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Starwood Hotels backs new Marriott offer

Starwood Hotels backs a new offer from rival hotel firm Marriott International which values Starwood at $13.6bn.

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VIDEO: Indian firm selling prayers online

Find out how one firm in India is helping people outsource their worship - by getting someone else to pray on their behalf.

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BHP shares hit as miner faces lawsuit

The FTSE 100 closes lower, with BHP Billiton shares falling on news of an expensive lawsuit over the Samarco mine disaster.

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VIDEO: Young Peruvian women learn to code

Meet a Peruvian entrepreneur determined to get more women coding - and boost her country's economy in the process.

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Shanghai shares end wild week down 8%

Chinese shares have ended the week almost 8% lower after volatile trading that started on Monday with shock losses and spread fear to global markets.

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