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Alibaba founder Jack Ma tops Forbes annual list of China's richest people

Jack Ma, the founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, has been named China's richest man with an estimated fortune of $19.5 billion, according to Forbes.

Wal-Mart apologises for 'fat girls costumes' website blunder

Shoppers took to social media after retailer used "fat girl costumes" description on its website for plus-sized items

Why BlackBerry should hire Kim Kardashian

Forget Alicia Keys, Kim K is the perfect choice for BlackBerry

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff blows kisses to supporters as she celebrates her victory

Brazil elections: Currency and stocks tumble after Dilma Rousseff is re-elected

Brazilian stocks plunged on Monday as investors reacted to Dilma Rousseff's victory in the country's presidential election on Sunday.

Brazil's President and Workers' Party (PT) presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff (L) and former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva celebrate during news conference after disclosure of the election results, in Brasilia. Rousseff narrowly won re-election after convincing voters that her party's strong record of reducing poverty over the last 12 years was more important than a recent economic slump

With Brazil's economy at a crossroads, Dilma Rousseff faces difficult second term

Dilma Rousseff's narrow victory in yesterday's Brazilian general election has split the country between rich and poor, highlighting the nation's huge economic divide.

Asda faces mass legal action from staff over equal pay

Asda denies it engages in discriminatory practices insisting it treats all employees equally

Russia's Sberbank launches legal challenge against EU over Ukraine sanctions

European Union imposed tough sanctions on five Russian banks, including Sberbank, cutting off international financing

Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank

European markets lower ahead of ECB stress tests and New York ebola case

European markets edged lower on Friday as traders await the results of the European Central Bank's stress tests on eurozone banks.

Under Armour shares fall on sales slowdown

Sports retailer has taken on an ambitious expansion plan as it seeks to grow from niche athletics brand into a mainstream name competing with Nike

Death of Christophe de Margerie: Four airport employees detained for questioning in connection with deadly crash

Russian authorities have arrested four more airport employees in connection with the tragic death of Total chief executive Christophe de Margerie.

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