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Oil at $75 as Iran sanction fears mount
Brent crude hits its highest level in more than three years as production cuts reduce stockpiles.


Vincent Bolloré: French tycoon held over 'Africa corruption'
Vincent Bolloré is questioned by police near Paris over contracts to run ports in Guinea and Togo.


Google owner Alphabet sees profits soar
Net earnings jump almost 73% in the first quarter as revenues from internet advertising climb.


China sexist adverts: Tech firms apologise after damning report
Some adverts offered "men only" jobs while others wanted "trim" women applicants, Human Rights Watch found.


UK government borrowing lowest for 11 years
Government borrowing fell by more than expected to £42.6bn for the past financial year.



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Twitter Power: How to Dominate Your Market One Tweet at a Time Twitter Power: How to Dominate Your Market One Tweet at a Time
by Joel Comm with Ken Burge

Cutting edge business-persons are leveraging the power of Twitter to introduce themselves to and communicate with customers in a whole new way that makes them feel like valued friends.



Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism
by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller

The global financial crisis has made it painfully clear that powerful psychological forces are imperiling the wealth of nations today. From blind faith in ever-rising housing prices to plummeting confidence in capital markets, "animal spirits" are driving financial events worldwide. In this book, acclaimed economists George Akerlof and Robert Shiller challenge the economic wisdom that got us into this mess.



Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Made to Stick is a book that will transform the way you communicate ideas. It's a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures).



A Declaration of Energy Independence: How Freedom from Foreign Oil Can Improve National Security, Our Economy, and the Environment A Declaration of Energy Independence: How Freedom from Foreign Oil Can Improve National Security, Our Economy, and the Environment
by Jay Hakes

A former national energy official offers a viable plan for American energy independence. A Declaration of Energy Independence takes a nonpartisan, honest approach to these fundamental questions and obliterates the political and economic myths of both conservatives and liberals. Jay E. Hakes combines real facts and solid science with historical context to ask the right questions and propose the best answers. After educating readers on the facts, A Declaration of Energy Independence goes on to offer an seven-point plan for breaking free from the costly energy trap and enhancing American influence abroad.



Forgive Us Our Debts: The Intergenerational Dangers of Fiscal Irresponsibility Forgive Us Our Debts: The Intergenerational Dangers of Fiscal Irresponsibility
by Andrew Yarrow

Andrew Yarrow explains in accessible terms why federal debt is rising (and will soon rise much faster), what effects it may have on Americans if debt is not brought under control, why our government borrows, and what it will take to pay it all back.



Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew
by Samuel Fromartz

Organic food has become a juggernaut in an otherwise sluggish food industry, growing at 20 percent a year as products like organic ketchup and corn chips vie for shelf space with conventional comestibles. But what is organic food? Is it really better for you? Where did it come from, and why are so many of us buying it?



The Washing Machine: How Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Soils Us The Washing Machine: How Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Soils Us
by Nick Kochan

Money laundering schemes are used to fund terrorists, evade taxes, sell arms, or accumulate obscene amounts of wealth. They divert money from every honest person into the pockets of criminals.