Lloyds sets aside further 1.4 billion pounds for mis-selling redress

7:32am BST

LONDON - Lloyds Banking Group set aside a further 1.4 billion pounds to compensate customers mis-sold loan insurance, taking its total bill for the scandal to 13.4 billion pounds.

Global economic woes dent strong UK consumer sentiment - GfK

12:08am BST

LONDON, July 31 - British consumer morale eased in July as concerns about Greece and the global economy weighed on Britons' outlook for the economic situation over the next year, a survey showed on Friday.

French gendarmes and police inspect a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, July 29, 2015. REUTERS/Zinfos974/Prisca Bigot

Debris points to breakthrough in MH370 hunt

SAINT-DENIS, Reunion - Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts say.  Full Article 

An investor stands in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang, Anhui province, China, July 30, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily

China watchdog probes automated trading

SHANGHAI - China's securities watchdog is investigating the impact of automated trading on share markets, as authorities step up a crackdown on what they regard as heavy speculative selling that could destabilise the world's second-largest economy.  Full Article 

A sales assistant shows an Apple Watch Edition at an Apple reseller shop in Bangkok, Thailand, in this July 17, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom/Files

Sultans of shrink pack more chips in wearables

TAIPEI - The latest chapter in the miniaturisation of increasingly smart consumer electronics lies in the hands of chip packagers, an indispensable group of firms whose role in the supply chain alone is worth $27 billion.  Full Article 

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Spain grows fast and region is upbeat

Spain's economy grew at its fastest quarterly pace in over eight years in the second quarter, underpinning projections for strong growth in the rest of the year as the country prepares for elections.  Video 

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Shell cuts 6,500 jobs as oil prices hurt

Royal Dutch Shell posts a 37 percent drop in second quarter profit. The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company is planning to axe 6,500 jobs and reduce spending to deal with low oil prices.  Video | Full Article 

England's Steven Finn celebrates the wicket of Australia's Steven Smith with team mates during the Investec Ashes Test Series Third Test at Edgbaston, 30 July, 2015. Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

Finn puts England on brink of victory

BIRMINGHAM - Paceman Steven Finn's five-wicket haul put England on the brink of a 2-1 Ashes series lead over Australia with the tourists facing a desperate battle to avoid a third test defeat.  Full Article 

Final push for Pacific trade pact

Trade ministers from 12 nations are spending a last day trying to finalise the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal. Paul Chapman reports.

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