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European Central Bank president Mario Draghi says the eurozone recovery is "weak", as the ECB holds interest rates at 0.5%.
The childhood home of the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, could be declared as a protected historical site.
A Brazilian judge orders construction work to be halted on one of the football stadiums for the 2014 World Cup over concerns for workers' safety.
The chief of Las Vegas' Consumer Electronics Show reveals that Microsoft is returning to the event and will have a large presence at 2014's event.
Italy's PM Enrico Letta addresses parliament ahead of a crucial vote of confidence, saying defeat could be fatal for the country.
The number of registered jobless in Spain rises for the first time in seven months, government data shows.
Familiar problems for the European Central Bank
Investors have plenty to be jumpy about, writes Jamie Robertson
Spencer Kelly examines how Iceland is looking to be the first country to run completely on renewable energy.
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn makes another push for Apple to buy back its stock, saying the move will help boost the value of Apple's shares.
Asian Development Bank cuts its growth outlook for developing Asia, citing slower expansion in China and India, two of the region's biggest economies.
Hyundai Motor says it will defer payments due from US federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown.
Kurdish academic reformer under fire
The BBC's Richard Taylor looks at a new solar charging chip which allows panels to plug into and power a device directly, without the need for a battery.
The BBC's Jennifer Pak speaks to Lew Fong Voon about his passion for shoe design and how he came to create his own brand in Malaysia.
The BBC hears from Lewré Lew, about his love for design and how the Malaysian shoe industry has changed in his 30 years in the business.
The dollar sinks to 8-month low against a range of currencies, before staging a slight recovery, despite fears that a partial shutdown of the US government will hit the country's economy.
US pharmaceutical giant Merck announces it will cut 8,500 further jobs in an attempt to cut $2.5bn (£1.5bn) from its costs by 2015.
Leading figures in Silvio Berlusconi's own party defy him by calling on MPs to back the Italian coalition government in a confidence vote.
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