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At least five people have been killed in an explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan, according to news reports.

US dollar dips as Lawrence Summers quits Federal Reserve race

The US dollar slid while bonds and shares rallied on Monday after the withdrawal of Lawrence Summers from the race to head the Federal Reserve suggested a more gradual approach to tightening monetary policy.

A photo issued by police Scotland of some tablets that are being sold as ecstasy that contain dangerous chemicals following a seventh death related to drug-taking

Drug amnesty bins at T in the Park over deaths linked to 'Rolex' ecstasy pills

Teenager Demi Campbell becomes the seventeenth UK victim of PMA tablets

Fake ecstasy pill kills teenager in West Dunbartonshire

A teenager has died after taking fake ecstasy tablets – the seventh reported death linked to the pills.

Stephen Donald

All Black hero Stephen Donald pulls plug on Bath to head to Japan

Stephen Donald, the outside-half from New Zealand who kicked the All Blacks to a first world title in almost a quarter of a century before flying halfway round the planet for a lucrative stint in Premiership rugby with Bath, has had enough of life in these parts. He is about to leave the Recreation Ground with a season still left on his very expensive contract and take up employment in Japan, where the weekly demands on mind and body are somewhat less severe.

Earl of Cardigan acquitted of assault

A Wiltshire aristocrat has been acquitted of assaulting one of his family estate's trustees.

Anglo American sells a £1.1bn stake

Anglo American has agreed to sell a stake in its coveted south central Chile properties to Chilean rival Codelco for $1.7bn (£1.1bn), a discount to the $2.8bn market price, ending a bruising 10-month battle between the mining titans.

Equestrian: Badminton Horse Trials cancelled following heavy rain

Organisers have cancelled this year's Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials after they accepted there was "no chance" of the ground drying out in time.

Thieves steal car with five-year-old boy inside

A mother described today how she was "traumatised" when thieves stole her performance car with her five-year-old son still inside.

Qantas to axe 1,000 jobs and launch two new airlines

The Australian airline Qantas is to cut up to 1,000 jobs as part of a major shake-up of its international business that will include the launch of a new Asia-based airline.

Mitsubishi and Rio bid for all of Coal & Allied

Rio Tinto and Mitsubishi have offered to buy out the smaller shareholders in Australia's Coal & Allied Industries for A$1.5bn (£948m) in the latest sign of consolidation in the international mining sector.

Deloitte survey points to long wait for mass adoption of electric cars

A Europe-wide survey conducted by the consulting firm Deloitte points to widespread interest in electric vehicles (EVs), but also suggests that only a minority think that they may be in the first wave of customers for the technology themselves.

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Mitsubishi's customised police vehicles

Julian Knight: Lordy! 'Never had it so good' gaffe costs Young his job. But he was right

I'm glad Lord Young has gone, but not for his "never had it so good" gaffe.

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