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Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The bite of rat-borne fleas infected with the bubonic plague has been blamed for disease transmission during the medieval pandemic Rats were not to blame for the spread of plague during the Black Death, according to a study. The rodents and their fleas…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ford used the show to unveil its new Ranger 2019 pick-up truck Ford says it will boost its investment in electric vehicles to $11bn (£8bn) in the next five years, more than doubling a previous commitment. Chairman Bill Ford said the car maker would…

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA fire in Shepherd’s Bush in London began with a faulty tumble dryer The saga over millions of fire-risk tumble dryers has exposed a wider failure in the UK’s product safety system, according to MPs. Whirlpool’s response to the defect affecting 5.3…

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Image copyright Reuters Thousands of small firms working for failed construction giant Carillion are waiting to learn if they will be paid, amid growing fears some could close. Carillion used an extensive network of sub-contractors and local suppliers, paying them almost £1bn a year, according to its latest annual report….

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Image copyright Getty Images Japanese giant Softbank is planning to list its mobile phone business in Tokyo and overseas, according to the Nikkei newspaper. The listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and possibly in London aims to raise 2 trillion yen ($18bn; £13.1bn). Softbank confirmed in a statement that the…

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Image copyright Reuters Carillion’s key creditors are due to meet government officials on Monday in a last ditch bid to prevent the construction giant’s collapse. It comes as the chairman of a key group of MPs says there may need to be an inquiry into how public contracts are awarded…

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Image copyright Bas van de Schootbrugge Image caption One of the scales under the microscope Newly discovered fossils show that moths and butterflies have been on the planet for at least 200 million years. Scientists found fossilised butterfly scales the size of a speck of dust inside ancient rock from…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The changes have been described as “significant” by industry watchers Facebook is to change how its news feed works, making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent. Instead, content that sparks conversations among family and friends who use the site will be emphasised,…

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