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Virgin Galactic achieve first solo glide flight

Virgin Galactic's space tourism rocket SpaceShipTwo achieved its first solo glide flight, marking another step in the company's eventual plans to fly paying passengers.

Stephen King: Will Europe's debt crisis lead to closer political union?

At the beginning of the year, Ireland was the poster child for the merchants of austerity. While the people of Greece seemed either unable or unwilling to accept massive cuts in public spending, the Irish stoically accepted their fate, resigned to a prolonged period of self-flagellation.

Japan steps in to weaken the yen for first time in six years

Japan has poured more than 1 trillion yen into the foreign exchange markets to pull down the value of its currency, whose strength has threatened to undermine the country's economy.

Over-supply of bananas hits Fyffes

A banana glut and rising costs reduced first-half profits at Fyffes, the tropical fruits distributor.

Fine is imposed after Whale killed trainer

The US federal job safety agency fined SeaWorld Orlando 75,000 US dollars for three violations uncovered while investigating the February death of a trainer who was grabbed by a killer whale and dragged underwater.

'Static Kill' operation a success, says BP

BP said today that its "static kill" operation to begin permanently shutting off the Gulf of Mexico oil well had been a success.

New BP chief executive in recovery pledge

BP's new chief executive today pledged to put the oil giant "on the road to recovery" as it reeled under a 32.2 billion US dollar (£20.8 billion) blow from the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

US companies go head to head in battle to buy Scott Wilson

The American engineering company CHM Hill confirmed an offer for its UK peer, Scott Wilson, after making an audacious attempt to block a bid from a US rival.

BP boss hands over control of Gulf crisis

Under-fire BP boss Tony Hayward today handed over day-to-day control of the Gulf of Mexico crisis as the oil giant set up a new division to manage the spill.

Beleaguered BP chief pulls out of conference

Environmental protesters disrupted an oil industry conference today but failed in their efforts to ambush BP's under-fire chief executive Tony Hayward.

China relaxes yuan rate stance

China has signalled that it may adopt a more flexible exchange rate for its currency, ending its two-year policy of pegging the yuan to the US dollar.

Prudential left with £450m bill as AIA deal collapses

Insurer Prudential was left with a £450 million bill today after its £24 billion Asian adventure came to a humiliating end.

M&S puts aside extra £800m to try to close £1.3bn pension deficit

Marks and Spencer has agreed a pension funding package worth £800m in an attempt to close the scheme's deficit. The group's defined benefit scheme, which has 123,000 members, faced a £1.3bn shortfall when its last valuation was carried out at the end of March last year. In order to close this, M&S has agreed to pay in an additional £376m between now and 2018.

FSA talks delay Prudential cash call

Insurance giant Prudential today suffered a setback in its launch of a record 21 billion US dollar (£13.8 billion) fundraising and mammoth Asian takeover.

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