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Most Asian shares fell on Friday after a Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 298 people crashed in eastern Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
The £1.4bn contract to run the Crossrail service through London from 2018 has been awarded to Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation, Transport for London (TfL) announces.
The Co-op confirms it will sell its pharmacies for £620m to Bestway Group.
Apple is criticised by the European Commission for not offering any "concrete and immediate" plans to stop users being misled by "free" apps.
US drug firm AbbVie has clinched a deal to buy the UK pharmaceutical company Shire for £32bn, after Shire reversed its opposition to the takeover earlier this week.
Microsoft's ambitious TV division is to close, a month after debuting its first show.
The Conservatives outline plans to tighten strike ballot laws if they win the general election, requiring a minimum 50% turnout for action to be legal.
Internet giant Google reports a 22% jump in revenue and profits of $3.4bn during the second quarter, helped by strong advertising sales.
US shares dip sharply on fears of increased tension between Russia and the West after a Malaysia Airlines plane crashes in Ukraine.
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Markets watchdog the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is set to recommend a full competition inquiry into banks, the BBC learns.
Ministers are to examine fresh claims about allegations of mis-selling from Scottish Power's chain of stores up to 15 years ago.
Labour will soon unveil a promise to change the law to allow for the part renationalisation of the rail network, the BBC has learned.
Broadcaster ITV is the biggest riser on the London stock market, but the FTSE 100 index edges lower.
US banking giant Morgan Stanley sees its quarterly net income doubled, helped by its investment banking and money-management arms.
Airbnb's new logo has been criticised and mocked by social media users, although others have praised the rebrand.
Cities should invest in green energy production to compete with the main UK energy suppliers, the IPPR think tank suggests.