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An asteroid 3,600 feet across will pass safely by the Earth on Christmas Eve, making its cosmic flyby just in time for the holiday. The space rock — named Asteroid 2003 SD220 — will fly about 6.8 million miles from the Earth. (For reference, the moon is about 240,000 miles from the planet.) NASA scientists have carefully...

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Growth in the eurozone economy slowed slightly in December from the previous month, new monthly figures suggest. The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) figure for December fell to 54, down from November's figure of 54.2, according to Markit. Any figure above 50 indicates growth. Eurozone inflation was also revised up to 0.2% in November, down from the previous month, and...

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Dating in New York City is considered to be one of the Big Apple's most difficult tasks, but it now has a close second: hunting for an affordable apartment, which has become next to impossible in an era defined by surging real estate prices. For some time, apps such as Roomi have been acting like Tinder...

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The European Commission has stepped up efforts to tackle tax avoidance. It has published measures to "hamper aggressive tax planning". One proposal is for tax authorities to share information on multinationals among themselves, as agreed in the OECD deal signed by 31 nations on Wednesday. However, the UK Chancellor George Osborne said he wanted to "see...

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In the past few weeks, one part of the UK economy - the steel industry - has been grabbing the news headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. First, Thailand's SSI announced it was closing down its Redcar works with the loss of 2,200 jobs, then parts of Caparo Industries' steel operations went into administration putting 1,700 jobs...

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Shares in Nike have jumped more than 5% after the US sportswear giant announced a dividend rise, a massive share buyback and a stock split. The $12bn (£7.9bn) buy-back, 14% dividend increase and share split were revealed late on Thursday and sent Nike shares up almost 7 cents to $132.55. The buy-back will be spread out over the next...

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For a young man applying for a job as a waiter at one of the UK's most prestigious restaurants, David Moore's tactic was either inspired or reckless. Mr Moore was 21 at the time, back in 1986, and after a number of years working at some insalubrious hotel restaurants in his hometown of Blackpool, in the north of England,...

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LONDON — The UK has the best end-of-life care in the world, according to a new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The country topped a list of 80 countries thanks to the integration of palliative care into the NHS and a strong hospice movement, among other factors. Australia and New Zealand took the second and third spots,...

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France's far right National Front won more support than any other party in the first round of regional elections Sunday, according to polling agency projections, in a new boost for Marine Le Pen's anti-immigration strategy and a new blow to President Francois Hollande's Socialists. The projections put National Front candidates on top so far in six of France's 13...

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The US economy grew at a faster pace than previously thought in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the latest official figures. The US economy grew at an annualised pace of 1% in the quarter, compared with an initial estimate of 0.7%. Most economists had taken a more pessimistic view, expecting the figure would be revised downwards. But...

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