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The fat lady sings for Earls Court

Demolition work has started on the classic 1930s’ venue English Heritage declined to list

Senior City staff expect 21% bigger bonus

Financial sector confident on payouts despite public concerns

Kingfisher sells 70% stake in China B&Q

Latest in a string of reversals for foreign retailers in mainland

Afren eyed by Nigeria’s Seplat

Shares jump on takeover approach

Pakistan mourns victims as militants hang

Sharif seeks to show he is getting tough on terror

Scotland, UK --- Flaring a well signals huge success for Amerada Hess in this discovery well that produced at the rate of 10,000 barrels of oil per day. It was the biggest find in the Scottish sector of the North Sea in over a decade. On exploration wells there is no way to contain out-flowing gas and oil without risking an explosion, so hydrocarbons are shot out into the atmosphere and ignited. A test burn like this will last several hours to be sure the rate of flow is sustainable before a company will invest millions to lay an underwater pipeline and bring in a production platform. --- Image by © George Steinmetz/Corbis
©George Steinmetz/Corbis

Oil rout undermines Scots’ Yes finances

Study shows North Sea revenue would be fifth of Holyrood forecast

Christmas Day heading for record sales

Tablets and smartphones to drive holiday sales

Alstom faces fresh UK corruption charges

SFO accuses Alstom Power Ltd of bribery over Lithuania plant

Record number of rich Russians head to UK

Investor visas up 69% this year as Moscow economic woes worsen

Whitehall

Private group helps exchequer chase debts

Ministers strike deal with US-owned ‘recovery management’ company

Non-Opec producers blamed for oil slide

Saudi and UAE vow to maintain output targets at 30m barrels a day

Comment and Analysis

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A crowded field is already jostling to replace Obama in 2016

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A senior lawyer has found a way to combine career and mothering

On Cuba, no side has got it right

It is strange that the island is still a focal point of US foreign policy, says Cardiff Garcia

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