News Dima Litvinov became the first member of the so-called 'Arctic 30' to leave Russia; boarding a train at a railway station in St. Petersburg

The first of 30 Greenpeace activists arrested after a protest over Arctic oil drilling has left Russia, the environmental group said on Thursday, with all expected to get clearance to leave Russia by Friday.

Goodwin runs into money trouble (again)

Sir Fred Goodwin, the former RBS chief executive who was pilloried for his role in the financial crisis, ran into trouble again yesterday when the international architects he advises admitted cash flow problems.

Viktor Chernomyrdin: Politician who served as a buffer between the Soviet old guard and Russia's new reformers

Viktor Chernomyrdin played a vital role in Russia's first tumultuous post-Soviet decade, as a solid and pragmatic counterpart to the erratic President Boris Yeltsin and as a bridge between the Communist old guard and the inexperienced young reformers who were shaping the country's future.

Russia mourns former prime minister

Former Russian prime minister Viktor Chernomyrdin has died, state media reported.

The £250m millstone that could cost City their European future

Club admit they face a ‘huge challenge’ to pass financial test after Uefa makes a tough new stand

CHTO DELAT? What Is to Be Done?, ICA, London

The question above – Lenin's famous question, you may remember – refers to the name of a loose collective of leftist Russian poets, artists, philosophers, singers, set designers, critics, writers, etc. who are currently colonising various spaces at the ICA. They call themselves "a self-organising platform of cultural workers". They are all angry. They are all dissidents. They are all fiercely didactic.

Total to sell 500 UK petrol stations

The French oil giant Total has put its estate of almost 500 forecourts up for sale as part of its proposals to pull out of the petrol pump market in Britain.

Market Report: Rightmove spikes as the bulls build on bid hopes

Bid hopes drove the mood around Rightmove, the online property website, whose shares spiked as the bulls charged in on signs of deal activity in the wider sector.

Sibir Energy boss is fined £350,000 for market abuse

The former boss of Sibir Energy was fined £350,000 yesterday for failing to disclose substantial cash payments to its biggest shareholder.

Russia deepens Belarus gas cuts

Russia deepened cuts of natural gas supplies to ex-Soviet neighbour Belarus even further today over what it claims is a debt of nearly 200 million US dollars (£135 million).

Abramovich loses legal battle over £2bn claim

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich lost a bid to dismiss a £2 billion claim against him by fellow Russian oligarch and former business partner Boris Berezovsky today.

Shipwrecks found during pipeline work in Baltic Sea

A dozen centuries-old shipwrecks - some of them unusually well-preserved - were found in the Baltic Sea by a gas company building an underwater pipeline between Russia and Germany.

800-year-old shipwreck found in Baltic Sea

A dozen shipwrecks that date back centuries – some of them unusually well preserved – have been found in the Baltic Sea by a gas company building an underwater pipeline between Russia and Germany.

Ukraine seeks urgent $2bn loan from IMF

Ukraine has asked the International Monetary Fund for an emergency loan of $2bn (£1.2bn).

Business Diary: Compass get its money's worth

Full marks to Compass, the catering services company, which has been entertaining friends and business partners this Wimbledon fortnight. Other companies are not ashamed to admit the day out is an unabashed jolly for guests, but not Compass. Once lunch is finished, its guests are whisked off on a two-hour tour of the catering facilities Compass provides to the tournament – whatever matches that means them missing.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003