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McDonald's boss steps down  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:18:51 GMT
McDonald's boss Don Thompson steps down after two and a half years in the job, as the company struggles with a declining customer base in its home market. 
Facebook earnings beat expectations  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:40:22 GMT
The social network reports fourth-quarter profits of $701m, a 34% increase from the same period a year earlier, buoyed by strong mobile advertising sales. 
Samsung earnings hit by mobile sales  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:04:01 GMT
South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics reported its first annual earnings decline in three years. 
Coder creates smallest chess game  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:18:51 GMT
A computer programmer creates a computer chess program that takes up only 487 bytes of data, breaking a 33-year-old record. 
Selma star defends Benedict Cumberbatch  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:17:02 GMT
David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King in Selma, says it's "ridiculous" to attack Benedict Cumberbatch for using the term "coloured" during an interview. 
Ghostbusters: Female stars confirmed  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:45:47 GMT
Bridesmaids co-stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are to reunite in the all-female Ghostbusters sequel, its director Paul Feig confirms. 
Astra Zeneca drive for genetic drugs  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:00:26 GMT
Astra Zeneca announces a research programme to develop a generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases. 
Scottish fracking block announced  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:57:04 GMT
The Scottish government announces a block on planned fracking operations, pending the outcome of further inquiries. 
Bank chief warns of pandemic threat  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:42:22 GMT
The world is "dangerously unprepared" for future pandemics like the deadly Ebola outbreak, the president of the World Bank warns. 
E. coli found in Winnipeg water  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:14:37 GMT
Residents in the Canadian city of Winnipeg have been instructed to boil their drinking water after testing found E. coli and other bacteria in the water supply. 
Mali & Guinea want lots rule changed  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:21:49 GMT
Managers and players from Mali and Guinea feel the drawing of lots should not be used to decide their Africa Cup of Nations fate. 
Thursday's gossip column  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:31:40 GMT
Real Madrid to get David De Gea on a free, Liverpool eye Ruben Neves, West Ham target Swansea's Gomez, plus more. 
The village that just got its first fridge  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:03:18 GMT
About a quarter of homes in India have a fridge - for the first time a family in one village near Calcutta has installed one in their house. 
The twins of Auschwitz  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:04:40 GMT
On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, survivors of experiments on twins recall their treatment at the hands of SS doctor Josef Mengele. 
Florida cat crawls out of grave  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:37:01 GMT
A cat in Florida who was presumed dead after being run over appears five days later having somehow escaped its grave.