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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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

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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
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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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