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Japan raises sales tax for the first time in 17 years, in an attempt to rein in mounting public debt and tackle rising welfare costs.
Exxon Mobil, the US's largest oil and gas company, says in a new report that world climate policies are "highly unlikely" to stop it from producing and selling fossil fuels in the near future.
Official data from the Chinese government show that manufacturing expanded slightly in March, but analysts say weakness remains in the world's second-largest economy.
Dating website OKCupid asks users to avoid browser Mozilla Firefox in response to new Firefox boss Brendan Eich's previous opposition to gay marriage.
Late payments affect the cash flow, profitability, and growth prospects of many small businesses, so can technology help solve this chronic problem?
Cromlix, Andy Murray's hotel venture near his home town of Dunblane, is open for business.
GM recalls 1.3m vehicles for a steering defect, with the company already facing questions over its handling of a flawed ignition system.
The Football Association is criticised as new England replica shirts - to be worn at the World Cup - go on sale for up to £90.
German airline Lufthansa says it will cancel 3,800 flights this week because of a strike by pilots.
The latest round in a bitter tit-for-tat legal row between Apple and Samsung will begin again on Monday in California.
The government has agreed that pubs can stay open for England matches that have a late kick-off.
Inflation in the 18-nation eurozone fell to 0.5% in March, marking its lowest rate since November 2009.
A profile of serial entrepreneur Shaa Wasmund, who continues to enjoy a varied business career that has covered areas such as the internet and boxing.
The operator of Britain's train tracks and stations, Network Rail, announces a five-year plan to invest £38bn in rail infrastructure.
The Disney musical recently reached $1.072 billion (£644.5m) at the worldwide box office, overtaking Toy Story 3.
Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei says strong demand from China helped it to increase annual profits by 34%.
Chinese internet giant Alibaba invests $692m in Intime, a Chinese mall operator, as the firm continues its investment spree ahead of its public stock offering.
Factory output in Japan declined by 2.3% in February, official figures show, ahead of a planned tax increase on 1 April.
Brazilian security forces move into a slum near Rio airport, as part of efforts to drive out drugs gangs before this year's football World Cup.
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