The Conservatives lose a second parliamentary seat to UKIP in an embarrassing defeat heralding a possible fragmentation of Britain's two-party system in next year's general election. Full Article
LONDON - Royal Bank of Scotland admitted on Friday it submitted erroneous data for European bank stress tests in October and had in fact only just scraped through, calling into question whether it can pass a tougher British test.
KIEV - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned Russia's behaviour in Ukraine as "unacceptable" and said Moscow should abide by a September peace deal and pull its military forces out of the country.
VIENNA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are discussing new ideas aimed at breaking the deadlock in nuclear talks between Tehran and six world powers, sources close to the talks said on Friday.
WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies have staged 30 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq since Wednesday, the U.S. Central Command said on Friday.
AMSTERDAM - A Dutch bird flu outbreak has spread to a third farm, the government said on Friday, prompting inspections at dozens of other farms in the Netherlands, a leading exporter of eggs and poultry.
JERUSALEM - Israel has rejected an appeal by the five biggest members of the European Union not to raze the homes of Palestinians who carried out lethal attacks in Jerusalem, saying on Friday that the tactic was designed to deter further violence.
Amateur video shows tracer bullets, artillery shelling and air strikes as rebel groups fight government forces in war-torn Syria. Justin Mitchell reports.
The European Central Bank should stop being coy over emergency liquidity assistance. It needs to be a tool for serious crises, not an unsavoury political instrument, says Breakingviews. Video