The Bank of England told British banks they will need to hold more capital to guard against the risks of bad loans, but the new measures were less stringent than many had expected. Full Article
SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD - U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighbouring Turkey.
JERUSALEM - Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets. | Video
MOSCOW - Russia could resume natural gas deliveries to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion (1.4 billion pounds) in debt and pre-payments, gas exporter Gazprom said on Friday, under a deal that also safeguards winter deliveries to Europe. | Video
JOHANNESBURG - A suspect in the killing of the captain and goalkeeper of South Africa's national football team has been arrested after witnesses picked him out in an identity parade, police said in a statement on Friday.
GENEVA - The Ebola epidemic has killed 4,951 people out of 13,567 infected in eight countries, the World Health Organisation said on Friday, slightly revising downwards its figures for cases mainly due to "suspected cases in Guinea being discarded".
TOKYO - The Bank of Japan shocked global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive stimulus spending in a stark admission that economic growth and inflation have not picked up as much as expected after a sales tax hike in April. | Video
DUBLIN - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Friday he does not believe Britain will leave the European Union as the English are "a reasonable people" and quitting the bloc would be a disaster.
More Kurdish peshmerga fighters prepare to cross into Kobani a day after a first group entered as U.S.-led air strikes hit the Syrian border town. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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