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

Drax plans to build three biomass plants in Britain

Siemens turbines to be used in £2bn project

Jeremy Warner: Drax opts to go green with biomass plants

Outlook Well, there's a thing. Europe's biggest single source of greenhouse gases, the Drax power station in Yorkshire, wants to drape itself in green. At a cost of £2bn, Drax plans to build three new power stations dedicated to biomass-fired electricity generation.

Prisoners charged 'extortionate' rates to call their families

Prisoners are being charged up to eight times the normal price to telephone their families, a consumer watchdogs will disclose today in a scathing attack on British Telecom and prison chiefs.

Ex-sales manager faces jail in £1bn Siemens bribes trial

The first criminal trial to come out of the biggest bribery scandal in German corporate history started in Munich yesterday, with a former sales manager at Siemens accused of setting up a complex network of fronts and sham contracts to disguise illegal payments.

CBI sounds alarm at lack of engineering graduates

A growing crisis threatens to engulf British businesses because of the slump in the number of manufacturing and engineering graduates coming out of UK universities, the head of the CBI warned yesterday. Richard Lambert, the director general of the CBI, said that major UK companies were already struggling to recruit the engineers they desperately needed and that foreign businesses would no longer want to invest in the UK if they could not rely on finding the skilled workforce they need here.

Careful investors can reap benefits of European ventures

UK investors often shun Europe, but doing so ignores its benefits, says John Greenwood

Backlogs threaten Government targets for renewable energy

Ambitious plans to erect more than 10,000 wind turbines across Britain and around the coast by 2020 are at risk of being derailed by a critical supply bottleneck.

The woman who has the power to change Africa

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a heroine not just of Nigeria, where she is Finance Minister, but of the entire continent. Her crusade against corruption has put her life at risk.

Tools Of The Trade: The Siemens S65 mobile phone

The most attention-grabbing feature of Siemens' S65 mobile is its its 1.3-megapixel camera, complete with four times zoom and video mode at 15 frames per second. But focusing on the camera overlooks the point that the S65 is a capable business workhorse.

Unilever's path to growth is rocky

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Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
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One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
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The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
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Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map
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Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
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'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

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Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

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We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?
Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past, says Rupert Cornwell
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What exactly does 'one' mean?

Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue