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Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange, which trades commodities, is being probed by the police and market regulators over alleged financial irregularities.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg promise that the coalition will continue up until polling day in the 2015 general election.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent a special envoy to Beijing, state media announces, amid cooling relations after weeks of tension.
German software company SAP says it hopes to recruit hundreds of people with autism, saying they have a unique talent for information technology.
Trevor Bolder, the bassist in David Bowie's legendary 1970s backing band Spiders From Mars, dies from cancer at the age of 62.
A stocktake of UK nature suggests 60% of animal and plant species have declined in the past 50 years - and one in 10 could end up disappearing.
A row has erupted between Russia and Azerbaijan over the Eurovision song contest, with the Russian foreign minister accusing the Azerbaijanis of vote-rigging.
Cuba is reopening some of its mothballed sugar mills to try to take advantage of rising sugar prices.
Pakistani politician Imran Khan is discharged from hospital two weeks after falling from a platform at an election campaign rally.
The family of a US man found hanged in Singapore withdraw from an inquiry into his death, saying they no longer have confidence in the system.
Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth, arrested last week over allegations of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League, insists he is innocent.
David Cameron is to urge EU leaders to back action against the tax evasion and "aggressive" tax avoidance he says is costing all nations.
Why Cuba is investing in the sweet stuff
The Zimbabwean refugee who sends money back home
Landmark ruling could halt Israel's seizure of Palestinian property
A sweeping immigration bill that would offer a chance of citizenship to millions living in the US illegally takes a stride forward in Congress.
Spotlight on Chile's masked protest movement
Can China harness its millions of cheap graduates?
US tax officials tell a congressional hearing they did not know their agency had targeted conservative groups.
Two Spanish tourists are kidnapped in north-eastern Colombia while driving to a tourist attraction in La Guajira, near the Venezuelan border.