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But the whistleblower says he cannot go home when there’s ‘no chance to have a fair trial’

Plant hire firm helps storm clean-up

Cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy last November has led to booming revenues in the US for the plant-hire company Ashtead.

BP resigned to trial over Gulf of Mexico oil spill

BP has poured cold water on the prospects of settling a crucial court case due to begin in New Orleans on Monday that would determine its level of responsibility for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

British musicians gobble up largest-ever share of American albums market

The success of homegrown acts One Direction, Adele and Mumford & Sons helped push UK artists to their biggest-ever share of the US albums market last year.

Toyota boosts profits outlook thanks to US sales and weak yen

The world's biggest-selling car maker Toyota has kicked its profit forecast up a gear on the back of strong sales in the United States and the weak yen.

Album review: Local Natives, Hummingbird (Infectious)

Their 2009 debut album saw them compared to Fleet Foxes, who they claimed not to have even heard when they were making it.

Being Modern: Legal highs

Almost halfway through the traditional month of detox seems a good time to examine the grey area of legal highs. That such things exist in the first place can be traced back to the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1920, which represented Britain's first formal drug legislation. Cocaine was banned, with cannabis added to the list in 1928. LSD was prohibited in 1966, and the substance that came to be known as Ecstasy was added a few years later.

As cliffhanger ends, is it time to invest in US?

Problems still loom, but world-class companies are always worth a punt. Emma Dunkley reports

MoD supply reform hits problems

Doubts grow over business case for bringing private sector into military procurement

Mary Dejevsky: Britain should pass its own Magnitsky Act

It is possible that a 44-year-old Russian, whose body was found outside his house in Weybridge two weeks ago, died of natural causes. Such things happen. But this does not alter the fact that Alexander Perepilichnyy's death is mighty convenient. Who benefits? Other Russians whose nefarious activities stood to be exposed by his cooperation with Swiss banking investigators. Nor would they be just any other Russians, but state officials, police, tax officers and others implicated in the case of Sergei Magnitsky.

Richard O'Dwyer faced being the first person to be extradited from Britain to America to face charges of copyright infringement

Student beats extradition to US by paying compensation

Mother’s relief as TVShack founder is told he won’t face trial for ‘internet piracy’

Norton Rose merger to make it No 3

The chief executive of the London-based legal group Norton Rose has predicted the emergence of "15 or 20 truly global law firms" after announcing a merger with the US group Fulbright & Jaworski. Peter Martyr said that the combination will create the world's third biggest law firm.

Apple pares its tax bill on profits made overseas to less than 2%

Apple paid less than 2 per cent tax on its overseas profits after slashing the amount foreign taxmen receive.

Superstorm Sandy may cost States up to $50bn as stock exchange stays shut

First time bad weather has shut NY market for two consecutive days since 1888

Mitt Romney's Gulf gaffe just a ripple in this cliffhanger of a contest

For all the rhetoric and oozing contempt, there's little to choose between them on substance

Match made in heaven carry off economics award

Two "matchmakers" whose work has found practical applications in pairing pupils with schools and organs with transplant patients, yesterday won the Nobel Prize for economics.

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Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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