China admits widespread soil pollution

At least 20% of agricultural land contaminated

National Bank of Greece plans bond launch

The €750m issue will be its first in almost five years

Ferry probe focuses on captain and crew

Junior officer at the helm when South Korean ship capsized

Miliband hires Obama adviser Axelrod

Strategist will help with election campaign

Global carmakers seek China inroads

Beijing auto show highlights carmakers’ dependence on China

Twitter beats Facebook to mobile ad launch

Social media groups battle to lure advertisers

Everest avalanche kills at least 12

Most popular route to the peak struck

Goldman looks to fight rivals with capital advantage

Bank eyes competitor businesses as net income falls 10%

Embryonic stem cells cloned from adults

Experiment could rekindle enthusiasm for therapeutic cloning

RBS pledges reform on SME borrowers

Bank to overhaul treatment of customers in financial distress

Fink says tech rout driven by hedge funds

BlackRock boss says long-term investors not spooked by volatility

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