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Some £4m in cold weather payments, to help vulnerable people with energy bills, have been made in March - compared with nothing in the same month last year.
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The price of wholesale gas surges to a record high on Friday after the unexpected closure of one of three import pipelines.
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Three lenders get access to £30m to boost the funding of small businesses, which Vince Cable calls an "important boost for non-traditional lenders".
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ARM's chief executive Warren East announced he is stepping down, sending the share price tumbling by 2.6%.
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A US federal judge has ordered tobacco firms to pay for an advertising campaign to explain the dangers of smoking.
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There could be lessons from the 1930s for the UK - how it escaped austerity with cuts to welfare and building homes nearly a century ago, claims David Starkey.
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Would you pay £40 for an hour long snuggle with a stranger? That's the novel idea behind The Snuggery, located in a cosy suburb on the shores of Lake Ontario in the United States. The BBC's New York correspondent Matt Wells reports.
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Staff at 373 Crown post offices will strike on Easter Saturday in a dispute over shop closures, jobs and levels of pay.
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The residents of Rathlin are divided over plans to drill for oil near their island.
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Oil giant BP says it will buy back $8bn (£5.2bn) of shares, returning to shareholders the money they had put into a complicated Russian venture.
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China needs a "renewed reform momentum" to sustain long term growth, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
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MPs in Cyprus are due to begin voting on a series of bills that aim to raise the funds the country needs to secure an international bailout.
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At times of European austerity, Italy's artisan cheese makers are resorting to some more unusual methods to make their products appealing to buyers.
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West Ham will be the Olympic Stadium tenants after the government increases its funding by £25m to about £60m.
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China becomes the world's second-biggest movie market, displacing Japan, underscoring its importance as a key market for Hollywood's moviemakers.
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Cypriot MPs are to vote on new measures to raise the funds the country needs to secure vital bailout before Monday's deadline.
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Securing water supplies is a key issue for Asia as the world's most populous region. Our correspondents mark World Water Day with a look at the problems facing their cities.
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Competition is heating up up between Singapore and Hong Kong on a new front - settling international disputes.
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Competing for Qatari money
22 Mar 2013 0:34:31
The small Gulf state being wooed by governments and foreign firms
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Theo Leggett looks at high-tech solutions to traffic problems, including a car that folds itself to fit in a smaller space.
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Can technology save the phone box from extinction?
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Local councils could be sitting on £250bn in hidden assets
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Nike's quarterly profits beat analysts' forecasts as a recovery in US sales and lower material costs help offset continued weakness in China.
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Indonesia's wage wars
21 Mar 2013 2:13:03
Has prosperity in Indonesia trickled down?
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An official report into the government's main welfare to work initiative, the Work Programme, highlights significant problems with the scheme.
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