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Nintendo halves annual profit target

24 min 23 sec ago
Nintendo's operating profit grew nearly 50% in the last quarter but it was not enough to keep the game-maker from slashing its full year target.
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Nuclear scientist jailed in US

44 min 4 sec ago
A former nuclear scientist in the US is jailed for five years for trying to pass nuclear bomb-making secrets to Venezuela.
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Inquest hears of Sydney siege deaths

1 hour 44 min ago
The start of the inquest into the Sydney cafe siege hears that hostage Katrina Dawson was killed by fragments of a police bullet or bullets.
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Saudi Arabia and an uncertain future

1 hour 49 min ago
An uncertain future for Saudi Arabia after King Abdullah
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Afghan economy stagnates amid political deadlock

1 hour 52 min ago
Political vacuum leaves Aghan businesses feeling blocked
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Could Greece prompt wholesale change in Europe?

2 hours 2 min ago
Could Syriza's triumph produce Europe-wide political change?
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VIDEO: An immigrant's struggle to assimilate

2 hours 8 min ago
A portrait of my displaced mother and her mental turmoil
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The firms helping teenage girls

2 hours 12 min ago
The entrepreneurs helping teenage girls in the developing world
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App links sighted helpers with blind people

2 hours 32 min ago
New app gives blind people help to see
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Questions over Qatar handball stars

2 hours 37 min ago
The coach of Qatar's record-beating World Championship handball squad faces questions about the high number of foreign players in his team.
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How Russia outfoxes its enemies

2 hours 38 min ago
The art of 'maskirovka' - how Russia keeps enemies guessing
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China's super-rich communist Buddhists

2 hours 42 min ago
Is China bringing Tibetan Buddhism in from the cold?
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Japan probes new 'hostage recording'

2 hours 57 min ago
Japan says it is investigating a purported new voice recording of hostage Kenji Goto, who is being held by Islamic State.
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Samsung earnings hit by mobile sales

3 hours 14 min ago
South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics reported its first annual earnings decline in three years.
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Too many women in jail says minister

3 hours 20 min ago
The number of women being sent to prison should be halved, says Justice Minister Simon Hughes.
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League tables branded a 'nonsense'

3 hours 36 min ago
Scores of England's top private schools are expecting to be at the bottom of the secondary school league tables, following confusion over IGCSEs.
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NHS satisfaction 'risen significantly'

3 hours 38 min ago
Satisfaction with the NHS has "risen significantly", according to analysis of the influential British Social Attitudes survey.
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Earthquake recorded in East Midlands

4 hours 2 min ago
An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 has been recorded in the East Midlands, the US Geological Survey reports.
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Argentina's Nisman 'feared guards'

4 hours 3 min ago
Top Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who died in unexplained circumstances, borrowed a gun because he feared for his security, a colleague says.
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Real Madrid to rename Bernabeu

4 hours 15 min ago
Real Madrid are set to rename the Bernabeu as part of a sponsorship deal with a UAE-based petroleum investment company.
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"Oye El Consejo" (Listen to My Advice) performed by Los Guayaberos, the musical group of legendary Cuban composer, Faustino Oramas (1911-2007; "El Guayabero").