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Scotch whisky exports remained flat last year, as sales were hit by slowing demand in China and other emerging markets.
Asian markets end Friday's session lower as investors take their cue from the US market and dump technology stocks.
Samsung's latest smartphone swings in
The Co-operative Bank has confirmed it has made a loss of £1.3bn for 2013 and said it will not pay out £5m to former executives.
The Japanese government approves an energy plan that backs the use of nuclear power, despite public anxiety after the Fukushima disaster.
Academic and author Richard Hoggart, whose writing influenced ideas about the quality of contemporary life and the power of the media, dies at the age of 95.
A US trial of hi-tech goggles could reduce the need for secondary operations for cancer patients.
The Crown Prosecution Service needs to "keep a cool head" in investigations of historic abuse cases, a former director of public prosecutions warns.
The US accuses Russia of using gas supplies to try to control Ukraine, as Nato defends the accuracy of satellite images of Russian troops near the border.
Why dynasties dominate Indian politics
Russians' view of Crimea from a fairytale setting
A Brazilian woman has narrowly avoided being robbed - while being interviewed about local crime.
Cities on frontline of climate change struggle
Shares of Japan's Fast Retailing tumble in Tokyo trade after the company revises down its full year profit forecasts due to sluggish sales at home.