MOSCOW/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine. | Video
MADRID - British telecoms group Vodafone has reached a preliminary deal to buy Spanish cable group Ono after raising its initial bid for the company, two people with knowledge of the discussions said on Friday.
LONDON - FTSE fell to a three-week closing low on Friday as a landmark corporate bond default in China, the world's top metals consumer, hit major mining stocks.
LONDON - Britons' expectations for an interest rate hike over the next year are on the rise even as their inflation forecasts have fallen, a quarterly poll commissioned by the Bank of England showed on Friday.
LONDON/BOSTON - A sophisticated piece of spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most complex cyber espionage programs uncovered to date.
ISTANBUL - Turkey's president on Friday ruled out any ban on Facebook and YouTube after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the sites could be shut to stop his foes anonymously posting audio recordings purportedly exposing corruption in his inner circle.
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The Swiss Bank Employees Association has told an uncomfortable truth: it was “generally known” that for many years some of their employers profited from customers’ “tax evasion.” That is incontestable, as many of the banks’ managers concede. But the practice, supposedly now ended, raises an important question about ethics and business. Commentary
Angela Merkel’s visit to London has been viewed as a snub to David Cameron’s aim to reform the EU. But it depends on what one means by reform. If he focuses on completing the single market, extending free trade, cutting red tape and boosting the City, the prize is achievable. Commentary
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As the crisis in Ukraine escalates, boardrooms and senior management teams worldwide are now talking about the problems of doing business in conflict zones. These regions test the boundaries of risk tolerance. Commentary
China's possible first bond default has prompted comparisons with Bear Stearns' failure. It’s tempting for investors to seek parallels with 2008. If the analogy fits at all, it’s only because it reminds the Chinese authorities which mistakes to avoid. Commentary
It is hard-nosed realism, born of Angela Merkel's own experience growing up in a Soviet garrison town in East Germany and reinforced over a turbulent 14-year relationship with Putin, that has earned her respect in the Kremlin and thrust her into the potentially risky role of chief mediator in the Ukraine crisis. Full Article
Western governments wondering what Russian President Putin wants should focus on what he doesn't want, and Crimea is only a pawn in his Ukrainian game, says Breakingviews. Video