Sport Andy Murray recorded his first win since his comeback from injury after he beat Stanislas Wawrinka in straight-sets

The reigning Wimbledon champion suffered defeat on Thursday to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga but recovered to beat the Swiss in Abu Dhabi

Exxon warns against regulatory backlash on deep-water drilling after BP disaster

America's largest oil company, ExxonMobil, pleaded with politicians and regulators to hold off on new rules to curb drilling until the lessons of the Deepwater Horizon disaster have been fully understood.

More trouble on the horizon for BP as oil moves towards Florida

Company fears tidal wave of lawsuits as slick nears tourist areas

BP in new attempt to stem worst oil spill in US history

BP officials today expressed their disappointment at failing to plug the uncontrolled flow of oil from the worst spill in US history.

Anger grows along oil-ravaged beaches as Obama visits Louisiana

One day after President Barack Obama declared at the White House that he takes responsibility for the calamity unleashed by the British energy firm BP in the Gulf of Mexico, he arrived yesterday to sample for himself the destruction of coastal eco-systems and the despair of those whose livelihoods depend on them.

BP oil leak now worse than Exxon Valdez disaster

Leak rate five times worse than expected, claim scientists as oil company chief says it may 'kill' damaged well in 24 hours

Environmentalists try to ban release of synthetic life forms into the wild

Environmentalists have begun a concerted campaign to ensure that new forms of "artificial life" are never released into the wider environment because of fears that the life-forms will hasten the extinction of wild species.

Leading article: Dr Venter's research has thrilling possibilities

It was predictable that the news that scientists have made an artificial living cell would be greeted with jeremiads about Pandora's box, Frankenstein's monster and geneticists playing God.

Leading article: The time to assign blame will come later

Day by day, we are learning just how appalling and unstoppable the consequences can be when an oil pipe that is only 21 inches wide snaps open at the bottom of the sea. When the leak was first discovered at the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico on 22 April, most observers balanced worries about an incipient environmental disaster against a comforting assumption that within a few days BP would have patched it up. After that, the focus of attention could turn to cleaning up, allotting responsibility and making sure such an event was not repeated.

Oil production hit for decades after BP spill

A deep sea drilling moratorium will leave global supplies depleted just as demand gets greater

Leading article: It's not just BP we need answers from

As America grapples with what may be the worst oil spillage in history, eclipsing the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989, two questions demand answers: first, why was no remote control shut-off device installed at Deepwater Horizon? And second, is this disaster in the Gulf of Mexico connected to lobbying on the part of BP against the imposition of tighter safety controls for off-shore drilling? BP needs to provide convincing answers to both questions if it is not to find itself on the end of lawsuits that could wreak havoc with both its reputation and its finances.

Market Report: Election expectations fail to keep Capita in favour

Capita was held back as trading volumes thinned out last night ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico 'could be worse than Exxon Valdez disaster'

BP struggles to stop crude pouring from well a mile under the sea as growing slick menaces US coastline

US expects Gulf oil slick to hit land tomorrow

Senior Obama administration officials said on Thursday a widening oil spill in the US Gulf Coast will come ashore tomorrow evening and that it may take 90 days to shut off the oil leak valve.

David Prosser: Big oil gets caught out

Outlook: Shell has been trying to reduce its downstream exposure as quickly as it can

Mark Steel: Sussex will be desert before the climate deniers accept reality

Many prominent sceptics seem to be in the pay of the energy industry
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

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The stories that defined 2014

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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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