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All-cash deal is the second largest in Google's history after the $12.5 billion acquisition of mobile phone maker Motorola in 2012

Former BP exploration boss takes second big-paying job since oil spill

The head of BP exploration at the time of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has jumped ship for a second time to run a US oil explorer – and will earn up to $10.3m in his first year.

Yelp negative reviews: No anonymity for users says US court

Virginia judge decided that Joe Hadeed had produced enough evidence that negative reviews of his carpet cleaning business could be fake

Police have arrested two people in connection to the alleged genital mutilation of a five-week-old baby girl

FGM arrests: Police detain two people in London over the alleged genital mutilation of a five-week-old baby girl

Case could result in landmark first ever prosecution for ‘cutting’ in Britain

Jim Armitage: 'Recovery' is overstating it – so let's forget about those rate rises for now

Outlook We should all be thankful that Andrew Sentance is no longer on the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee. Or, indeed, that his hawkish view of the economic world, which has seen him advocate interest rate rises since the summer of 2011, will not prevail at its meeting today.

Social Democrat (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Minimum wage may be forced on Angela Merkel to build 'grand coalition'

German leader’s potential coalition partners seek concessions before forming a government

The Euro logo outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main, central Germany

Eurozone recovery gathers pace as growth hits two-year high

But picture remains mixed, with good German results contrasting with gloom in France

Jim Armitage: Will Sodexo and Capita be brought to book?

Outlook Incidentally, if misdemeanours by private contractors are to be punished in the Ministry of Justice as Mr Grayling suggests, one wonders at what depth of poor standards the whip should be applied.

There have always been doubts about Albert DeSalvo’s confession to the Boston murders

Does DNA prove Albert DeSalvo is the Boston Strangler?

Test breakthrough links man who confessed to the 1960s killing spree with the final victim

The Business Matrix: Saturday 29 June 2013

Air Traffic head pockets £720,000

Refuse collectors to go on strike in Green Party controlled council

Refuse and recycling workers at a Green Party controlled council will launch a week-long strike over pay tomorrow, causing collections to be suspended.

The 10 Best steam cleaners

Trade in your mop and bucket and get to work on that stubborn grease and grime

Investment View: G4S is worth a punt after that Olympics debacle

There is no doubt that an improvement in relations with Government bodes well

Couple celebrate winning £1m lottery prize

A couple are celebrating after scooping a £1 million prize on the lottery.

Recession fears as services sector dip hits economy

Britain's economy is feared to have plunged back into the red after figures suggested the powerhouse services sector shrank last month for the first time in two years.

London mayor Boris Johnson urges EU vote before next election

Boris Johnson intensified the pressure on David Cameron today by calling for a vote on Britain’s place in Europe before the next general election.

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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

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Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'