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This millennium, Britain’s dragonfly contingent has been in the throes of revolution. Several sparkling species have crossed the sea to start colonising the UK. In this ambitious itinerary, you might see up to seven magnificent dragonflies unknown in Britain two decades previously.

Investment Insider: End in sight for printing money, so what now?

Bull market may drive cyclical businesses so far ignored in recession
David Cameron with Stephen Harper following his address to both House of Parliament

David Cameron appeals to Canadian PM Stephen Harper not to block plans to crack down on tax evasion

PM seeks support before G8 summit for global deal to create registers of company ownership 

The Business Matrix: Thursday 23 May 2013

Shares up as profits pour in for Britvic

Investment View: Reputations are at stake, but Shell is a better bet than BP

If allegations are correct, an average of £2,000 can be added to our petrol bills over the last decade

EU taps top oil traders for price-fixing information

The European Commission stepped up its investigation into oil price fixing as it sought information from trading houses such as the FTSE 100 giant Glencore.

The ‘Deepwater Horizon’ explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and injured 16 others

BP warns over millions of dollars of 'fictitious' compensation claims for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Oil giant BP has warned that millions of dollars of "fictitious" compensation claims for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are putting the company at risk.

Oil-price rigging could have added more than £2,000 to the average household petrol bill over the past 10 years

BP and Shell price-fixing investigation: Oil executives may face jail, warns David Cameron

Oil executives could face jail if they conspired to keep petrol prices high by rigging the market, David Cameron has warned.

'Limp-wristed and lettuce-like': MP attacks inquiry into BP and Shell petrol price-fixing allegations

Oil giants targeted by European Commission in probe into suspected market manipulation

Point of view: The deck and pool

B&B and Beyond: Cape View Clifton, Cape Town

With ocean-facing terraces and a standout location, this chic guesthouse is the perfect Cape escape

Sudden exit, but a job well done at Shell for Peter Voser

Chief executive's departure surprises the City but he has left the oil giant in better shape
Durk has developed uncompromising hip-hop without releasing an overtly commercial track

The Playlist: Godspeed You! Black Emperor / Jack White / MGMT

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Innes: she personified the bohemianism of the late 20th century

Jocasta Innes: Cookery and design writer who transformed our approach to home-making

At one point she lived on the £20 a week she could make translating bodice-rippers from the French

Bumi shares halted while auditor examines figures

The Bumi saga took another twist today as the coal miner set up by financier Nat Rothschild broadened an internal review into its key Berau subsidiary – forcing the suspension of its shares.

Twelve police officers 'missing' in Nigeria

Militants in Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta ambushed a group of police officers as they sat stranded in a boat in the region's winding creeks, leaving at least 12 “missing” in the most serious attack in months in a region vital to the country's finances,.

Investment Insider: BP has acted decisively to recover from oil spill

Before the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster three years ago, BP was a must-own share for UK investors. The company was not only one of the most generous dividend payers, it had been a spectacular growth share too. Consequently, many investors held BP shares either directly in their portfolios or indirectly (and perhaps unknowingly) through their pension funds.

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Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

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Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
No postcode? No vote

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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

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Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

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