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Temporary power firm Aggreko — responsible for keeping the lights on and the cameras rolling at the last World Cup in South Africa and at the London 2012 Olympics — has been chosen by FIFA to perform the same duties across 12 different venues in Brazil.

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Calling all fakers: are you living a lie?

Your debts piled up, your mortgage repayments were getting harder - and that canoe in the garage provided an apparent route to freedom. And you would have got away with, except for those pesky Panamanian estate agents.

Police start to recover Darwins' fraud cash

Police began to sift through the financial assets of John and Anne Darwin today to recover the money the couple defrauded in their £250,000 canoe death scam.

'Missing canoeist' couple jailed for six years

John and Anne Darwin were each sentenced to more than six years in jail yesterday for the £250,000 insurance scam they carried out by faking his death in a canoeing accident.

Darwins: How one simple lie led to the destruction of a family

From the bay window of her seafront home in Seaton Carew, Anne Darwin watched the RAF helicopter which, along with five lifeboats, led the 36-hour search for her missing husband. The former GP's receptionist had prompted the £150,000 emergency operation in a phone call to Cleveland police on 21 March 2002, informing them that John Darwin had taken his kayak out into the North Sea and failed to return.

Canoe man and wife jailed for six years

John and Anne Darwin were each jailed for more than six years today for carrying out a £250,000 insurance con by faking his death in a canoeing accident.

Real story of the fraudsters' marriage

Anne Darwin painted a picture of a 30-year-marriage to a quiet, brooding bully who railroaded her into getting his own way.

Words of 'canoe widow' came back to haunt her

"I have no reason to think he would have left and stage-managed this." Those were the words of Anne Darwin as she described the struggle to cope with the disappearance of her husband, John.

Wife 'sent loving email' to 'dead' husband

Anne Darwin wrote a loving email to her supposedly dead husband John hours before he walked into a police station, a court heard today.

Parents' lies crushed our world, say sons of 'dead' canoeist

The sons of John Darwin, the canoeist who faked his own death, faced their mother in court yesterday, saying she betrayed them with elaborate lies about their father's apparent demise.

Darwin sons tell court of fury over deception

The "betrayed" sons of Anne and John Darwin said today their shock at losing their father turned to anger when they discovered his death was an elaborate lie.

Family fight will that leaves $50m to children of Panama

It was a gift of historic kindness to the poor children of Panama left by an eccentric American millionaire not previously known for his tenderness towards the young. Nor was Wilson Lucom famous for naivety. So perhaps he should have guessed that the sequel to his death would be a probate battle for the ages.

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