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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.

Super-Marchio puts his foot down at Fiat

Sergio Marchionne wants his little Italian firm up with the auto giants, and fast.

Fiat Qubo M-Jet Dynamic

Jeremy Warner: Fiat's marriage in heaven is triumph of hope over experience

Outlook: I'm sorry, but I just don't see it. Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat, is self-evidently an inspirational business leader with a superficially compelling vision for creating a global auto manufacturer of sufficient scale to survive and prosper.

Janet Street-Porter: At least politics is brightened up by the Berlusconis

It's seconds out in the battle between Silvio Berlusconi and his long-suffering wife Veronica.

GM's European future is still hanging in the balance

Fiat's talks with German government over Opel also include Vauxhall in the UK

Fiat CEO in Berlin to pitch plan for Europe giant

Fiat SpA's chief executive visits Berlin on Monday to try to convince Germany's political leaders to sign up to his vision for a new European car giant by letting him take over General Motors Corp's Opel unit.

Margareta Pagano: Hedgies don't deserve to be hunted to death

Once again, the Brussels bureaucrats have got the wrong enemy with their latest attack on the hedge fund and private equity industries. The EU's directive on tougher controls for the industry is a bad and unnecessary piece of regulation on two simple counts and should be booted out of court.

Italian-owned Fiat ready to jump start bankrupt Chrysler

Sergio Marchionne's company will take majority control in five years if US car-maker repays $10.5bn

Italian tradition meets New World culture

The son of an Italian immigrant has returned to the motherland to resurrect its industrial ambitions. Peter Popham reports

Fiat rides to rescue of ailing Chrysler

The bankrupt auto giant that helped define the American century has finally been saved by the surprise intervention of a resurgent European rival. Stephen Foley reports

Obama confirms Chrysler bankruptcy and Fiat deal

President Barack Obama confirmed today that car maker Chrysler LLC would go into Chapter 11 bankruptcy and enter a deal with Italy's Fiat to survive.

Fiat linked to deal to buy Vauxhall and Opel

Sources close to GM were last night downplaying claims from a German state minister that Fiat is in the running to buy the beleaguered US car giant's European business.

Car Choice: Don't let a rubbish local dealer narrow your options

Shirley Moffat has a three-year-old diesel Fiat Multipla and wonders whether to replace it, but the family still needs enormous amounts of space. Shirley and her husband have daily 50-mile commutes on rural roads. Another Multipla is a possibility, but she does not like the local Fiat dealer. Her budget is £14,000.

All Blacks return haka to tribe

The haka challenge made famous by the All Blacks' rugby team was given back to the Maori tribe whose ancestor devised it on Wednesday with the aim of protecting it from commercial exploitation.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee