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Helicopter-maker AgustaWestland has been awarded two Ministry of Defence contracts worth £760 million which will secure more than 1,000 jobs in the UK.

The stethoscope remains the most visible symbol of the doctor's profession

Are the days of the humble stethoscope numbered? The definitive doctor's tool is in danger of being replaced by a portable ultrasound device

The only thing is that the pocket-sized GE Healthcare VScan costs a cool £5,000

Barrels containing high level radioactive nuclear waste are stored in a pool to keep cool before being reprocessed at Sellafield nuclear plant

Revealed: UK Government's radical plan to ‘burn up’ UK’s mountain of plutonium

Stock of one of the most dangerous radioactive substances, has already exceeded 100 tonnes and is likely to grow to as much as 140 tonnes by 2020,

Robbie the robot in a Japanese adventure: British firm's creation sent to Fukushima

British group's prototype will work in the Fukushima disaster zone, says Mark Leftly

Guns for sale: Browsing at a previous DSEi arms show

Church of England has up to £10m invested in arms firm

On eve of protests at London arms fair, C of E is accused of failing to live up to the 'spirit' of its own investment policy

Investment Insider: Look at the US to fill gaps in your portfolio

Sometimes there are just no British equivalents to some American companies

Nick Clegg looks out of a helicopter window over the new Centrica Energy Lincs offshore wind farm off the Lincolnshire coast

26,000 new jobs lined up in Nick Clegg's seven-year plan to boost offshore windfarms

Deputy PM wants to more than quadruple industry, but critics say lack of clear targets is holding back confidence

UBS pays millions to settle US mortgage mis-selling claim

UBS, the Swiss bank that employs thousands of people in the City, has agreed to settle a multimillion-dollar legal case brought against it for selling mortgage-based investments which went bad in the financial crisis.

Market Report: Bank guru’s faith causes RBS to leap

Punters with an interest in financial stocks have been avid followers of the banking guru Ian Gordon at Investec, and his latest missive pushed up Royal Bank of Scotland by more than 5 per cent. Mr Gordon’s stance on the taxpayer-owned bank changed from negative – after more than five months as a seller – in March, when he moved to a hold rating. He raised this to a buy earlier in the summer, and now thinks RBS will be a “key beneficiary of last Friday’s strong mortgage data”. (May was the best month since October 2008.)

General Electric fans flames of Invensys bidding war

US conglomerate General Electric is believed to be considering a £3.5bn bid for Invensys in a move that could lead to an international tug-of-war for the British engineer.

Jamie Oliver opening his restaurant at Gatwick airport

Gatwick stays grounded in the red despite increase in passengers

Gatwick airport posted a £29.1 million loss today, despite new routes to Beijing and Istanbul boosting the number of passengers in its arrivals and departure lounges in the year to April.

Eric J Feight leaves the federal courthouse after his arraignment on Wednesday

FBI arrests two men accused of plotting to kill Barack Obama 'with home-made X-ray weapon'

Two men from upstate New York have been accused of hatching a bizarre plot to kill President Barack Obama and others they saw as “enemies of Israel” using a home-made X-ray weapon.

Men could face 15 years in prison for designing portable X-ray weapon 'to target President Obama and enemies of Israel' after Ku Klux Klan member tips off FBI

Glendon Scott Crawford and Eric J Feight charged with conspiracy to provide support to terrorists with the weapon

Valuation row dominates legal battle between Alpstream and General Electric aircraft leasing firm in High Court case of alleged rigged auction

The London High Court battle between an airline backed by media owner Alexander Lebedev and General Electric, the world’s biggest aeroplane lease business, saw scorn poured on the allegedly low-ball lease valuations set by GE in a disputed plane sale.

'Nothing short of madness': General Electric's GECAS accused of cashing in on cheap auction of planes it repossessed from Blue Wings

The way General Electric’s aeroplane-leasing division handled the sale of planes on behalf of Alpstream, a Swiss-based aviation company, was “nothing short of madness”, the High Court was told this week.

The Business Matrix: Thursday 25 April 2013

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