Commuters board a bus outside King's Cross station in London April 29, 2014.  REUTERS/Neil Hall

Living standards lag 2010 levels as election nears

British living standards remain below those before the last national election in 2010, a leading think tank says, putting Prime Minister David Cameron's economic record back in the spotlight ahead of May 7's election.  Full Article 

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StanChart rules out share issue after plunge in profits 2:26pm GMT

LONDON - Standard Chartered has no plans to tap shareholders for cash, it said on Wednesday, despite reporting a 25 percent drop in profits last year on the back of soaring bad loans.

A picture illustration taken with the multiple exposure function of the camera shows a one Euro coin and a map of Europe, January 9, 2013.   REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Euro economy starts surprising on upside

The euro zone economy is sprouting more green shoots than anticipated just as the European Central Bank fires up a money printing programme worth more than 1 trillion euros.  Full Article 

Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front gesture as they drive in a convoy touring villages, which they said they have seized control of from Syrian rebel factions, in the southern countryside of Idlib, December 2, 2014. Picture taken December 2, 2014.  REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Syria's Nusra Front may leave al Qaeda

BEIRUT - Leaders of Syria's Nusra Front are considering cutting their links with al Qaeda to form a new entity backed by some Gulf states trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad, sources say.  Full Article 

A high-speed Eurostar train exits the Channel tunnel in Coquelles, near Calais, May 5, 2014.   REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Britain agrees sale of Eurostar stake

Britain agreed to sell its 40 percent stake in the Eurostar rail link for 585 million pounds to a consortium comprising the Canadian public pension fund Caisse de Depot du Placement du Quebec and the British asset manager Hermes.  Full Article 

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Luxury dominates Geneva car show

A raft of new vehicles is being unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show - including an SUV from Aston Martin. There's a new mood of optimism as Europe's auto industry shows signs of recovery after years in the doldrums.  Video 

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Wearables now the must-haveables

Telecom company executives are meeting in Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress, the largest annual trade show for the wireless industry. Wearable technology is one of the big themes.  Video 

A Specialist trader watches his chart while working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 8, 2014.     REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Speeding asset prices meet savings juggernaut

If global population ageing is the real mega-trend steering modern financial markets, don't get too used to super-low interest rates or the anomalies cheap money has wrought elsewhere.  Full Article 

Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell plays a shot during their Cricket World Cup match against Afghanistan in Perth, March 4, 2015.      REUTERS/David Gray

Australia crush Afghanistan with record score

PERTH - Australia flex their batting muscles to rack up the highest ever World Cup total as they crush Afghanistan by a tournament record margin to revive their stuttering campaign.  Full Article | Related Story 

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Ukraine PM: Pro-Russian "bastards" hampering mine rescue

Dozens of miners have been killed in a mine explosion in the Ukrainian rebel-held city of Donetsk. Ukraine Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk says Moscow-backed rebel "bastards" have prevented rescuers from reaching the scene. Gavino Garay reports.