Kim Dotcom launches new upload site

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File-sharing service now makes a nod to copyright laws and allows subscribers to control who sees their files through the use of an encryption system
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Lower Saxony blow for Merkel re-election

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Red-Green alliance predicted to take one-seat majority in key federal state months before national polls for Berlin government
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A crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Obama administration delays hydraulic fracturing rule

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In response to criticism from both the oil industry and environmentalists, the Obama administration is scrapping a 2012 plan to impose tough new mandates governing drilling on public lands.

Troops comb plant for bombs and bodies

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Western officials refrain from criticising Algeria over its decision to intervene to end the four-day hostage crisis at its remote In Amenas gas facility
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Nokia Siemens seeks to raise €700m

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Move to public markets for finance is significant given the potential for a future flotation of the business, which has been recently rejuvenated by its parents
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AllianzGI to launch UK building fund

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The move is the first of its kind to help build schools, hospitals and roads in a landmark scheme designed to create jobs and stimulate the economy
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Heavy snow heightens risk of UK triple dip

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High-street spending is expected to be badly affected by snow across the UK, which has caused widespread disruption to the transport system
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Obama sworn in for second term

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There is less fanfare this time as the 44th president of the US faces partisan battles over debt, gun control and immigration and a stalled approval rating
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Battery finding may delay Dreamliner

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Investigator rules out excessive voltage as cause of battery fire, and if fundamental electrical system design faults are found the grounding could last months
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European buyouts suffer winter freeze

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EQT has shelved a plan to sell German academic publisher Springer Science for up to €4bn, highlighting the challenges facing private equity firms in Europe
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