A man walks past a branch of The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in central London August 27, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville

RBS sets aside £400 million to settle forex probes

Royal Bank of Scotland has set aside £400 million to cover potential fines for manipulating currency markets and another £100 million to compensate customers mis-sold loan insurance.  Full Article 

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Rally on FTSE continues after Japan stimulus boost 9:06am GMT

EDINBURGH - Top share index surged in early deals on Friday, after appetite for stocks globally was boosted by unexpected monetary stimulus in Japan, with Royal Bank of Scotland and airline IAG leading gainers after encouraging corporate reports.

An employee of a foreign exchange trading company works in front of monitors displaying the Japanese yen's exchange rate against the U.S. dollar (R) and against the euro in Tokyo October 31, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

BOJ shocks markets with more easing

TOKYO - The Bank of Japan surprises global financial markets by expanding its massive stimulus spending in a stark admission that economic growth and inflation have not picked up as much as expected after a sales tax hike in April.  Full Article 

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak shakes hands with Ukraine's Energy Minister Yuri Prodan (R) after gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels October 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Ukraine, Russia, EU agree gas supply deal

BRUSSELS - Ukraine, Russia and the European Union sign a deal that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbour over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors.  Full Article 

A protester holds his mobile phone during a protest against new tax on Internet data transfers in centre of Budapest, October 28, 2014.   REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Hungary shelves plans for internet tax

BUDAPEST - Hungary will shelve plans to introduce a tax on internet data traffic that has generated big protests over the past week, and will revisit regulating and taxing money made online next year, Prime Minister Viktor Orban says.  Full Article 

Alain Juppe, former French prime minister and current Mayor of Bordeaux, walks in the street as he campaigns for the municipal elections in Bordeaux, southwestern France, March 20, 2014.  REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Juppe's star rises amid French leadership void

PARIS - He has a criminal record for corruption and as prime minister in the 1990s caused France's worst unrest since May 1968 with a failed austerity push. Two decades on, opinion polls show he is the country's most respected politician in office.  Full Article 

Ed Miliband, leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, speaks at the party's conference in Manchester, September 24, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Labour faces collapse in support in Scotland

The Labour party could be almost wiped out in Scotland at next year's general election, a poll shows, raising questions about its ability to defeat the Conservatives.  Full Article 

Nurse Kaci Hickox (L) and her boyfriend Ted Wilbur address the media during an informal meeting with the news media outside their home in Fort Kent, Maine October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Ashley L. Conti/Bdn

U.S. nurse defies Ebola quarantine

A U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus ventured out of her home in Maine and took a bike ride, defying a quarantine order.  Full Article