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US home prices up for fifth month
US house prices rose in October for the fifth month in a row, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller Home Price index.
Post-Christmas sales wow shoppers
Shoppers flocked to the High Street over the Christmas weekend, with numbers far exceeding 2008's, figures show.
Disaster damage 'decline' in 2009
Natural catastrophes took fewer lives and caused less damage this year than in 2008, according to the re-insurance group Munich Re.
Italian amnesty raises 95bn euros
Beating forecasts, Italy's tax amnesty raised 95bn euros (£86bn; $137bn), the country's Finance Ministry says.
Russia and Ukraine sign oil deal
Russia and Ukraine reportedly come to an agreement that will avoid any disruption of oil supplies to the EU.
The 75% drop
20 years since its peak has the Nikkei turned a corner?
Secret mobile phone codes cracked
A German computer scientist publishes details of the secret code used to encrypt the majority of mobile phone conversations.
Google is sued by Chinese author
A Beijing judge tells Chinese novelist Mian Mian, who is suing Google over its online library plan, to hold settlement talks.
Japan Airlines shares hit new low
Shares in Japan Airlines tumble as much as 11%, touching a new low of 85 yen, after reports the carrier may file for bankruptcy.
Unemployment 'will peak at 2.8m'
Unemployment will reach 2.8 million in 2010, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Repossessions 'loophole' closed
The government says it will close a legal loophole that allows lenders to repossess people's homes without going to court.
China rail firm hits stock market
Chinese rail firm CNR makes a muted start to stock market trading, rising just 4% on its first day of trade in Shanghai.
S Korea pardons ex-Samsung chief
South Korea pardons ex-Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, convicted of tax evasion, so he can assist an Olympic bid.
Pubs to vote on industrial action
Thousands of pub landlords consider industrial action to reduce the amount they are forced to pay in overheads.
The World Service's Martin Webber reviews 2009
Oil and food
What will commodity prices do in 2010?
The Premier League looks to cash in on Asia
Security fears hit airline shares
Shares in major US airlines fall following the alleged bomb plot on board a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day.
Oil price rise nears $80 a barrel
The price of oil nears $80 a barrel in post-Christmas trading, reaching the highest levels for more than a month.
Russia-Georgia flights to resume
Moscow allows the first direct flights from Georgia since the 2008 war, but Tbilisi says the move is too late for the holiday period.