BP chief executive’s pay triples in 2013

Mixture of salary, bonus and share awards for Bob Dudley worth $8.7m ( 5.2m) in 2013, compared with $2.6m for the previous year The pay of Bob Dudley, BP’s chief executive, tripled last year despite the legal threats still hanging over the company from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The oil boss received $8.7m ( 5.2m) … Continue reading

Small signs of change in Iran as Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration approaches

Hope is tempered by caution both among Iranians and in the west, where some see an opportunity to repair relations A young Iranian couple, Masoud Bastani and Mahsa Amr-Abadi, both journalists and both imprisoned on account of their writing, have seen very little of each other for the past four years. Like many Iranian prisoners … Continue reading

Russia faces vodka boycott in backlash against anti-gay law

LGBT activists target brands including Stolichnaya and Russian Standard in response to ban on ‘gay propaganda’ There’s nothing more Russian than vodka, so when gay and lesbian activists decided to protest against the country’s persecution of homosexuals it made sense to target its most famous drink. The US sex writer Dan Savage, famous for his … Continue reading

Spain train crash: wait to question driver

More details emerge of Francisco Garz n, 52, as he recovers in hospital after train crash that left at least 78 dead The focus of the investigation into Spain’s worst rail accident for 40 years remains on the train’s driver, Francisco Garz n, who has been under arrest in hospital since Thursday evening. Garz n … Continue reading

Morsi being investigated over claims of ‘colluding with Hamas’ in uprising

Deposed president alleged to have helped Palestinian Islamists murder Egyptian police during 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak The overthrown Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, is under investigation for conspiring with Hamas during Egypt’s 2011 revolution, state media reported on Friday, in the first official update on his status since he was forced from office and detained … Continue reading

US to leave troops in Afghanistan after 2014, says German official

US defence secretary calls comments inaccurate and says Nato partners talked about range of options for post-2014 The US defence secretary, Leon Panetta, and his Nato counterparts are considering leaving 8,000 to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but a dispute arose on Friday between the US and Germany over whether the force would be … Continue reading

Allow Catholic priests to marry, urges Cardinal Keith O’Brien

Scottish Catholic leader says many struggle to cope with celibacy, as he prepares for trip to Rome to elect next pope The Scottish Catholic leader, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has said he would be happy for priests to be able to marry. Many priests struggle to cope with celibacy and should be able to marry and … Continue reading

Danica Patrick’s pole at Daytona 500 puts a few more noses out of joint | Marina Hyde

Some of the gags since have cemented the suspicion that of all the sports in the world, Nascar is the one with the brainiest fans I do love Danica Patrick’s mischievous line in dippyness. “The thing on the back of the car,” she mused to reporters shortly after switching from IndyCar racing to Nascar in … Continue reading

Che bello! Pope Benedict’s fans and believers assemble for farewell tour

St Peter’s sees crowds crane for a glimpse of the pontiff amid quiet acceptance of an old man’s decision to quit his throne Into the golden basilica of St Peter they crammed: pilgrims with bibles, tourists with guidebooks, teenagers with smartphones, mothers with toddlers; seminarians and Swiss Guards; nuns and non-believers; babies, pensioners and priests. … Continue reading