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'I met every player last week one-to-one and, as there were 35 of them, it was a long day'

Oil site blaze under control

A major blaze at a waste oil storage site was brought under control today after more than 60 firefighters worked through the night.

Choppy waters for shipping magnate

The knives are out for the man known in Norway as 'Big Wolf'. Sean Farrell looks at the story of his rise to riches – and infamy

Billionaires caught in Iran trade storm

Israel's Ofer brothers face a backlash at home and abroad over their business dealings

Lucky escape for crew as tanker jet crashes

Three crew members aboard a Boeing 707 tanker loaded with jet fuel escaped with only minor injuries when the aircraft skidded off the runway and exploded into flames at a Southern California Navy base, officials said.

Pirates captured aboard oil tanker

US commandos have captured four suspected pirates who boarded a Japanese-owned oil tanker off the coast of Oman.

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Stephen Foley: EADS should have won the Air Force deal before: it should appeal this time

US Outlook: The saga of the US Air Force's effort to replace its fleet of mid-air refuelling tankers has had all the drama, cliffhangers and improbable plot twists of a prime-time soap opera. Let's hope that wasn't the last episode.

Boeing wins US tanker contract after 10-year saga

the aerospace giant Boeing was last night awarded a $30bn (£18bn) deal to replace the US air force's ageing fleet of mid-air refuelling tankers, dashing the hopes of European rival EADS that it could win its first major US defence contract.

Djibouti, By Elmore Leonard

To say that Elmore "Dutch" Leonard is a legend in the crime-fiction genre might understate the case. When the American master arrived at London's Savoy Hotel a couple of years ago to collect a lifetime achievement award, an assemblage of his writing peers hovered around the man, resisting the urge to touch his sleeve or kiss his distinctly non-Papal ring. Such genuflection is probably appropriate – and certainly understandable.

Video: Cocaine haul seized at sea

The French navy seized a record 3.6 tonnes of cocaine after they intercepted a Venezuelan tanker in the Caribbean Sea.

Somali pirates hijack tanker carrying £93m of oil

Somali pirates captured a Greek-flagged supertanker carrying an estimated $150m (£93m) worth of oil to the Gulf of Mexico yesterday, the second successful attack against an oil tanker by sea bandits in two days.

Malaysian navy foils hijack attempt off Oman

Malaysian navy commandos foiled an attempted hijacking of a Malaysian-owned ship by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, rescuing 23 crew members and detaining seven pirates, military officials said.

Tanker drivers to vote over industrial action

Thousands of tanker drivers are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions, it was announced today.

Level crossing crash lorry driver jailed

A driver who caused a train crash by ignoring a warning sign and driving a sewage tanker on to a level crossing was today jailed after a judge was told of a "culture of not following correct procedures".

Climate campaigners blockade oil refinery

Hundreds of climate campaigners blockaded an oil refinery yesterday.

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