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AstraZeneca posts a drop in first quarter profits but does not comment on reports that it received a takeover approach from US firm Pfizer.
South Korea's economy grows more than forecast in the first quarter, helped by a jump in construction and exports.
The real surprise of the European elections
China has released a Japanese cargo ship it seized over a war-time debt, a court statement says, after the Japanese firm paid compensation.
A potential free trade deal called the Trans Pacific Partnership is being seen as key to boosting growth in the Asia-Pacific region. But it has raised some questions about the impact on US jobs.
Shares in Qualcomm, one of the world's biggest mobile phone chipmakers, fall 5% in after-hours trading as it issues a weaker than expected growth outlook.
Obama, Abe and a high-stakes trade deal
Can energy grids cope with higher demand and volatile supply
Technology giant Apple plans a share buyback after it reports profits of $10.2bn, selling a more than 43 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2014.
Troubled online game-maker Zynga reports a loss of $61m, as founder Mark Pincus steps down as chief product officer.
Survivors recall Rana Plaza disaster one year on
Liverpool plan to redevelop parts of Anfield to increase the ground's capacity to around 59,000.
A growing number of entrepreneurs say that as technology improves, they can do the once-unthinkable - start and run a business from anywhere in the world.
But success in the markets won't placate protesters
US customers of streaming service Amazon Prime will be able to stream such TV shows as The Sopranos and The Wire thanks to a new deal with subscription channel HBO.
US aerospace giant Boeing raises its profit forecast for 2014 as it announces a "strong" first quarter.
The Bank of England raises its estimate of economic growth in the first quarter of the year and a CBI survey indicates robust growth in the manufacturing sector.
The Football Association was hit by a £34m drop in broadcasting rights income last season compared with 2011-12.
The UK government borrowed £107.7bn in the financial year to April 2014, lower than the amount it borrowed the previous year.
EU member countries have cut new government borrowing, but total debt continues to rise, European Commission figures show.