip of Louisiana

BP clean-up operation 'a fiasco'

Frustrated protesters claimed today that oil giant BP's clean-up operation in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico disaster had been a "complete fiasco".

BP sells £250m North Sea assets

BP sold assets in the North Sea today in a £251.7 million deal but insisted it is still committed to developing around the UK.

Ex-governor James Ibori admits Nigeria fraud

The former governor of a Nigerian state today admitted fraud totalling nearly £50 million, said to be part of total embezzlement which could exceed £250 million.

Harry Redknapp: 'I write like a two-year-old'

Harry Redknapp takes to the stand over tax charges

Football boss Harry Redknapp told a jury today: "I have always paid my taxes."

£2.5m Cairn Energy shares windfall withdrawn amid shareholder pressure

A £2.5 million shares windfall for the founder of oil explorer Cairn Energy was withdrawn by the company today amid shareholder pressure.

Central banks wade in to stop second credit crunch

The US Federal Reserve and other major central banks ramped up their efforts to stave off another credit crunch yesterday by acting in concert to give lenders access to funds they need as the European sovereign debt storm rages on.

Central banks join forces to ward off credit crunch

Stock markets soar as investors welcome co-ordinated action to boost liquidity
Rory McIlroy watches a tee shot during his impressive round of 65

McIlroy glory hinges on Euro

Rory McIlroy may not after all have to win the last two events of the European Tour to catch Luke Donald at the top of the money list.

Gloomy report triggers shares rout

London's leading shares index fell 4.5% today - the 9th biggest fall in its history - amid fears the world is sliding into a double dip recession.

Go for gold: yellow metal makes return

Forty years since President Nixon dumped the gold standard system, Stephen Foley considers the calls for its return

US age of austerity isn't all bad news

What does Congress's deal mean for UK investors in a week when global markets are in turmoil? asks Bruce Love

China slams US 'debt addiction'

China's state-run news agency says America's 'debt-addiction' is threatening the world economy and that Washington must slash its defence and social welfare spending.

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Greatest mystery about the hit BBC1 show is how it continues to be made at all, writes Grace Dent

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"History is violent," says the US Army tank commander Don "Wardaddy" Collier

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker