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Japan’s trade deficit has hit an all-time high as imports were swollen by higher energy prices and a weak yen.

Investment View: Why you should sit tight in May to see winnings

If you hold your money in cash or bonds you can expect to see inflation steadily eroding its value

Rupee slumps amid capital outflow fears

The rupee was routed yesterday, as traders placed bets that the Indian currency would continue to slide in value against the US dollar.

Tourists head back to ailing Greece

Tourists are beginning to return to Greece, offering some much-needed support for the battered eurozone economy.

Hot seat: Wigan have become reliant on Sam Tomkins who will be a key figure in Saturday’s Challenge Cup final

Sam Tomkins holds the key as Wigan seek repeat of '85

When it comes to Rugby League Challenge Cup finals, no two names resonate together quite like Hull and Wigan.

A pile of Bitcoins are shown here after Software engineer Mike Caldwell minted them in his shop on April 26, 2013 in Sandy, Utah. Bitcoin is an experimental digital currency used over the Internet that is gaining in popularity worldwide. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images

Bitcoin is a currency, rules US judge

Ruling means suspected fraudster dealing in virtual currency can be charged

Sony posts surprise profit on back of Xperia smartphones

Embattled entertainment and electronics giant Sony beat analysts’ expectations with first-half profits today, thanks to a weak yen and the success of Sony’s Xperia smartphones.

Eve Online's biggest ever battle was the game's 'Battle of the Alamo'

Over 4,000 pilots were involved a one-tenth speed space battle for precious - virtual - resources

Satyajit Das: China sets out on long march back to self-reliance as trade gets rough

Midweek View: The country has become increasingly resentful about the destruction of the value of its savings
A pile of Bitcoins are shown here after Software engineer Mike Caldwell minted them in his shop on April 26, 2013 in Sandy, Utah. Bitcoin is an experimental digital currency used over the Internet that is gaining in popularity worldwide. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images

Bitcoin Ponzi scheme: Texas man sued for 'sham' worth $65m

Trendon Shavers took in 'at least' 700,000 Bitcoins by offering a 7% interest rate with 'zero risk'

Smiths warns profits will be hit by problems in detection division

The airport security-scanner maker Smiths Group warned that problems at its detection business would knock £15m off operating profit this year.

Why America is winning the modern Great Game

The US borrows in its own currency, benefiting from a ready market for its securities, both at home and abroad

Postcard from... Brussels

The eurozone is getting a new member, and with Latvia’s entry comes a new coin that could rattle around in pockets from the southern shores of Cyprus to the northern reaches of Finland.

Apple has been criticised for shipping jobs abroad, to companies such as Foxconn in China

Worldwide tech spending set to hit $3.7 trillion by end of 2013

Latest industry figures from Gartner show only 2% on 2012

Money Insider: How sending cash overseas is getting much cheaper

Transferring money overseas is a market that has been dominated for years by global banking institutions and established players including Western Union and MoneyGram.

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
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