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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Regulator threatens BP with $29m in fines

An American energy regulator threatened BP with fines of nearly $29m (£19m) yesterday, asking the oil giant to respond to allegations of manipulating the natural gas market.

Participants run in front of bulls during the annual San Fermin festival, held every July in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona

Americans grab Spanish life by the horns and import bull running for US tour

Cobbled alleyways of Pamplona replaced by tracks in California, Florida and Texas

Ships, drones that rely on GPS navigation systems and now toilets can all be hacked

Now even toilets aren’t safe from hacking

In the latest messy development from the world of hacking, an information security firm has warned that a hi-tech Japanese toilet is vulnerable. What could possibly go wrong?

Clint Dempsey will leave Tottenham after they confirmed a deal had been agreed with Seattle Sounders

Clint Dempsey leaves Tottenham Hotspur for Seattle Sounders in £6m deal

Seattle Sounders have confirmed the signing of Clint Dempsey from Tottenham.

Review: The Illusion of Separateness, By Simon van Booy

Beauty lies buried under brutal history

Album review: Johnny Dowd, Do the Gargon (Mother Jinx)

Album of the Week: A toe-tapping mix of tortured grooves and Texas boogie

Kelly Clarkson will face difficulties if she wants to take a ring which once belonged to Jane Austen out of the UK.

American Idol Kelly Clarkson faces export ban from UK Government over Jane Austen ring

The Government has stepped in to stop US singer Kelly Clarkson taking a gold and turquoise ring once owned by Jane Austen out of the country.

Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman stopped for speeding on Texas highway

Footage captured by a police dashboard shows Mr Zimmerman being pulled over in Dallas

British Gas has said it could offer free electricity on Saturdays

British Gas plans to offer free electricity on Saturdays

British Gas has said it could offer free electricity on Saturdays in a bid to reduce demand on weekdays.

Horror as couple are attacked by swarm of around 30,000 bees who kill their two horses

Kristen Beauregard, 44, was stung about 200 times and her boyfriend around 50 times as the insects chased and followed them in Pantego, north Texas

Lightning strikes behind The London Eye

Simon Calder: News flashes for UK rail travellers

The man who pays his way

Cruelty of the aquarium exposed in killer whale documentary 'Blackfish'

Campaigners against keeping killer whales in captivity hope a documentary released in cinemas today will both shut down an industry and go on to win an Oscar.

American face of casual racism, anti-Semitism and sexism laid bare in US Big Brother

White housemate flipped black contestant's mattress over before goading her saying 'What you gon' do, girl?'

UK and US regulators fine trader Michael Coscia $3m for 'manipulation of oil market'

A trader who made millions of US dollars by moving the price of commodities, ranging from oil to wheat, has been fined around $3.1 million (£2 million) by authorities in the UK and the US.

Police sergeant confirms woman died after falling from Texas Giant roller coaster

Witnesses said they saw the woman fall out of the ride when her safety bar released

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee