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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.

Fiat pays out $18m to settle Iraq charges

Fiat, the Italian car maker, is paying almost $18m to settle claims that it paid bribes to officials in Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq under the United Nations oil-for-food program at the start of the decade.

Jail for sex act death crash driver

A drunk driver who killed a father and son was pleasuring himself at the wheel moments before the fatal crash, a court heard today.

Fiat heiress set for court fight over will

A feud at the Fiat dynasty has taken a dramatic turn after a close adviser to the car-maker's founding Agnelli family agreed to take up a court challenge from the only surviving child of the late Gianni Agnelli.

Ford KA

Nobody does it better than the new KA

Car Choice: Economical little runner with an eco-friendly vibe wanted

Ann Large is 64 and due to retire early next year. She currently runs a 1996 Fiat Punto diesel, which gives 53mpg and is very reliable. Ann loves it. However, she and her husband want a new small car that will be very cheap to run, with good reliability and low C02 emissions. Ann says that she is prepared to consider a finance scheme, which is the stress-free way to buy and run a new car, although it is always important to read the small print.

Fiat 500 Abarth

The new Fiat 500 Abarth packs a lot of power in its compact frame. But why is it covered in enamelled scorpions?

Head of Pininfarina is killed

Andrea Pininfarina, the chief executive of the Italian car design firm founded by his grandfather, which counts Ferraris and Alfa Romeos among its creations, died yesterday in a road accident near the northern Italian city of Turin.

Lorenzo the Spartan of speed

The rising star of MotoGP bears the scars of a roller-coaster rookie season. Gary James hears how a warrior race inspires the rider in his personal battles

Italian drivers face 19mph speed limit at home of Fiat

Turin, home of Fiat Motors and location of the film The Italian Job, has seen its normally wrangling politicians unite on a proposal to calm the city's manic traffic, imposing a draconian 30kph (19mph) speed limit on the densely populated Santa Rita section near the city centre.

UBS tries to restore credibility with boardroom shake-up

UBS announced the unexpected resignations of four directors yesterday as it began to overhaul its board in an attempt to restore stability.

Ferrari California

The car that says money: The Ferrari California appeals to the mega-rich of our carbon conscious 21st century ... people so wealthy that when the oil runs out they will be able to insulate their penthouses with spare banknotes

Motorcycling: Dominant Rossi sets mark for young rivals

Valentino Rossi grabbed the lead of the MotoGP championship at Le Mans yesterday with a devastating ride that earned him his 90th grand prix victory and broadcast to younger rivals that he remains hungry for an eighth world title.

Fiat 500

Could this little car overtake the Mini? The Fiat 500 has all the retro chic of BMW's superstar, at a more affordable price. David Wilkins is impressed
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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