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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.

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The Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari opens in Modena

A new Enzo Ferrari birthplace museum opened this week in Modena in Italy. The Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari stands on the site of the house in which Ferrari was born in 1898, and celebrates not only his long life and many achievements, but also the remarkable central role of his home town in the development of the Italian motor industry.

Fernando Alonso is urging Ferarri to improve this season

New Ferrari 'hard to drive', admits Alonso

Fernando Alonso has warned that Ferrari must "improve a lot" if they are to mount a serious bid for the 2012 Formula One world titles.

Woman found stabbed to death in Hackney

The body of a woman apparently stabbed to death shortly after being kidnapped from her home yesterday morning has been found in an abandoned car in Hackney, east London.

Volkswagen Beetle

In its latest reinvention, its third – all the cartoon aspects of the previous VW have been replaced

Sean O'Grady: Ageing Italians on the slow train to ruin

Il miracolo economico of the 1960s was possible because a vast reservoir of underemployed agricultural workers could be lured into the cities

Lancia Ypsilon

It may have a bewilidering family tree, but the new Ypsilon is still a likeable little car

The business on...John Elkann, Chairman, Fiat

He looks a little young?

Yes, he is rather fresh-faced – he turned 35 a couple of months ago.

Fiat closes in on Chrysler after $1.27bn share buy

Fiat will control the historic US carmaker Chrysler by the end of the year, the Italian company believes, bringing it closer to its goal of becoming a truly integrated global auto giant.

Jeep Compass 2.2 CRD 4x4

It's one of the oldest jokes around. Brainy but ugly old university professor to pretty young blonde: “Why don't we make babies together? With my brains and your looks, they'd conquer the world one day.” Pretty young (and obviously not so dumb) blonde to university professor: “But what happens if they end up with my brains and your looks?”.

Doctors demand David Kelly inquest

Fresh information about the absence of fingerprints on items found near the body of government scientist David Kelly has strengthened the case for a full inquest into his death, campaigners have told the Attorney General.

Sepang so good for Stoner as he goes from strength to strength

Casey Stoner continued to dominate the pre-season as the MotoGP field returned to Sepang for three days of testing before the start of the season.

Geneva Motor Show: A glimpse of the future

David Wilkins enjoys a sneak preview of next month's Geneva Motor Show

One man heads back to the drawing board

Chris Reitz has left his role at a major manufacturer to help develop a hydrogen fuel-cell car.

The Business on: Sergio Marchionne, Chief executive, Fiat and Chrysler

Do the Italians still love the man who turned Fiat around?

Inbetweeners complete Rude Road Trip

The 'Inbetweeners' boys completed their Rude Road Trip yesterday afternoon.

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Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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A fresh take on an old foe

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Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

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Europe's biggest steampunk convention

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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

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