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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.

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

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

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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

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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.

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

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

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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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