Astronomers have detected a record seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star.

The researchers say that all seven could potentially support liquid water on the surface, depending on the other properties of those planets.But only three are within the conventional "habitable" zone where life is considered a possibility.The compact system of exoplanets orbits Trappist-1, ... — Read More

Microsoft shares at new high as cloud focus pays off

Microsoft's focus on cloud computing has helped it deliver better-than-expected quarterly profits, sending its shares to an all-time high.The software giant posted a $4.7bn (£3.8bn) profit for the three months to September.Chief executive Satya Nadella has focused on building Microsoft's expertise ... — Read More

Australian casino shares tumble after China arrests

Shares in Asian casino firms fell on Monday amid fears of a Chinese crackdown on foreign operators.Crown Resorts, controlled by James Packer, closed 13.9% lower after Crown confirmed 18 of its staff had been detained in China.Among those arrested was a ... — Read More

Fujitsu to cut up to 1,800 jobs in UK

Japanese electronics firm Fujitsu has told staff of plans to cut up to 1,800 jobs in the UK.The plan, which could see the first workers leaving in early 2017, is not linked to Brexit, the company said.Fujitsu, which has 14,000 UK ... — Read More

World food prices surge in September

World food prices were up in September, driven largely by the rising cost of sugar, the UN's food agency says.The Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) food price index found prices had increased by 10% year on year and 2.9% on August.However, ... — Read More

IMF warns of financial stability risks

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that risks to financial stability are growing.It warns about what it calls "medium-term" dangers in both emerging and developed economies, in its twice-yearly report.It expresses particular concerns about Europe, Japan and China.On a more ... — Read More

ING to cut 5,800 jobs in digital plan

Dutch bank ING says it intends to cut about 5,800 jobs in Belgium and the Netherlands over the next five years as part of a cost-cutting plan.The bank said the aim was to speed up the adoption of new technology and ... — Read More

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