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For more than 130 years one family has been making Australia's most famous range of hats - Akubra.
A Sainsbury's superstore comes off the National Grid, to be powered directly by electricity generated from its own food waste.
Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone maker Huawei reports a 19% jump in sales to 135.8bn yuan ($21.9bn; £12.8bn) for the first six months of the year.
Akubra has been run by one family for five generations and their handsome felt hats, which are made with rabbit fur, are very much a part of Australia's national identity.
Norberto Odebrecht, the founder of one of Latin America's largest engineering conglomerates, dies at the age of 93.
Aged just eight, Michal Stencl knew he wanted to be a computer programmer - now he runs a firm selling one of world's most popular apps.
How Michal Stencl created one of the world's biggest sat-nav companies in Slovakia.
How to make a fortune writing about stuff you love
Reliance Industries, one of India's largest conglomerates, reports a sharp rise in profits thanks in part to a turnaround in its oil and gas business.
A US court orders the country's second largest cigarette company to pay huge damages to the wife of a smoker who died of lung cancer.
IMF head Christine Lagarde warns that financial markets maybe a little too upbeat given high levels of unemployment and debt in European economies.
After 97 years of family ownership, Forbes Media announces it has sold a majority stake of the firm to a Hong Kong-based group of international investors.
Why are US-EU trade talks so controversial?
China and Zambia have strong trade and business links, but the romance has not been without controversy.
Markets watchdog the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has recommended a full competition inquiry into banks.
Shares in Malaysia Airlines closed down 11% following the crash of flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, raising questions about the airline's future.
Conventional banks in Zanzibar are tapping into a growing market for financial products and services that are compliant with Islamic law.
Who decides where it's safe to fly?
Airlines have been told to divert flights away from eastern Ukraine following the crash of a Malaysian airliner, amid allegations it was shot down.
Most Asian shares fell on Friday after a Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 298 people crashed in eastern Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.