Obama hails The Interview screenings
24 Dec 2014 2:40:06
The US president welcomes a decision by Sony to screen a comedy about North Korea - which had been pulled following a cyber-attack and threats - in some US cinemas.
The insects that made Christmas
24 Dec 2014 1:50:54
Meet the insects that made Christmas
Asia shares higher on US record high
24 Dec 2014 1:08:10
Asian shares opened higher on Wednesday, taking the lead from Wall Street where shares closed at a record level overnight.
The business of cathedrals
24 Dec 2014 0:09:45
How the places of worship mix prayer with finance
The year in business: 2014
24 Dec 2014 0:09:27
Falling oil prices and questions over the euro
Energy customers 'need' debt holiday
24 Dec 2014 0:02:27
Ten million householders who use pre-payment energy meters should be able to postpone their debt, says the charity Citizens Advice.
VIDEO: What new figures reveal about growth
23 Dec 2014 3:21:04
New figures show that the UK's economy grew more slowly over the past year than previously thought.
US cinemas to screen The Interview
23 Dec 2014 9:56:31
North Korea satire The Interview will screen in some US cinemas at Christmas, Sony says, days after it pulled the film following a major cyber attack.
VIDEO: 'Beetroot as lipstick won't catch on'
23 Dec 2014 9:16:32
In the midst of Russia's current currency crisis, a government senator has been advising the country's women to use beetroot instead of imported lipstick.
Russia limits firms' dollar holdings
23 Dec 2014 7:51:47
The Russian government has instructed five firms to limit foreign currency reserves as part of efforts to stabilise the economy.
TED: Michael Rubinstein: See invisible motion, hear silent sounds. Cool? Creepy? We can't decide - Michael Rubinstein (2014)
23 Dec 2014 6:31:14
Meet the “motion microscope,” a video-processing tool that plays up tiny changes in motion and color impossible to see with the naked eye. Video researcher Michael Rubinstein plays us clip after jaw-dropping clip showing how this tech can track an individual’s pulse and heartbeat simply from a piece of footage. Watch him recreate a conversation by amplifying the movements from sound waves bouncing off a bag of chips. The wow-inspiring and sinister applications of this tech you have to see to believe.
VIDEO: Disney toys most wanted at Christmas
23 Dec 2014 5:31:37
According to the Royal Mail Disney toys have overtaken Lego as the most wanted for Christmas this year.
RBS steps up its forex inquiry
23 Dec 2014 5:28:55
The RBS banking group has withheld bonuses from 18 of the staff it is investigating for their possible role in rigging the foreign exchange market.
Dow hits 18,000 as growth revised up
23 Dec 2014 5:15:46
The Dow Jones rose above 18,000 for the first time in early trade, after figures show the US economy growing at its fastest pace for 11 years.
US economy growing at faster pace
23 Dec 2014 3:49:42
The US economy grows at an annual rate of 5% in the third quarter, its fastest pace for 11 years, official figures suggest.
Sun's sizzling X-rays photographed
23 Dec 2014 3:03:38
Nasa's "X-ray eye", designed to study distant galaxies and black holes, has turned its attention to our own star and snapped a remarkable portrait.
UK home sales below 100,000 a month
23 Dec 2014 1:31:05
The number of homes being sold in the UK fell below 100,000 a month in November for the first time in a year, according to HM Revenue and Customs.
Economic growth revised down to 2.6%
23 Dec 2014 1:19:06
The UK economy has grown more slowly in the past year than previously thought, at 2.6% rather than 3%, official figures indicate.
VIDEO: Yellow River waterfall turns to ice
23 Dec 2014 0:01:41
Extremely cold temperatures have frozen parts of the Hukou waterfall on the Yellow River in north-west China.
FTSE 100 rally continues
23 Dec 2014 9:24:49
The FTSE 100 continues its pre-Christmas rally, but outside the main index shares in chocolate maker Thorntons plunge by a quarter after it issues a profit warning.
Opec oil production 'will not fall'
23 Dec 2014 8:42:29
Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, says the Opec cartel will not cut oil production even if the price falls to $20 a barrel.
Thorntons issues profit warning
23 Dec 2014 7:54:11
Chocolate firm Thorntons warns that annual profits will fall this year because of poor sales in some supermarkets, partly due to supply problems.
Hong Kong property tycoon jailed
23 Dec 2014 5:35:02
Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok is sentenced to five years in jail and fined $64,440 (£41,327) for corruption.
Small firms 'lack severe weather plan'
23 Dec 2014 3:02:04
Almost 60% of small UK firms do not have plans in place for extreme weather - despite the fact 66% have been affected by it in the last three years - a study says.
VIDEO: US port dispute delays Asia supplies
23 Dec 2014 2:22:39
What do Christmas trees and French fries have in common? Both have been in short supply across Asia because of a three month backlog at US ports on the west coast.