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Starbucks engulfed in China meat scandal after it confirms 'contaminated chicken' sandwich

McDonald's, Pizza Hut and KFC have also been hit by the scandal after admitting to using meat from supplier Husi Food

Russian President Putin has said that MH17 should not be used for

Russian oligarchs lose billions amid Ukraine crisis

Russia's 19 billionaires have already lost more than $14 billion since January as Russian economy feels the heat

Royal Mail frets over Amazon threat to parcels business

Postal giant blames Amazon’s introduction of its own delivery vans, as well as it cutting the minimum order required to qualify for free delivery, for drop in parcel revenues

A closed Malaysia Airlines counter at Schiphol airport near Amsterdam

Malaysia Airlines to 'file for bankruptcy or go private' in turnaround plan

Malaysia Airlines set to present a turnaround plan later this week which could see it filing for bankruptcy or taken private ahead of major restructuring

Carlos Slim has built a telecoms and retail empire that spans the US and most of Latin America

Billionaire Carlos Slim calls for three-day working week and later retirement

Mexican tycoon argues a shorter, but longer, working week would boost productivity and happiness

McDonald's and KFC in China food scare after supplier 'falsified expiry dates on rotten meat'

Shanghai Husi Food Company hit by allegations that it reprocessed food and falsified expiry dates on meat

American Apparel chief Dov Charney is back... but it's not what you think

Controversial founder set to return as 'consultant' while the investigation into alleged misconduct continues

L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs

L'Oreal confirms Axelle Despiegelaere's contract with the French beauty behemoth has "been completed"

Apple victory after EU top court says store designs may be registered as trademarks

European Court of Justice argues a store can be a trademark if 'the layout departs significantly' from competitors

A wooden house collapsed due to strong winds caused by Typhoon Neoguri in Naha, on Japan's southern island of Okinawa

Neoguri storm leaves 'three dead, dozens injured' as it sweeps Japan

At least three people have died after Neoguri storm sent mud and rock tumbling down across Japan

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A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
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All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
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Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
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And our children are suffering because of it
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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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