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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.

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 27 June 2012

Stagecoach results stay on track

Michael McCarthy: The scramble for the arctic is already underway

It is just beginning to become clear that an ominous new age is dawning for Arctic, one of the world most unspoiled ecosystems: a stampede for the region’s minerals and other natural resources, oil and gas above all, as the exploitation of them is being made possible by the rapid melting of the Arctic Ice by the warming climate.

Garage grub just got a whole lot smarter, with Shrimpy's diner at King's Cross Filling Station. 020-8880 6111, shrimpys.co.uk

Goldman Sachs looks at billionaire's oil break up

BP and Shell tipped to bid for Svenska's west African fields

9% oppose Shell pay report at AGM

Nearly 10% of shareholder votes rejected Royal Dutch Shell's pay report at its annual meeting today after the oil giant's boss doubled his earnings last year.

Cove energy auction is boosted by huge gas find

The action-packed auction of east Africa-focused oil and gas explorer Cove Energy took another turn yesterday as a key prospect in Mozambique announced a massive new find.

Cove Energy auction is boosted by massive gas find

The action-packed auction of east Africa-focused oil and gas explorer Cove Energy took another turn yesterday as a key prospect in Mozambique announced a massive new find.

Fuel tanker drivers strike ballot result due

Fuel distribution firms will hear tomorrow if they face the renewed threat of strikes by tanker drivers in their long-running dispute over terms and conditions.

Fuel tanker drivers vote against strikes

Fuel tanker drivers who were re-balloted for strikes have voted against walkouts but in favour of other forms of industrial action.

Unite to re-ballot fuel tanker drivers

Fresh talks aimed at averting strikes by fuel tanker drivers are to be held next week, raising hopes that industrial action can be averted.

Shell shares slide after fears of oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Fears of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico triggered a slide in the shares of energy giant Royal Dutch Shell today.

Race to acquire Cove Energy for £1bn reignited

The bidding battle for East Africa-focused oil and gas company Cove Energy is set to recommence after Mozambican regulators removed tax uncertainty over the £1bn deal.

Cove bid battle is on again after Mozambique tax clarification

The bidding battle for East Africa-focused oil and gas company Cove Energy is set to recommence after Mozambican regulators removed tax uncertainty over the £1bn deal.

Great start for our top share tips

The Indy's annual top 10 of stocks to pick have shown a 33 per cent return so far. James Moore, chief tipster, reflects on the gambles that seem to be paying off

Power in Nigeria

Shell was a pioneer in Africa's largest crude oil producer but now faces a PR repair job. Tom Bawden reports from Port Harcourt
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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation may undermine Hillary's chances

The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
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Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

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Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?