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Cameron wants Lloyds shares sell-off

Up to £4bn worth of Lloyds Bank shares would be offered to the public if the Conservatives win the election, David Cameron says.

China cuts bank reserve requirements

China's central bank is to cut its bank reserve requirement ratio by one percentage point, as it aims to stimulate a cooling economy.

Saudi industrial in profits fall

Saudi Arabian manufacturing and chemicals giant Sabic posts a 39% drop in net profits in the first quarter of the year.

Finland votes amid economic slump

Finnish voters go to the polls amid hopes that a new government will pull the country out of its three-year economic slump.

UK monitoring French nuclear issue

Britain's nuclear safety regulator says it expects lessons to be learned from problems with a French reactor that is very similar to one planned in the UK.

White goods dominate e-waste items

Old kitchen, bathroom and laundry equipment made up 60% of the 41.8 million tonnes of electronic waste thrown away in 2014, suggests a report.

Argentina acts over Falklands oil

Argentina begins legal proceedings against three British and two US companies for drilling oil near the Falkland Islands.

Jobless total lowest since July 2008

UK unemployment has fallen to its lowest rate since July 2008, official figures have shown.

VW boss to stay despite divisions

The chief executive of Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, wins the backing of the company's top bosses, following a clash with the chairman.

Record £6bn order for Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce receives its largest order to date, worth £6.1bn ($9.2bn), to supply engines for Emirates airline A380 planes.

Computer failure cancels debt issue

Government officials have been forced to postpone a debt issue, after a computer failure at the City information firm Bloomberg.

Sagging Barbie sales cost Mattel

Struggling US toymaker Mattel saw its sales drop for a sixth consecutive quarter as the appeal of its iconic Barbie doll continues to wane.

Adultery website plans London listing

A Canadian dating website focusing on adultery has announced its intention to list publicly in London because of Europe's more "laissez-faire attitude".

German cars 'amongst least reliable'

German cars are amongst the least reliable, and Japanese cars amongst the most dependable, according to an industry survey.

VIDEO: Against austerity in Ireland

An Irish teacher turned to political activism after austerity measures were introduced in Ireland.

VIDEO: Falkland Islands oil sparks dispute

Argentina has started legal proceedings against three British and two US companies for drilling oil near the Falkland Islands.

VIDEO: Sole-d: Why Northampton shoes are big in Japan

Around a third of all shoes made in the UK end up in Japan.

VIDEO: World Bank head pledges AIIB support

The head of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, says he will work with China's new Asian Infrastructure Bank to help fight poverty.

VIDEO: Ethiopia's gluten-free 'superfood'

A rise in the popularity around the world of teff, Ethiopia's gluten-free 'superfood', requires careful management, says the country's government.

VIDEO: Revitalising India's 'Gandhi cloth'

Introduced to India in the 1920s and worn by Mahatma Gandhi, the woven fabric khadi is making a comeback.

VIDEO: Zambia's disgruntled maize farmers

Despite a bumper harvest, Zambia's maize farmers are unhappy about subsidies, prices and profit.

VIDEO: Affordable art fever grips Asia

Few art lovers can afford big name art works - but Asia is increasingly discovering the world of the affordable art fair as a way to find that special piece.

The death and rebirth of Y264 TKP

There's no such thing as the scrapheap

The start-ups that want your electronic junk

The start-ups that want your electronic junk

How close is Greece to Grexit?

How close is Greece to leaving the euro?

Beyond the first law of computing

Will Moore's Law last another 50 years?

Why use negative interest rates?

Why are some borrowers being paid for it?

Could a ‘miracle tree’ help end malnutrition

Could the moringa help eradicate malnutrition in Zambia?

AA: Drivers' pockets being plundered

The AA has accused fuel retailers of "plundering drivers' pockets" by putting up the price of petrol and diesel disproportionately.

IMF praises UK economic strategy

The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, endorses the UK coalition government's economic strategy, during a meeting in Washington.


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