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Firms start to prepare for 2014 festivities
A British Airways plane carrying more than 200 people hits an office building while preparing to take off from Johannesburg in South Africa.
Marks & Spencer has apologised after a Muslim member of staff refused to serve a customer trying to buy alcohol.
The Tiffany & Co jewellery chain is ordered to pay Swatch Group, the world's largest watch-maker, some $448m (£274m) over a failed joint venture.
It was 113 years ago that a man in Austria invented the snow globe, and his company is still going strong today, now run by the founder's grandson.
Erwin Perzy III has grown up surrounded by fake snow - the recipe for which remains a closely guarded secret
Ministers should put practical measures in place to help public services cope with the arrival of Bulgarians and Romanians, a think tank urges.
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Christmas comes just once a year, but for some businesses preparations for the next festive season begin as soon as the decorations are taken down.
Pardoned former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he will do all he can to free political prisoners but will not enter politics.
Nomsa Maseko visits Harare and finds people making a living from Zimbabwe's former currency.
Thirteen people, including the two owners, are charged over a Bangladesh garment factory fire last year that killed more than 100 people.
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto signs a law that changes the constitution to allow foreign companies to drill for oil and gas for the first time since 1938.
Citing stronger growth figures, US President Barack Obama says 2014 will be a 'breakthrough year' for the US economy.
The German supermarket chain Aldi is planning to invest $3bn (£1.8bn) to open 650 new stores in the United States.
Rupert Murdoch's media company NewsCorp buys Storyful, an Irish "social media news agency".
The UK economy is growing faster than previously estimated, according to the latest official figures.
Shares in BAE Systems fall 4.5% on worries about fighter jet sales to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
Smartphone maker Blackberry loses $4.4bn as it agrees a five-year deal with Foxconn, the world's largest maker of electronic products and components.
Deutsche Bank is to pay 1.4bn euros to settle a lawsuit with US authorities over mortgage-backed products.