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Labour suggests London buildings sale

The QEII Conference Centre and the Civil Service Club are among four London landmarks that Labour says could be sold off to reduce the deficit.

New web data powers plan for police

A law forcing communications firms to keep details that could help identify criminals using the internet is being planned by the home secretary.

RBS admits error in stress test data

State-backed bank Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) says a data error means it only just passed a European stress test of its balance sheet.

Aviva and Friends Life discuss merger

Aviva and Friends Life are in talks about a possible £5.6bn merger deal, the two insurance companies have said.

Wave power firm in administration

Wave power technology firm Pelamis is calling in administrators after failing to secure development funding.

Labour warns over pension charges

Labour urges the government to ensure people taking advantage of new pension freedoms next April are not ripped off by financial firms.

China rate cut spurs global markets

A cut in interest rates in China and comments from Europe's Central Bank chief spur US markets on to fresh highs

Public borrowing at £7.7bn in October

Government borrowing fell to £7.7bn in October, official figures show, down £0.2bn from a year earlier.

Delta swaps Boeings for Airbus jets

American airline Delta replaces its old Boeing planes in a $14bn order for 50 Airbus wide-body jets powered by Rolls Royce engines

Dyson: 'Keep engineers in Britain'

James Dyson tells the BBC it's important to keep engineers in Britain to produce hi-tech exports, as he announces a £1bn investment in research and development.

HSBC under investigation in France

HSBC's Swiss-based private banking arm confirms it has been placed under formal investigation in France, days after being accused of tax fraud by Belgium authorities.

Treasury revises debt recovery plans

Taxpayers will have longer to appeal before HM Revenue and Customs can raid their bank accounts for unpaid taxes, under revised plans released by the Treasury.

Malaysia to end fuel subsidies

Malaysia plans to end petrol and diesel subsidies from December in an attempt to save billions of dollars and reduce its fiscal deficit.

Sotheby's chief executive steps down

The chief executive of renowned auction house Sotheby's, William Ruprecht, is stepping down after 14 years at the helm.

JJB Sports boss guilty of £1m fraud

The former chief executive of JJB Sports, Christopher Ronnie, is convicted of accepting more than £1m in backhanders from suppliers.

India tea workers kill boss over pay

Workers at a tea plantation in eastern India beat and stab the owner to death in a row over pay arrears.

Holy trademark! Batman v Valencia

La Liga giants Valencia are facing a fight to be allowed to use a bat symbol on their crest - from the creators of Batman.

More IT glitches for RBS customers

Some Royal Bank of Scotland customers suffer from problems using cards in stores and at cash machines, the day after the bank was fined £56m for its 2012 IT meltdown.

Gender pay gap shrinks to record low

The average full-time pay gap between men and women is at its narrowest since comparative records began in 1997, but is still a difference of 9.4%, official figures show.

RBS fined £56m over computer failure

Royal Bank of Scotland is fined £56m by regulators after a 2012 software issue left millions of customers unable to access their accounts.

Body to 'accelerate' wave power

A new body to encourage development in wave energy technology is announced the day after one wave power company called in the administrators.

UK retail sales rise 0.8% in October

UK retail sales rise 0.8% October compared with September, and is 4.3% up on October 2013, according to official figures.

China's factory activity stagnates

Activity in some of China's factories and workshops hits a six month low in November, a fresh survey shows.

UAE's female fashion designers

As more Emirati women enter the private sector, a growing number are going into fashion design, reports Verity Ratcliffe from Dubai.

Afghan businesses hope for change

The new government in Afghanistan says it wants to make it easier to do business in the country - but will things change?

Ex-convict turned chef cooks up social change

A former convict turned entrepreneur is looking to give other ex-offenders in Singapore a new lease on life through his restaurant chain Eighteen Chefs.

Bournemouth plan 18,000 expansion

Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn says the club are looking to expand the Goldsands Stadium to 18,000.

Scala to assess 'corruption' reports

The head of Fifa's Audit and Compliance Committee is to evaluate reports into alleged World Cup corruption.

Premier League faces TV rights probe

Ofcom opens an investigation into how the Premier League sells live TV media rights for its football matches following a complaint from Virgin Media.

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How Olympic athlete and world record holder Haile Gebrselassie has become a property mogul and leading investor in Ethiopia.


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