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The Sunday Times reported directors are “considering a plan under which [Mr. Hayward] would leave as soon as the ruptured well is sealed.”

Mr. Hayward, 53, has come under heavy criticism for his leadership after the April 20 fire and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. He repeatedly has apologized and expressed sorrow for the oil leak, but in May, he shocked some U.S. residents when he said “I’d like my life back,” and weeks later went yachting.

BP is due to release its second quarter results on Tuesday, and the board of directors is scheduled to meet before the earnings announcement.


Six foreigners among Love Parade dead

DUISBURG | Six foreigners were among the 19 victims of the stampede at Germany’s Love Parade techno music festival, a police spokesman said Sunday.

The dead included an Australian woman, an Italian woman, a Dutch man, a Chinese woman and two people from Spain. Police previously had said a Chinese man was among the dead.

The 19 victims were aged between 20 and 40, authorities said.

Police have said that 16 people died at the scene of the disaster, at the entrance to a sole tunnel leading to the festival grounds, but that no one died in the tunnel itself.


Police kill two power-plant attackers

MOSCOW | Russian police on Sunday killed two men accused of bombing a North Caucasus hydroelectric plant, media reported, just days after President Dmitry Medvedev threatened to sack security officials if there were another attack.

Six masked men, suspected Islamist militants, stormed the Baksanskaya power plant in Kabardino-Balkaria on Wednesday, fatally shot two guards and set off remote-controlled bombs beside the main generator units, bringing the station to a halt.

Analysts said the attack could signal a change of tactics by rebels in the North Caucasus trying to expand an Islamist insurgency along Russia’s southern flank and focus on economic targets — a threat they have long made public.

Mr. Medvedev threatened on Thursday to sack top security officials if they failed to prevent new attacks on strategic assets in the region. No one took responsibility for the bombing.

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