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Brazil's economy grew 0.2% in the first quarter of 2014, official statistics show, ahead of the football World Cup and presidential elections in October.
Shares in French banking giant BNP Paribas fall 6% after reports said the bank may have to pay $10bn to settle an investigation into sanctions violations.
Ukraine has paid part of its gas debt to Russia after talks between the two countries and the European Union, says the EU's Energy Commissioner.
German industrial giant Siemens plans a major reorganisation of its business, affecting 11,600 workers.
India's economy grew at a slower-than-forecast annual pace of 4.6% between January and March, due largely to a slowdown in the manufacturing sector.
Manufacturers of products that use "conflict minerals" must submit a plan to deal with the problem by Monday, and many are expected to miss the deadline.
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Google launches a service to allow Europeans to ask for personal data to be removed from search results, after a European court ruling.
Microsoft's former CEO Steve Ballmer reaches a potential record deal to buy the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team for $2bn (£1.2bn).
The UK economy is in good health according to studies from two major business lobby groups, the CBI and the British Chambers of Commerce.
The US economy is contracting but the stock markets continue to rise.
Reliance Industries, one the biggest corporate houses in India, says it will acquire a majority stake in a major media firm Network18.
Consumer prices in Japan rise at their fastest pace in 23 years in April, surging 3.2% from a year earlier, as the sales tax rise comes into effect.
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As the costs of treating ageing populations spiral out of control, can technology help deliver more sustainable healthcare systems?
US car giant Ford recalls a total of 1.4 million cars, the majority of which are sport utility vehicles sold in North America, due to a possible loss of power steering.
Budget airline Southwest is fined $200,000 by US regulators for TV adverts that promised non-existent low fares.
Is cricket's IPL losing its brand appeal?
Virgin Galactic signs a deal with the US Federal Aviation Authority, which will allow it to charter space flights from a base in New Mexico.
Britain's Linda Jackson talks about her new role as chief executive of France's iconic car company, Citroen.