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EU chiefs back tough new Russia curbs

Van Rompuy and Barroso call for approval of ‘phase three’ sanctions

Temporary ceasefire takes effect in Gaza

Tensions high in West Bank after deadly clashes

Grieving Dutch rethink Russian relations

National shock at airline deaths undermines usual pragmatism

Bose gets noisy in suit over Apple’s Beats

Claims that rival infringed patents on noise-cancelling technology

US looks at ‘ultra-long’ Treasury bonds

Low yields spark call to consider maturities over 30 years

Tablet magic wanes as Jobs’ dream realised

Demand for computing screen slabs is slowing

Brazil injects $20bn into banking sector

Stimulus designed to boost credit in flagging economy

Citi pays $5m to settle SEC data charges

Bank fine relates to failure to safeguard order information

Afghanistan, Kabul, May 6, 2014 Sayed Khalid, on the roof of Kardan University, Old Taimani Square location. Mr. Khalid founded the university with others in 2002 (it didn't have the university status back then) but is no longer part of the organization. He now runs among others SAFA TELECOM. www.safa-telecom.com a satellite communications company. He is wearing a tie in the colours of the Afghan flag. Photo: Joël van Houdt ©Joel van Houdt

Fast-food chains bitten by rapid China rise

Origins of latest meat scandal lie in massive expansion

Central American leaders make border plea

Resources sought to stem tide of child migrants

Longest UK slump in a century ends

Of G7 only Italy taken longer than UK to reach pre-crisis size

Truth is fiercely contested in Gaza war

Accusations of US media bias reveal deep political divisions

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Wall Street legend ‘Ace’ Greenberg dies

Former Bear Stearns chief ‘epitomised the American dream’

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Chess in cyber space: a smart move?

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