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The UK manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace for 17 months in September as a result of the strong pound and weakness in the eurozone, a survey indicates.
Thousands of customers trying to renew their car tax online are experiencing problems with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website.
South African soap fans are cut off from the country's most popular programme following the August sacking of its entire cast.
The United States and Brazil have come to an agreement designed to end a decade long dispute over cotton subsidies, reports say.
Japanese large manufacturers' confidence improved in the three months to September, according to a closely-watched central bank survey.
Irish water charges spark a flood of complaints
Government measures to reduce the sale of cheap alcohol have been criticised by health researchers.
Norway is the best place to be old, according to an index of the quality of later life in published on the UN's International Day of Older Persons.
Brazil says it needs teachers not footballers
The $250m internet firm at the forefront of 'lowbrow click-bait'
The rise, and possible fall, of 'Bond King' Bill Gross
Argentina deposits $161m in bond interest payments with the state-controlled Nacion Fideicomisos bank, in an effort to skirt US court rulings.
The US state is the first to pass legislation imposing a ban on single-use plastic bags in grocery and convenience stores.
Microsoft announces the next version of its core operating system, called Windows 10, which will reintroduce the Start Menu.
Indian PM Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama call for a "new agenda" between their countries during Mr Modi's two-day visit to the US.
Would an inquiry burst Premier League bubble?
Next says the recent warm weather has slowed sales growth and adds it might have to cut its profit forecast if the warm spell continues.
E-commerce site eBay is planning to split off its payments system PayPal into a separate company next year.
Every game at the Rugby World Cup is oversubscribed in at least one price category, with tickets to be allocated by ballot.
The EU decides to keep sanctions on Russia in place, judging that Ukraine's peace deal is not fully effective.