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Confidential information from top firms illegally accessed

Opposition to key train deal mounts

Political opposition is building over the Government's decision to award a £3bn contract to build Thameslink trains to Siemens of Germany.

Market Report: Invensys gains thanks to dividend and bid chatter

As hopes were raised over dividend payments and speculation swirled that it could be a takeover target, Invensys found itself in favour with investors yesterday.

Green light for new wind farm

A new offshore wind farm which will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 150,000 homes was today given the go-ahead by the Government.

BBC's IT efficiency project to cost £10.7m

An IT project intended to increase BBC efficiency will cost the corporation more than £10 million, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report.

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Eurostar narrows losses ahead of Deutsche Bahn competition

Rail operator boosts passengers but sees German rivalry from 2013 as a 'significant risk'

The Secret History Of: The thermostat

Thermostats have been slow to catch on. Heating, like so much else, was invented by the Romans. Their version of underfloor radiant heating, called a "hypocaust", was surprisingly sophisticated and warmed the chilliest of villas and better still, public baths. It can get nippy inside marble buildings if you're running around naked and wet.

Eurostar to buy German trains as it gears up for expansion

Eurostar international is ordering 10 new high-speed trains for the Channel Tunnel rail link from the German industrial giant Siemens, in the teeth of pressure from the French government to buy from France's Alstom.

3,096 Days, By Natascha Kampusch, trans. Jill Kreuer

Twelve years ago, the 10-year old Natascha Kampusch was walking to school when she was snatched from a Vienna street and shoved into the back of a white delivery van. Eight years later, in 2006, she reappeared in a small suburban back garden, having fled the hermetically sealed cellar where her captor, Wolfgang Priklopil, had kept her hostage.

Has the West declared cyber war on Iran?

Experts say the computer virus found in a nuclear plant is the work of a foreign power

Anger at Russian nuclear fuel help

Russia said yesterday it would begin loading nuclear fuel into the reactor of Iran's first atomic power station on 21 August, an irreversible step marking the start-up of the Bushehr plant after nearly 40 years of delays.

Chemring to buy IED-detecting specialists

Defence group Chemring is buying Roke Manor, a roadside bomb detection specialist, for £55m in cash.

Cable tells the world: no more location grants

After decades during which governments of both parties spent billions on attracting foreign investment, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has declared that Britain can no longer afford to "splay out" grants and subsidies to attract companies to locate in the UK.

Corporation Tax: Government acts to help the private sector

Corporation tax is to drop by 4p to 24p in the pound over the next four years as the coalition Government looks to the private sector to help rebalance the economy and underpin recovery from recession.

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