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21st Century Fox in bid approach for Sky (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:37:51 GMT)
US media giant 21st Century Fox has made a takeover approach for Sky, the UK-based satellite broadcaster.

Defined benefit pension transfer values 'shooting up' (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:26:34 GMT)
Six million people with defined benefit pensions see transfer values shoot up in the last year, according to a big insurance company.

Unpaid benefits at record level (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:28:03 GMT)
A total of £1.7bn in benefits was not paid to those entitled to the money in 2015-16 owing to fraud and error.

Monte dei Paschi shares plunge on ECB reports (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:02:27 GMT)
Shares in Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank fall sharply following reports that it will not get more time to raise cash.

Food industry warns of higher prices without EU workers (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:17:22 GMT)
The UK faces higher food prices without continued access to EU workers, 30 trade associations have warned.

New high-speed Intercity train unveiled (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:05:39 GMT)
A new high-speed Intercity train developed at a County Durham factory rolls off the production line.

UK trade deficit narrows in October (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:57:58 GMT)
The UK trade deficit in goods and services narrowed to £2bn in October as exports rose, official figures show.

Sumitomo to buy banana company Fyffes (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:54:58 GMT)
Irish fruit distributor Fyffes says it has agreed to be bought by Japan's Sumitomo Corporation.

FTSE 100 bolstered by Sky share surge (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:08:58 GMT)
The FTSE 100 sees its fifth consecutive day of gains, with Sky shares staging a late surge.

Tougher crowdfunding rules proposed by FCA (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:55:32 GMT)
Tougher rules are needed to protect investors in crowdfunding platforms, the Financial Conduct Authority says.

Batteries charged to play bigger role in UK energy grid (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:53:05 GMT)
The government has awarded its first back-up power agreements to battery storage plants.

Councils make extra £60m from parking charges and fines (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:57:59 GMT)
The money generated by councils in England from parking operations has risen by 9% in a year, research finds.

Courtside gambling ads dumped from Australian Open (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:44:59 GMT)
Controversial courtside ads for William Hill will not be featured at next month's tennis tournament.

Australia's richest woman Gina Rinehart to buy Kidman estate (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:51:20 GMT)
Australia approves the sale of its largest private landholding, the Kidman estate, to Gina Rinehart.

Kenya pins its prosperity hopes on oil (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:10:58 GMT)
As Kenya prepares to export oil, the promise of petrodollars has generated high expectations.

Singapore to shut down 2G network (Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:44:57 GMT)
Singapore prepares to shut down its 2G mobile phone network leaving thousands looking for a new service.

Cameroon's 'protected' Penja pepper (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:28:14 GMT)
Cameroon's "protected" Penja pepper has helped to transform the region, economically.

The hopping robot and other tech news (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:12:08 GMT)
BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news

Artist's Jane Austen fivers 'worth £20,000' to be found (Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:36:20 GMT)
Artist Graham Short's tiny engravings of Jane Austen on four £5 notes could make anyone who finds one £20,000.

Edible gardens take root in urban Singapore (Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:57:55 GMT)
On the island of Singapore, young urbanites are being shown how to grow their own tropical-friendly, edible gardens.

'See past my disability, give me a job' (Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:46:17 GMT)
June is disabled and was unable to find a job for three years.

Facial scan app wants to get to know you (Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:59:10 GMT)
Augmented reality app Blippar can now recognise the faces of 70,000 public figures.

Michael Jordan wins trademark case in China's top court (Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:55:02 GMT)
China's supreme court rules in favour of basketball legend Michael Jordan in a long-running trademark dispute.

£5 notes 'worth £20,000' in circulation (Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:09:31 GMT)
Four special £5 notes, engraved with a tiny portrait of Jane Austen, are put into circulation.

Not black and white (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:30:13 GMT)
Digital is shaking up the sport viewing picture, as fans find new ways to watch their favourite teams in a landscape increasingly dominated by pay-TV.

Changing minds (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:02:19 GMT)
Since the recession more people have reported feeling stressed at work, and that can lead to mental health problems. How do you support the workforce by breaking the taboo around mental illness?

Spot the difference (Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:04:21 GMT)
Online ads can be irritating and irrelevant, so can technology help them become more targeted?

'Toxic employee' (Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:25:22 GMT)
Most of us have to deal with a disruptive colleague during our working lives, but how can a company best deal with such "toxic employees"?

Vikings rule (Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:03:25 GMT)
Iceland has become a model country for gender equality but women there say more needs to be done.

Office parties (Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:02:01 GMT)
Christmas party season is upon us again, but what do employers and staff really get out of these events?

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