FTSE closes May with gains, led by broker upgrades 12:30pm BST

LONDON - Britain's top share index rose on Friday, capping a strong monthly performance in May, with gains led by Associated British Foods and Weir Group after broker upgrades.

Balloons made by the 'ONE' campaigning organisation depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and British Prime Minister David Cameron, leaders of the countries members of the G7 are pictured in front of the Frauenkirche cathedral in Dresden, Germany, May 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Cameron courts Merkel on EU future

BERLIN - Prime Minister David Cameron meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an attempt to gauge how far Berlin will go to keep the world's fifth-largest economy inside the European Union ahead of a referendum on membership.  Full Article | Related Story 

An employee shows fifty-euro notes in a bank in Sarajevo in this March 19, 2012 file photo.  REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

European rescue fund struggling

BERLIN - Europe's rescue fund is seeking to revise its investment guidelines to allow it to buy lower-rated debt as it grapples with record low interest rates, according to documents from the so-called ESM and German finance ministry seen by Reuters.  Full Article | Related Story 

The head office of Tesco is seen in Cheshunt, in southern England January 8, 2015.  REUTERS/Toby Melville

Tesco scandal puts spotlight on audit checks

Tesco's book-keeping scandal has prompted Britain's accounting policeman to turn a spotlight on annual reports in the retail sector to check for similar irregularities.  Full Article 

 Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari addresses the media during former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's visit at the Defence House in Abuja, Nigeria, May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Nigeria starts new chapter as Buhari sworn in

Three decades after he first came to power in a military coup, Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in as elected President of Nigeria, giving him control of an African giant struggling with slowing economic growth and a raging Islamist insurgency.  Full Article | Video 

A video grab from the Japan Meteorological Agency's live camera image shows an eruption of Mount Shindake on Kuchinoerabujima island, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan,  May 29, 2015. REUTERS/Japan Meteorological Agency/Handout via Reuters

Japanese island evacuated after volcano erupts

TOKYO - A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima erupted suddenly on Friday, blasting plumes of black smoke high into the sky, prompting authorities to start evacuating the island and airlines to re-route flights.  Video | Full Article 

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Serpent robot evolves into Snake Monster

Researchers are developing a new generation of easy to assemble modular robots that could change the way machines are utilized in manufacturing and search and rescue operations.  Video | Full Article 

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China has artillery in South China Sea-McCain

US Senator John McCain says China has artillery on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).