Oil deal corruption trial in Italy is ‘wake-up call for industry’

Oil deal corruption trial in Italy is ‘wake-up call for industry’

An Italian trial which sees Anglo Dutch firm Shell and Italy’s Eni face corruption charges over a $1.3bn Nigerian oil deal should act as a wake-up call to the oil industry, campaigners have said. The court case starting on Monday has been brought by Milan prosecutors and centres on alleged bribes paid by the oil companies to win a licence in 2011 for a highly-valued field off the west African coast. Both companies strongly reject any wrongdoing. The pair each own half of the rights to the OPL-245 field, which…

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Sky bidder Comcast labelled ‘worst company in America’

Sky bidder Comcast labelled ‘worst company in America’

Comcast, which last week unveiled a £22bn offer for Sky, has been labelled the “worst company in America” for two years running over shoddy customer service and pricing. It has also been involved in regulatory transgressions which legal experts believe means its plan to take over Sky should be closely scrutinised by watchdogs. The pay-TV firm, which is poised to formalise its bid to try to steal Sky from under Rupert Murdoch’s nose, announced a $300m plan to spruce up customer service three years ago, but to little avail so…

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Spanish navy captain dies in Antarctica after falling overboard

Spanish navy captain dies in Antarctica after falling overboard

Body of 53-year-old Javier Montojo Salazar recovered from sea near Livingstone Island. The commander of a Spanish navy research ship has died in Antarctica after apparently falling overboard. Javier Montojo Salazar, captain of the frigate Hespérides, disappeared on Friday night when the ship was near the Juan Carlos 1 research base on Livingstone Island. Spain’s ministry of defence said a search and rescue operation was launched using “all available resources” but the body of the 53-year-old sailor was recovered from the sea six hours later. “The captain’s remains are on…

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