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The European Union and the US should do do everything possible to finish negotiating their landmark free trade deal in the new year, say EU leaders.
Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources have said.
Namibia's mining sector has performed weaker during the third quarter of 2014, as production of diamonds, uranium and zinc concentrate decreased.
Consumer confidence in Germany has seen a boost in December as shoppers hit the stores for Christmas and looked ahead to the new year with optimism.
Asian markets have rallied for a second straight session, boosted by another strong performance on Wall Street.
Global stock markets have surged in a "Santa Claus rally" as dealers welcomed the US Federal Reserve's signalling that an interest rate rise was not imminent.
Oil prices have skidded sharply in volatile trade, pushing the US benchmark futures contract to a new five-year low amid concerns about ample global supplies.
Online privacy will remain a thorny issue over the next decade, without a widely accepted system that balances user rights and personal data collection, a survey of experts has showed.