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Shell saves $600m on gas deal with Repsol

Royal Dutch Shell has saved $600m (£362m) on a deal to buy rival Repsol’s liquefied natural gas assets in Trinidad, Peru and Spain. The supermajor had agreed to buy the portfolio for $4.4bn last February, but will now only be spending $3.8bn on Repsol’s LNG work outside of North America.

Motoring review: Fiat 500L 1.6 Multijet Pop Star

Can Fiat's classic 500 retain its charm as an MPV?

Postcard from... Milan

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 28 May 2013

Fiat fuelled by Chrysler rumours

Fiat driven by Chrysler speculation

Speculation that Fiat was close to a long-awaited deal to buy the remainder of America's Chysler drove up the Italian car manufacturer's shares yesterday, as traders looked forward to a potential public offering in the US by the combined business.

Plea to Fiat not to abandon Italy

The Italian Industry Minister, Flavio Zanonato, has asked Fiat to stay in Italy following its planned merger with Chrysler, which has led labour unions to fear that the car maker plans to move its headquarters to the United States.

James Harding, incoming Director of News at the BBC

Incoming BBC news director promises action for more on-air female journalists

James Harding, the incoming Director of News at the BBC, has admitted his discomfort at the lack of women broadcasters on the BBC's bulletins and has promised to address the issue as a priority.

UK sales boom lifts European gloom

Europe’s struggling car industry ended a dire 18-month run of declining sales in April thanks to booming sales in the UK, figures showed yesterday.

Postcard from... Lecce

It’s not easy for professional football players to acquire a reputation for being more stupid or badly behaved than common opinion already holds.

Fiat may buy up and float Chrysler

Chrysler, the US car giant that is majority-owned by Fiat, could end up being fully owned by the Italian group, which is mulling plans to buy up the business and then float it on the New York Stock Exchange.

Ferrari drives to its best-ever year

Luxury carmaker Ferrari has declared that 2012 was the best year in its 66-year history.

Edicts from Whitehall are not enough

The report highlights shocking failures in patient care at Stafford Hospital. The central question now is whether Robert Francis’s diagnosis of the causes of these failures and his recommendations will prevent anything like this happening again.

Two police officers hospitalised after patrol car crash

Two police officers have been taken to hospital after their patrol car overturned as they responded to a 999 call reporting disorder outside a pub.

Fiat sees European profits stalling

Fiat, the Italian car maker, underlined the dire conditions facing motor manufacturers yesterday as it warned its European profits could be a third lower in 2013 and 2014 than it had hoped for.

Joss Stone murder plot trial adjourned

The trial of two men accused of hatching a murder plot involving singer Joss Stone has been adjourned until next year.

Fiat revamps Abarth 500 line-up

Two new variants have been added to the range

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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea