News The seven private investigators pleaded guilty to conspiring to unlawfully obtain personal data at Isleworth Crown Court

Confidential information from top firms illegally accessed

Jack Harrison

Jack Harrison, who survived the "Great Escape" plot by Allied prisoners in a German prison in the Second World War, died on 4 June aged 97.

Joss Garman: We need to talk about the planet

The three largest parties agree climate change is important. But their shiny green consensus is alarmingly lacking in urgency

Wind turbine factory to generate 700 jobs

Hundreds of jobs are to be created under an £80 million investment in a new wind turbine facility, it was announced today.

Hi-tech coffee: What's the buzz?

From computerised percolators to ergonomic espresso-machines, making coffee has become a hi-tech affair. Rob Sharp reports from the cutting edge of caffeine

Africa's illicit money sent to Western banks

Some of the continent's leaders used the US financial system to protect millions of dollars

Go-ahead given to develop offshore wind farms

A number of companies were today given the go-ahead to develop new offshore wind farms, potentially paving the way for a massive expansion in renewable energy around the UK's shores.

Activist Naomi Klein attacks the 'capitalisation of hope'

"Leave the oil in the soil, leave the coal in the hole and leave the tar sand in the land," said Nnimmo Bassy, Friends of the Earth International chief, in his message at the opening of the People's Summit, Klimaforum in Copenhagen last night.

They clean – but they're not so green

Washing machines do not live up to claims of energy efficiency, tests reveal

Siemens bribery deal close

Former managers agree to pay £18m compensation after three-year investigation

The feral beast: Confused.tom's naked terror

Tom Newton Dunn is known as confused.tom in the lobby since becoming The Sun's political editor. His nickname puns on the insurance firm whose logo is a frazzled-looking man.

Bright future: Prospects look good for graduates in technical subjects

Steve McCormack discovers that it's not all doom and gloom for tomorrow's graduates

Carlyle Group is 'number one bidder' to buy £300m Survitec from Montagu

US private-equity giant The Carlyle Group has emerged as a front-runner for Survitec, the Northern Ireland-based survival equipment manufacturer.

€400bn energy plan to harness African sun

It's decision day on a chain of solar generators across the desert that could supply a quarter of Europe's power

CBI to unveil plans to rein in jobless total

Industry chiefs to demand that ministers implement alternative to redundancy

Victims of the fashion industry's prejudice

It is five years since Kellie Moody was talent-spotted at London Fashion Week. A career on the catwalk beckoned. But the work has failed to materialise. Could it have anything to do with the fact that she is deaf? Jerome Taylor investigates
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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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Extra-virgin, cold-press, early-harvest, ultra-premium: 12 best olive oils

Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
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?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

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