The BT communication tower is seen in the background as people walk on Primrose Hill in London February 3, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

BT in talks to buy O2

BT Group is in early stage talks with Spain's Telefonica on a deal to buy UK mobile operator O2, with two sources saying it has also begun negotiations with EE as it seeks a return to the British consumer mobile market.  Full Article 

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Iran nuclear talks extended seven months after deadline missed 2:05pm GMT

VIENNA - Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year on Monday to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented them from clinching a historic deal.

Christmas market decoration is pictured in front of the television tower in Berlin November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Hannibal

German business morale rebounds

BERLIN - German business sentiment rebounded in November, breaking a streak of six straight declines, in a sign that Europe's largest economy may be gaining some momentum again after narrowly avoiding a recession in the third quarter.  Full Article 

A Chinese national flag flutters at the headquarters of a commercial bank on a financial street near the headquarters of the People's Bank of China, China's central bank, in central Beijing November 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

China ready to cut interest rates again

BEIJING - China's leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses, say sources involved in policy-making.  Full Article 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during a news conference after the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan, October 17, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Maximov/Pool

Putin says Russia not isolated over Ukraine

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin blames the West for worsening relations with Russia since the Ukraine crisis and says Moscow will not allow itself to become isolated behind another "Iron Curtain".  Full Article | Related Story 

A person wearing a balaclava is silhouetted as he poses with a laptop in front of a screen projected with the word 'cyber' and binary code, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014.  REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Computer spying malware uncovered

An advanced malicious software application has been uncovered that since 2008 has been used to spy on private companies, governments, research institutes and individuals in 10 countries, antivirus software maker Symantec says.  Full Article 

International Space Station (ISS) crew Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy attends a sending-off ceremony before the launch of the Soyuz TMA-15 M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool

Multi-national crew reaches space station

A Russian Soyuz rocket blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan to deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station, including Italy's first female astronaut.  Full Article 

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg of Germany during the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Lauda sees another Mercedes duel in 2015

ABU DHABI - Niki Lauda expects Nico Rosberg to recover from the blow of losing his Formula One title duel with Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton by coming back even more determined.  Full Article 


Breakingviews: Leak costs Aviva

Aviva has to set out the key strategic and financial details of a tie-up with rival Friends Life – fast, says Breakingviews.

Waseem Iqbal poses for a photograph in Birmingham, central England November 20, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Staples

For many young British Muslims tug of peace is stronger than pull of war

For some British Muslims, the path to jihad and the path to peaceful aid work can traverse much of the same terrain. Twenty-seven-year-old Waseem Iqbal chose charity work not violence. But he knows others who have taken a different path.  Full Article