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Bank of England suspends real-time payments system 11:31am BST

LONDON - The Bank of England said on Monday that it had temporarily suspended its automated Real Time Gross Settlement payment system, which banks use to transfer large sums of money, and that it was handling major payments manually.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso gestures during a news conference at  the Europe-Asia summit (ASEM) in Milan.   REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Barroso warns UK against immigration mistake

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso tells British Prime Minister David Cameron he risks upsetting allies and losing international clout if he pursues an anti-immigration agenda designed to please domestic voters.   Full Article 

A student of  Goverment Secondary School Garki washes her hands, as school resumes in Abuja September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Nigeria declared free of Ebola

ABUJA - The World Health Organization declares Nigeria Ebola free after a 42-day period with no new cases, in a success story with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the virus.  Full Article 

An electronic information board shows cancelled flights at Cologne-Bonn airport October 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Lufthansa strike extended to long-haul flights

FRANKFURT - German pilots union VC widens its strike at Lufthansa to include long-haul flights, having previously targeted only the carrier's short and medium-haul routes.  Full Article 

Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi attends a news conference at her ministry in Tokyo October 20, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Abe loses two female ministers in one day

TOKYO -Two Japanese cabinet ministers resign over the dubious use of political funds, dealing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe his biggest setback since he took office in December 2012.  Video | Full Article 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, carries her son Prince George as he examines a butterfly on the hand of his father Prince William during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, July 2, 2014.  REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool

William and Kate's baby due in April

The second child of Prince William and his wife Kate is due to be born in April, his office announces, joining Prince George who was born in July last year.  Full Article 

Pope Francis greets cardinals at the end of a mass for the beatification of former pope Paul VI in St. Peter's square at the Vatican October 19, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Church should not fear change, pope says

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.  Video | Full Article 

Comet C/2013 A1, also known as Siding Spring, is seen after filtering as captured by Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in this image released October 19, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/ESA/J.-Y. Li/Handout via Reuters

Comet makes rare close pass by Mars

NEW YORK - A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system has made a rare, close pass by Mars with a fleet of robotic science probes poised for studies.  Full Article 

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Breakingviews: SAP fluffs cloud strategy

SAP is finding the transition to cloud computing less of a breeze because cloud revenue is not growing fast enough, says Breakingviews Dominic Elliott.