A pro-Russian armed man stands guard near the mayor's office in Slaviansk April 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Russia starts drill near Ukrainian border

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia - Ukrainian forces have killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels as they close in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east and Russia has launched army drills near the border, raising fears its troops will go in.  Full Article | Video 

Drugmaker AstraZeneca drives FTSE to multi-week high 12:54pm BST

LONDON - Gains in AstraZeneca driven by bid speculation helped propel FTSE 100 to six-week highs on Thursday, with analysts seeing scope for more gains on the index after it moved above its recent range.

A demonstrator wearing a mask depicting Barclays Chief Executive Antony Jenkins protests as a guide directs shareholders to the Barclays AGM in central London April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Barclays chairman defends staff bonuses

Barclays Chairman David Walker defends pay levels at the bank, telling shareholders that it needs to raise bonuses to stop an exodus of senior executives.  Full Article 

Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone (C) stands with his lawyers as he arrives in court in Munich April 24, 2014.   REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Ecclestone denies bribery at German trial

MUNICH, Germany - Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone denies bribery allegations as he goes on trial in Germany in a case that threatens to break the Briton's decades-long dominance of the motor sport.  Full Article 

A welcome sign is seen outside Gretna, Scotland March 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Independence would "benefit" the North

An independent Scotland would rebalance the UK's economy and bring prosperity to northern England, Scottish leader Alex Salmond says in a bid to dispel concerns south of the border about Scotland quitting the United Kingdom.  Full Article 

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new iPad Air during an Apple event in San Francisco, California October 22, 2013.   REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Apple investors await next big thing

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple just bought itself some much-needed time with a litany of positive numbers. But a fundamental concern for investors is whether Tim Cook can pull another gadget out of the hat.  Full Article | Video 

 Standing in a rigid hull inflatable boat launched from the Australian Navy ship HMAS Perth, Leading Seaman, Boatswain's Mate, William Sharkey searches for possible debris in the southern Indian Ocean in the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Australian Defence Force/Handout via Reuters

Link between debris and lost plane ruled out

PERTH/MELBOURNE - Authorities rule out any link between debris picked up on an Australian beach and the missing Malaysian jetliner as a tropical cyclone again threatens to hamper a 26-nation air, surface and underwater search of the Indian Ocean.  Full Article 

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Risk of asteroid strike higher than thought

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - The chance of a city-obliterating asteroid striking Earth is higher than scientists previously believed, a group building an asteroid-hunting telescope says.  Video | Full Article 

Pole vaulters show off their skills at Iowa mall

April 24 - High jumpers wowed audiences at an Iowa mall in a bid to promote the Drake Relays, one of the most famous track and field events in the U.S. Vanessa Johnston reports.

Ian Campbell

London gives BoE an emerging economy problem

Foreign capital inflows are supporting a housing bubble in London, and have helped push up sterling - even though the UK’s trade position is almost dire. An unbalanced economy is getting worse. As pre-crisis emerging markets learned, this is a problem with no easy solution.  Commentary 

Edward Hadas

Inheritance can be less unequal

Family is a big part of destiny, even when opportunities are supposed to be equal. Since children tend to take after their parents, the elite tend to be self-perpetuating, and poor kids will tend to become poor adults. Still, there are ways to soften the injustices of birth.  Commentary 

John Lloyd

The UK’s paradox of faith

The Church of England, long past any power to enforce its faith on anyone, is actually the best guarantee to other faiths that they will find a place in the state and have leave to prosper.   Commentary 

Nicholas Wapshott

Putin learning what U.S. didn’t

In his stealth occupation of Crimea and eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin appears to have learned the lessons of both the U.S. in Vietnam and the Soviets in Afghanistan.  Commentary 

Anatole Kaletsky

Time to stop following defunct economic policies

The economic models studied in universities and published in leading academic journals have nothing to say about lending or borrowing, ignore the existence of banks and treat bankruptcies as unimportant.  Commentary 

John Foley

Graft purges don’t hurt shareholders – insiders do

The sacking of China Resources’ chairman will worry other state company bosses. But shareholders in Chinese groups have less to fear from government crackdowns on powerful individuals than the culture of treating outside investors as an afterthought. This remains unaddressed.  Commentary