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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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'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

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