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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem - 6 April 2014 Netanyahu: Abbas must end Hamas pact

Israeli PM Netanyahu tells the BBC Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas must abandon his pact with Hamas if he wants peace talks to resume.

Iranian couple walks past a petrol station in Tehran (archive) Iranians see petrol prices surge

Iran cuts state subsidies on petrol, sending prices up by as much as 75%, as the government tries to boost an economy battered by sanctions.

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Tech giants settle hiring court case People using laptops

Four of the biggest technology firms - Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe - settle a class action case alleging they conspired to hold down salaries.

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Big data for small companies Size isn't everything

Big data - and all the useful insights we can glean from analysing this growing plethora of digital information - isn't solely the preserve of big business.

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The Pont des Arts footbridge. 'Killing the bridge with love'

The padlocks that adorn Paris' Pont des Arts footbridge are a universal symbol of enduring love. But are 'love locks' as eternal than they seem?

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Sid Vicious mugshot, 1978. The jacket that broke all the rules

Once the garb of 'bad boys', the leather jacket has crossed over to high fashion. Katya Foreman looks at the evolution of the outerwear icon.

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