April 12 The following are the top stories in
the Financial Times. Reuters has not verified these stories and
does not vouch for their accuracy.
* Royal Marines cut by 200 as armed forces face staffing
* British Library plans a 500 million pound extension on.ft.com/2o41Tg8
*Australia defends BHP Billiton after investor call for
*The Royal Marines will be cut by 200. The 200 posts,
including many specialist roles, will be transferred from the
marines to the Royal Navy to stave off staffing gaps.
*The British Library is considering a 500 million pounds
($624.35 million) extension that will offer it 100,000 sq ft of
extra space for education, exhibitions and research next to its
headquarters at St Pancras in London.
*Australia defended BHP Billiton Ltd on Tuesday,
saying that any major changes to the corporate structure of the
country's biggest company would need to be consistent with the
"national interest". The defence came after activist hedge fund
Elliott Advisors called on Monday for the scrapping of BHP's
dual corporate structure involving Australian and British
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(Compiled by Bhanu Pratap in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra