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Centrica chief: Hostile bid will hold gas prices

Sam Laidlaw, the chief executive at Ftse 100 energy giant Centrica, has vowed that his £1.3bn hostile bid for North Sea oil and gas group Venture Production will stabilise prices for its 10 million households.

Batteries included: Are eco-friendly cars any good?

Politicians want British drivers to switch over to eco-friendly cars. They're silent and stylish – but are they any good? John Walsh puts pedal to the metal

Geoffrey Lean: We are one step closer to clean coal

The Government's decision to fit carbon-removing equipment will have a knock-on effect on all over the world

Go-ahead for carbon-capture power stations

The Government today signalled the go-ahead for a new generation of coal-fired power stations - but insisted they would be made to reduce their carbon emissions.

Ofgem orders energy companies to cut bills

Energy bills are set to fall for up to 10 million households after Ofgem demanded the Big Six suppliers end "unjustified pricing" for electricity and gas. The regulator said yesterday that the energy industry would have to justify all above-average charges on the basis of their costs, which should lower prices for prepayment and electricity customers.

Thrifty Living: It's a good time to make the switch

Britain’s energy suppliers have finally started to cut their prices over the past few weeks, reflecting the collapse in wholesale gas and oil prices that has taken place over the past eight months or so.

Questions of cash: Frozen out of a refund request

Q. My parents bought a freezer from Comet, which was delivered in December. The old freezer was removed by Comet’s delivery men. They were told to wait 24 hours before switching on the new freezer. They were confident that the food from the old freezer would not thaw by then. But when they went to switch it on they found that the freezer had been wedged in so close to the wall that they were unable to access the plug. Comet said someone would visit to help, but turned up at a time when my parents had said they would be out.

Final four energy firms to cut bills

Millions of households could be on track for lower energy bills as the last four of the big six suppliers pledged to follow the lead of British Gas and Scottish & Southern (SSE).

New boss of Scotsman publisher tackles £450m debt

John Fry, the recently installed chief executive of Johnston Press, which crashed out of the FTSE 250 last year, has made his first hack at The Scotsman and Yorkshire Post publisher's estimated £450m debt burden.

GDF Suez and Iberdrola team up to bid for nuclear power sites in the UK

GDF Suez and Iberdrola are the latest European energy giants to join forces in the hope of securing a slice of the UK's multibillion-pound nuclear renaissance.

Major blaze after freight train derails

Firefighters tackled an "intensive" blaze today after a freight train carrying fuel derailed and caught fire.

Miliband steps up nuclear drive

Crunch talks on the UK's nuclear rollout programme will take place on Tuesday.

Paul Gosling: Double the trouble as Abbey is called to account

Questions Of Cash

Energy giants clash with Brown over costs of saving fuel

Gordon Brown's £1bn package to help people cut soaring fuel bills ran into immediate controversy yesterday after electricity companies refused to rule out passing on the cost of the scheme to customers.

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Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

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Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable