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Water shortages could hinder fracking for shale oil and gas in many parts of the world, the World Resources Institute says.
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A plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", is rejected by the commission looking into the UK's airport needs.
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Japanese wages unexpectedly log their strongest increase since 1997, which may provide a boost to consumer confidence and spending.
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A British activist who campaigns for better labour conditions is set to go on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation.
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Gordon Brown says an independent Scotland would become "an international outcast" if it refused to accept a share of UK debt.
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Card fraud in Asia costs banks $400m a year and is rising by up to 25% a year, according to software analytics firm Fico.
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Vacuum cleaner debate hots up
Yesterday » 3:33:49
How to beat new EU rules on vacuum cleaners.
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The number of people struggling with payday loans has risen by 42% in the past year, according to the debt charity StepChange.
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Readers share their experiences of replacing their operating system
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The student entrepreneurs behind Nigeria's online jobs giant
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Saving America’s honeybees
Yesterday » 3:06:13
Can America's honeybees be saved?
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BBC News talks to Ian Lowe, a blacksmith who teaches other people an ancient art he believes to be future-proof.
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How three students took advantage of a strike by lecturers to create a massive online job site in Nigeria.
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Obama renews minimum wage push
Yesterday » 1:28:14
President Barack Obama says he will continue to press Congress to raise the federal minimum wage in line with recent economic improvements.
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An adviser to London mayor Boris Johnson says he "strongly suspects" the plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", would be rejected.
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Premier League clubs have been on a player buying spree, with spending at £750m, as the end of the transfer window approaches.
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Russia and China begin the construction of a new gas pipeline linking the countries, with a ceremony in the Siberian city of Yakutsk.
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The amount of new money being borrowed by consumers soared to more than £1bn in July, according to the Bank of England.
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Dave Lewis is taking over as chief executive of Tesco a month earlier than planned. Retail analyst Steve Dresser considers what he needs to do for the company.
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One of the UK's most high-profile fund managers, Neil Woodford, says he has decided to sell his holding in HSBC because he is worried about "fine inflation".
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India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, meets Japan's Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on his first major foreign visit since taking office.
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Manufacturing growth in the eurozone slowed to a 13-month low in August, according to a closely-watched survey.
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London Market Report
Yesterday » 8:22:25
Shares in Tesco fall further following news that a major shareholder in the supermarket has cut its stake.
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UK manufacturing body the EEF trims its growth forecast for the sector after its members report a slowdown in both orders and output.
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Heineken sells its Mexican packaging business to US firm Crown Holdings in a deal worth $1.23bn (£740m).
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