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

Rockefeller's descendants tell Exxon to face the reality of climate change

Descendants of John D Rockefeller, America's first and biggest oil industry magnate, say that ExxonMobil, a company spawned from his 19th-century monopoly Standard Oil, faces becoming obsolete if it does not step up the search for alternative fuels.

Shell to axe 180 jobs in Scotland

Royal Dutch Shell Plc said on Wednesday it is to cut 180 jobs in Aberdeen and review practices regarding contractors, as it sells oilfields in the North Sea.

Johann Hari: I like to be informed – but TV's not helping

It's easy to forget as we bullet down the information super-highway, but 67 per cent of British people still get "most" or "all" of their news from the old-fangled flashing box in the corner of the living room. (And kitchen, and bedroom, and kids' bedrooms, and... hey! Put down the remote and listen to me.) But something sad is happening on that box. Politics – the democratic debate that determines our fate – is slowly, steadily disappearing, or being rendered ever-more useless. Where the top-ranking politics shows used to be, there is now a message: We're sorry if your picture has been disrupted. Normal service will not resume, ever.

Tobacco and oil pay for climate conference

The first international conference designed to question the scientific consensus on climate change is being sponsored by a right-wing American think-tank which receives money from the oil industry.

Exxon could face payout 20 years after oil spill

Just after midnight, almost 20 years ago, an unqualified crewman was at the helm of the Exxon Valdez super-tanker when it ran on to a reef sending 11 million gallons of crude oil spilling into the Prince William Sound.

Hayward to reveal BP's green shoots

BP chief executive Tony Hayward is this week expected to put the problems of a self-confessed "dreadful" 2007 behind him when he unveils the green shoots of recovery at the struggling oil major.

Exxon Mobil gushes past $40bn mark to set new profit benchmark

Exxon Mobil, the world's largest oil company, yesterday unveiled the biggest ever annual profit from a quoted corporation, breaking through the $40bn (£20bn) barrier for the first time.

Final bow for 'Stars in Their Eyes'?

Television show Stars In Their Eyes is reportedly facing the axe after 16 years on British screens.

James Lawton: Henry's conscience clear as he ponders final dangerous night in Arsenal colours

Half a century or so ago there was a summer in Spain when two great matadors, Antonio Ordonez and Luis Dominguin, fought mano a mano, hand to hand, with a simple, thrilling imperative. It was to prove who was better, who had the more sublime talent and the hardest competitive nerve.

The Investment Column: Carillion is still building value

Technology fund IP2IPO offers risk and rewards - Overambitious Hemscott is best avoided for now

Business Essentials: Does Freshwater need a big fish to float in the City?

A marketing firm with its sights set on an AIM listing wants to know how to get the best specialist advice, says Kate Hilpern

Confront the taboo with an instant will

A new breed of DIY testaments will make it easier to plan for our mortality, says Sam Dunn. But beware of the pitfalls

Outlook: Chinese burn for BP's unstoppable oil gusher

WE'VE HAD Shell, we've had Exxon Mobil; yesterday it was BP's turn to step up to the podium and although the size of its profits put the company firmly in bronze medal position, it was a performance worthy of the gold. Some $13.7bn was returned to shareholders in dividends and buy- backs last year, with a further $23bn promised for the next two. Since this is predicated on an average oil price of "only" $30 a barrel, there's a strong likelihood of a great deal more. At last year's rate of capital return, it would take only 16 years for BP to pay back its entire stock market capitalisation.
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