A man walks past a branch of The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in central London August 27, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville

RBS sets aside £400 million to settle forex probes

Royal Bank of Scotland has set aside £400 million to cover potential fines for manipulating currency markets and another £100 million to compensate customers mis-sold loan insurance.  Full Article 

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Rally on FTSE continues after Japan stimulus boost 9:06am GMT

EDINBURGH - Top share index surged in early deals on Friday, after appetite for stocks globally was boosted by unexpected monetary stimulus in Japan, with Royal Bank of Scotland and airline IAG leading gainers after encouraging corporate reports.

An employee of a foreign exchange trading company works in front of monitors displaying the Japanese yen's exchange rate against the U.S. dollar (R) and against the euro in Tokyo October 31, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

BOJ shocks markets with more easing

TOKYO - The Bank of Japan surprises global financial markets 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.  Full Article 

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak shakes hands with Ukraine's Energy Minister Yuri Prodan (R) after gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels October 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Ukraine, Russia, EU agree gas supply deal

BRUSSELS - Ukraine, Russia and the European Union sign a deal that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbour over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors.  Full Article 

A protester holds his mobile phone during a protest against new tax on Internet data transfers in centre of Budapest, October 28, 2014.   REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Hungary shelves plans for internet tax

BUDAPEST - Hungary will shelve plans to introduce a tax on internet data traffic that has generated big protests over the past week, and will revisit regulating and taxing money made online next year, Prime Minister Viktor Orban says.  Full Article 

Alain Juppe, former French prime minister and current Mayor of Bordeaux, walks in the street as he campaigns for the municipal elections in Bordeaux, southwestern France, March 20, 2014.  REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Juppe's star rises amid French leadership void

PARIS - He has a criminal record for corruption and as prime minister in the 1990s caused France's worst unrest since May 1968 with a failed austerity push. Two decades on, opinion polls show he is the country's most respected politician in office.  Full Article 

The space shuttle Atlantis leaves the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida November 2, 2012, heading towards its new home at the privately operated Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex adjacent to the NASA spaceport. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

New U.S. rockets include crew escape system

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - Designers of a new generation of U.S. rockets will include escape systems to give crew members a fighting chance of surviving launch accidents.  Full Article 

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives during the third practice session of the Russian F1 Grand Prix in the Sochi Autodrom circuit October 11, 2014.  REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Formula One tweaks qualifying format

AUSTIN, Texas - Formula One has had to modify its qualifying format after financial problems ruled the Caterham and Marussia teams out of Sunday's U.S. Grand Prix.  Full Article