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A panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a federal judge's approval of a multi-billion dollar settlement between BP Plc and businesses and individuals who lost money and property in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Green peace at last after campaign against drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic?

Russia was no doubt finding the fuss over the Arctic 30 embarrassing

Alex Harris is one of five 'Arctic 30' detainees to be granted bail

Greenpeace Arctic 30: Heading for a good meal and a beer - the activist bailed from Russian jail

Alexandra Harris is one of five to be granted bail and they are expected to leave prison within days - it is not known whether they will be able to leave Russia

JP Morgan agrees to record $13bn settlement with US government

The historic deal is the largest ever struck between authorities in the United States and a single company

Battlefield 4 review: ‘One of the best multiplayer experiences out there’

A lacklustre single player mode, but vast multiplayer maps and satisfying objective-based gameplay keep this title feeling fresh

Greenpeace activists hold a demonstration during the Champions League match between Basel and Schalke

Arctic protest banner by Greenpeace receives frosty reception from authorities during Champions League match

Uefa opens disciplinary proceedings against FC Basel after four abseiling environmentalists stopped play during fixture against Schalke

The federal trial over the 2010 spill has resumed

BP ‘lied’ over true extent of its Gulf oil disaster

Second phase of trial opens with claims of negligence and lack of preparation

A Russian Coast Guard officer points a gun at a Greenpeace activist as others attempt to climb the Prirazlomnaya oil platform

Russia arrests 30 environmental activists during Arctic protest

Protesters aboard ‘Arctic Sunrise’, including six Britons, could face terrorism charges

The Yong Sheng is the first commercial Chinese cargo ship to complete the Northern Sea Route

The shipping forecast - it’ll be colder but much, much quicker: New Arctic shipping route saves up to two weeks’ travel between Asia and Europe

Via the Northern Sea Route, ships can make the journey in 35 days, instead of the usual 48

Motley's efforts resulted in the Master Settlement Agreement, in which the tobacco industry agreed to reimburse states for smoking-related health care costs

Ronald Motley: Lawyer who took on Hamas, al-Qaeda and the tobacco industry

Ronald Motley, who died on 22 August at the age of 68, was a lawyer best known for leading lawsuits against tobacco and asbestos companies and for pursuing cases against Hamas and al-Qaeda.

BP's Gulf of Mexico disaster fund is scraping the barrel

Shares in BP tumbled nearly 4 per cent today after the FTSE 100 oil giant hiked its provision for compensation claims from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill by $1.4 billion (£913 million) to $9.6 billion — and warned the final cost could be “significantly higher” as it continues to receive new claims.

BP's stock holders wait for final bill on Gulf spill

BP shareholders will look for signs of whether the oil giant plans to increase the money set aside to cover the Gulf of Mexico disaster when it reports half-year figures on Tuesday.

David Cameron riding on a sled in Svalbard, Norway, in 2006, during a visit to study climate change

David Cameron urged to restore green credentials with return to Arctic

An influential cross-party group of MPs has challenged David Cameron to return to the Arctic, accusing his government of being dangerously complacent about oil exploration in the region.

The ‘Deepwater Horizon’ explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and injured 16 others

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying evidence

The energy services firm agrees to pay fine and $55m donation to wildlife charity

Centrica eyes move for top BP executive

One of BP’s top executives has emerged as a surprise candidate to become the next chairman of British Gas owner Centrica.

Gulf oil spill lawyer is suspended for alleged BP scam

Allegations of misconduct have surfaced against a lawyer working for the administrator charged with assessing claims connected to BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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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?

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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
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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
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