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VIDEO: Venezuela to fingerprint shoppers

Fri, 2014-08-22 05:21
President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has announced a mandatory fingerprinting system in supermarkets to combat food shortages and smuggling.

VIDEO: Russia ban bites Polish apple crop

Fri, 2014-08-22 05:11
Russian EU food sanctions hit just before the Polish apple crop harvests leaving farmers with a glut of unsold fruit.

LSE rights issue to raise almost £1bn

Fri, 2014-08-22 04:03
The London Stock Exchange is raising £938m in a shareholders rights issue to help fund a £1.6bn US acquisition.

Gap goes to India for new customers

Thu, 2014-08-21 21:17
US clothing store Gap is bringing its brand to India with the aim of opening 40 outlets, and will launch the first two stores early next year.

Can Indonesia's Jokowi meet expectations?

Thu, 2014-08-21 19:53
Voters expect much from Indonesia's president-elect, but can he govern at national as well as local level, asks the BBC's Michael Bristow.

Argentina debt plan ruled 'illegal'

Thu, 2014-08-21 19:32
Argentina's plan to ask investors holding defaulted bonds to swap them for new locally issued debt is ruled "illegal" by a US court.

Equestrian Games gallop into France

Thu, 2014-08-21 19:01
High hopes for the equestrian world games

Poland's apple growers face crunch time

Thu, 2014-08-21 19:01
Russian ban starts to bite for Poland's apple growers

Wall Street market report

Thu, 2014-08-21 16:30
The S&P surges to a fresh all-time high on Thursday boosted by signs of a strengthening US economy.

Dollar store rejects rival $9.7bn bid

Thu, 2014-08-21 11:58
Family Dollar, the US-based discount store at the centre of a bidding war, rejects rival Dollar General's proposal to buy it in a deal worth about $9.7bn (£5.8bn).

Bank in 'double bill' ruling appeal

Thu, 2014-08-21 11:47
Bank of Scotland says it will appeal against a Belfast High Court judgement that ruled it had unfairly double billed customers who fell behind on their mortgages.

US bank in record $16.7bn settlement

Thu, 2014-08-21 11:29
Bank of America agrees to pay a record $16.7bn (£10bn) to US authorities for selling toxic mortgage loans that helped trigger the financial crisis.

Europe: All change on Iraq

Thu, 2014-08-21 09:27
Europe drops earlier assessment on Iraq

Villa appoint Fox as chief executive

Thu, 2014-08-21 09:24
Aston Villa name Tom Fox as the Premier League club's new chief executive, replacing Paul Faulkner, who left in July.

Russia widens McDonald's food probe

Thu, 2014-08-21 08:55
Russia's main consumer watchdog announces unscheduled checks on a number of McDonald's restaurants as part of an investigation into food standards.

Eurozone growth slows in August

Thu, 2014-08-21 08:32
Eurozone business growth slows in August, weighed down by sluggish French and German economies.

UK car production rises in July

Thu, 2014-08-21 07:44
More than 130,000 cars were made in the UK last month, a rise of 2.8% compared with last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Cast of South African soap sacked

Thu, 2014-08-21 07:41
The 16-strong cast of popular South African soap opera Generations is sacked after a long-running dispute over pay and contracts.

Coventry to return to Ricoh Arena

Thu, 2014-08-21 07:32
Coventry City are to return to the Ricoh Arena after agreeing a two-year deal with the company that runs the stadium.

Ten days left to vacuum up a cleaner

Thu, 2014-08-21 07:25
Anyone wanting to buy a powerful vacuum cleaner has only 10 days left to be certain of getting one - following new EU rules that come in next month.