News Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing through economic policies that have been coined Abenomics

Core inflation rose 1.3% in December- beating expectations- matched by rising factory output

George Osborne said in June that the savings from delaying the state pension age were 'absolutely enormous'

Autumn Statement will make the winter of old age colder and harder for today's young people

Will there even be state pensions by the time my children grow up?

From the Tango to the Brazuca via the Jabulani: A brief history of the World Cup ball

With the release of the ball that will be used in Brazil next summer, we take a look through the evolution and varied responses its predecessors were met with

Mulberry profits hit by international expansion costs

British luxury giant sees profit dive 28% to £7.2 million

Here come the bots: meet the seven types of robot that Google has purchased

Robots that carry, sort and see; Google has bought some real talent to kickstart its new division aimed at automating manufacturing and supply chains

Tobacco manufacturers have been accused of producing packaging aimed at attracting young smokers

Equivalent of 20 classrooms-full of children take up smoking every day in UK, according to research

At current rates, half of these children will die because of their habit if they carry on smoking

Dementia costs the UK economy around £23 billion every year

Unprecedented breakthrough in the hunt for a dementia drug within 'five years'

Senior British researchers spearheading efforts to find a cure say that research has entered 'a new era'

YotaPhone review: the dual-screen smartphone is coming to the UK

It's got and LCD screen on the front and an E Ink display (above) on the back - but does it make any sense when you're using it?

YotaPhone: Dual-screen 'always on' smartphone launches for €499 - featuring E Ink on the back, LCD on the front

New design aims to solve the problem of constant notifications by using low power E Ink rear screen to show incoming messages and more

New reversible USB plug promises end to cable confusion

Next generation of USB plugs will be the size of a micro USB, but reversible like Apple's Lightning connector

UK construction sector growing at its fastest pace in six years

Britain's construction sector expanded at its fastest pace in six years in November, hitting its highest levels of output and employment since August 2007, according to newly released data.

Manufacturing jobs boom as growth soars

Britain's manufacturing sector grew at its strongest rate in more than three years last month and is gearing up for a hiring spree to take advantage of improved conditions across the industry, a key survey has revealed.

Down and out in San Juan – the jobless rate in Puerto Rico is at 15 per cent, while government debts amount to $43bn

Puerto Ricans on the move as island economy goes for broke

The US territory is struggling with massive debts and residents are fleeing eight years of recession

David Lynch, Untitled (England). Late 1980s, early 1990s

David Lynch unveils photographs of desolate factories in new exhibition

A recurring motif in his films, Lynch first started photographing abandonned factories in the early 1980s

UK manufacturing growing at its fastest in nearly three years

Manufacturers are working at their fastest pace in more than two and a half years, according to the latest survey snapshot of the sector.

Tesco caught out by huge demand for Hudl tablet

Tesco is struggling to keep up with demand for its new low-cost Hudl tablet and has run out of stock at least twice since launching at the end of September.

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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

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2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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