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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.

Driver sought over death of boy in hit-and-run incident

A hunt is under way for a hit-and-run driver who left a 14-year-old boy dead in the road after knocking him off his bike.

Alfa Romeo MiTo TwinAir

This alternative to mainstream small cars will stand out from the crowd

Vettel has been plagued by constant speculation this season linking him with a move

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel 'flattered' by Ferrari interest

Sebastian Vettel has again confirmed he would one day love to drive for Ferrari, but admits life at Red Bull could continue to be too good to leave.

The science of success: From CERN to car parts

A Birmingham based manufacturer that played a part in finding the "God particle" by supplying parts for the Large Hadron Collider has won a lucrative car manufacturing contract on the back of its work with CERN.

Fiat 500L TwinAir

Fiat 500L TwinAir - First Drive

The cunning plan? Build it quite big but align it to the company’s best-loved small car in the hope that some of the magic will rub off

With records in mind, Giovanni Soldini will be relying on the sail power of a beefed up 70-foot yacht, rather than V8 power of a Maserati GranCabrio Sport

Giovanni Soldini talks up Class 40

He’s raced around the world alone, crossed the Atlantic umpteen times, and is currently chasing records in a supercharged beast of a Volvo 70, but Giovanni Soldini, highly critical of the current state of ocean racing, is telling everyone who will listen that a much smaller yacht, the Class 40, is today’s best bet for the next few years.

Fernando Alonso’s fifth place can be seen as a positive for Ferrari

We must spend less, say Ferrari

Ferrari, once the highest-spending team in Formula 1, have called for cost controls to ensure that the way in which the sport is run reflects the world's economic situation.

Hit-and-run death driver jailed

A motorist who killed a six-year-old boy in a hit-and-run incident while driving at almost twice the speed limit was today jailed for five years and three months.

Alonso backs Massa's class

Fernando Alonso has promised his Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa his full support for the remainder of the season as he is convinced the Brazilian is capable of fighting for wins.

Chrysler 300C

Chrysler 300C - First Drive

Out on the road, the new 300C is smooth, quick and quiet

Mark Cavendish hits the ground at speed, but eventually crosses finish line minus several layers of skin

Mark Cavendish sees red over Ferrari crash

A spectacular last-kilometre crash in the Giro d'Italia yesterday left Mark Cavendish to finish the stage battered and bleeding. Race leader Taylor Phinney crossed the line in an ambulance.

Massa is coming under increasing pressure at Ferrari

Worried Massa puts in overtime

Felipe Massa has abandoned plans to return home to Brazil in a bid to improve results and potentially save his Ferrari career.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCT - First Drive

Engine: 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol, turbocharged
Transmission: six-speed Alfa TCT dual-clutch automatic/sequential
Power: 170 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Torque: 230 Nm at 2,250 rpm (250 Nm at 2,500 rpm in Dynamic mode)
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 54.3 mpg
CO2 emissions: 121 g/km
Top speed: 135 mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 7.7 seconds

Price: from £21,855 (Lusso trim)

Kimi Raikkonen is back in Formula One after a spell in rallying

Kimi back to his mumbling best

Kimi Raikkonen took a step towards never being invited to another official press conference here yesterday, proving that two seasons of crashing rally cars has had no adverse impact on his ability to speak Morse code.

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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

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Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

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