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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.

Johann Hari: Why bananas are a parable for our times

Below the headlines about rocketing food prices and rocking governments, there lays a largely unnoticed fact: bananas are dying. The foodstuff, more heavily consumed even than rice or potatoes, has its own form of cancer. It is a fungus called Panama Disease, and it turns bananas brick-red and inedible.

Road to Hong Kong

Directed by Norman Panama

Gregory Norminton: The eco-activist provides a portentous warning about our treatment of the planet

In his fourth novel, a gripping story of school bullies and victims becomes a metaphor for our vicious assault on the planet

Missing canoeist arrested on fraud charges

John Darwin was not interviewed by detectives immediately after his reappearance because, said police, they wanted to give him and his family time to get over the shock. But yesterday morning, officers were banging on the door of his son's home in Hampshire demanding that Mr Darwin come out.

Family supports returned canoeist

The family of a man who disappeared for five years only to turn up last week have insisted he has no memory of where he has been.

Car Choice: It's good to inherit an estate

You'll get much more for your money by choosing an estate option than a similar MPV, says James Ruppert

Moral majority take on GSK and Merck over cancer drugs

Pharmaceutical giants Merck and GlaxoSmithKline are gearing up for a bruising showdown with America's religious right after the US medicines regulator approved a new blockbuster cervical cancer vaccine last week.

Scientists find skydiving secret of wingless ants

A SKYDIVING ant has won the accolade of being the only wingless insect known to be capable of controlled flight. Scientists found that when they tossed worker canopy ants out of a tree they gracefully glided back to the same tree with incredible accuracy.

Blind sailors set off around the world

As a dozen or so friends and well-wishers cheered and clapped, Scott Duncan and Pamela Habek edged their boat from its pier in San Francisco and set off to circumnavigate the world - an intrepid enough challenge for any sailor but especially daunting for two who are legally blind.

Cuba breaks Panama links over death plot

Cuba severed diplomatic relations with Panama on Thursday over a decision by the Panamanian President, Mireya Moscoso, to pardon four Cuban exiles who had been convicted for their part in an assassination attempt on the Cuban President, Fidel Castro.

Racing: Attraction to continue on winning way

Sophistication makes its annual appearance on a Newmarket racecourse this week with the advent of the July meeting on the July course, the antidote to the spartan surroundings of its bastard cousin, the Rowley Mile, just up the road.

Fans turn on Venables as Leeds limp out

Leeds United 1 Malaga 2 Malaga win 2-1 on agg

Boxing: Nelson handed home draw

Racing: Agnetha's turn of speed celebrates an old alliance

The former partnership of Dermot Weld and Michael Kinane resumes to achieve an Irish victory in the Group Three sprint
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No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
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Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
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It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

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Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

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Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

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