A builder stands by a 'Help to Buy' advert on a Barratt Homes building site in Nuneaton, central England March 20, 2014.   REUTERS/Darren Staples

BoE backs government's 'Help to Buy' scheme

The Bank of England gives a clean bill of health to Britain's controversial flagship mortgage guarantee scheme, sparing the government from potential embarrassment in the run-up to the general election.  Full Article 


Islamic State presses assault on Syrian border town, Kurds warn Turkey 11:33am BST

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - Islamic State insurgents pushed on with their assault on a Syrian border town on Thursday despite coalition air strikes meant to weaken them, sending thousands more Kurdish refugees into Turkey and dragging Ankara deeper into the conflict.

The names of trainee health workers are seen written on their protective suits at a World Health Organization (WHO) training session in Freetown September 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Umaru Fofana

Britain calls for international help on Ebola

Britain makes a plea for international help to deal with the world's worst Ebola outbreak at the start of a conference in London, with one charity warning that five people are being infected with the virus every hour in Sierra Leone.  Full Article 

A store sign is seen outside a Tesco supermarket in London April 15, 2014.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

At Tesco, who was minding the shop?

Whether conspiracy or cock-up, the accounting scandal at Tesco raises doubts over the management and financial oversight at Britain's largest private sector employer, now in the midst of the gravest crisis in its 95-year history.   Full Article 

Bill Gross, co-founder and co-chief investment officer of Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), adjusts his sunglasses as he arrives to speak at the Morningstar Investment Conference in Chicago, Illinois, June 19, 2014.   REUTERS/Jim Young

PIMCO's asset bleed shows risks of star culture

Bill Gross's exit from Pimco has seen billions of dollars leave the fund group and even more value wiped off the share price of its parent company, offering a warning both to firms who rely on star managers and the investors who chase them.  Full Article 

A logo at a branch of Virgin Money bank is seen in the City of London March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Windfall for government in Virgin Money IPO

The UK government, almost 3,000 Virgin Money staff and entrepreneur Richard Branson will share a multi-million pound windfall when the challenger bank lists in London in the coming weeks.  Full Article 

Argentina's Central Bank president Carlos Fabrega arrives for a ceremony at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, September 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Argentina's central bank chief quits

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina's central bank chief resigns after a long tussle with the economy minister and is replaced with a regulator seen as sympathetic to the interventionist stance of a government fighting one of the world's highest inflation rates.  Full Article 

An estimated 35,000 walruses are pictured  are pictured hauled out on a beach near the village of Point Lay, Alaska, 700 miles northwest of Anchorage, in this September 2014 handout photo. REUTERS/Corey Accardo/NOAA/NMFS/AFSC/NMML/Handout via Reuters

Lack of ice forces walruses to chill on shore

JUNEAU - Fast-melting Arctic sea ice has forced some 35,000 Pacific walruses to retreat to the Alaska shoreline, scientists from several federal agencies say.  Full Article 

Rough Cut
11 killed after a car bomb explodes in Baghdad

11 people are dead after a car bomb explodes in a mostly Shi'ite Muslim neighbourhood of south-eastern Baghdad. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).