LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May's office played down the significance of comments she made before the referendum warning that companies would leave Britain if the country backed Brexit, after the Guardian newspaper published a recording of a private meeting she held with Goldman Sachs.
QAYYARA/BAGHDAD, Iraq Islamic State fighters on Wednesday kept up their fierce defence of the southern approaches to Mosul which has held up Iraqi troops on the southern front and forced an elite army unit east of the city to put its more rapid advance on hold.
BAGHDAD Iraq's army said it had regained full control of the western town of Rutba on Wednesday, three days after Islamic State attacked it.
HASSAN SHAM, Iraq White flags flying from their radio antennas, the pickup trucks laden with refugees and a few precious livestock snaked out of Tub Zawa after a day of heavy bombardment drove Islamic State fighters from the village on Mosul's eastern edge.
QAYYARA, Iraq When Islamic State fighters were pushed out of the Qayyara airbase in July, they tried to demolish anything left behind.
LONDON GlaxoSmithKline beat quarterly sales and profit expectations and said it expected even bigger gains in 2016 thanks to a weak pound, which has continued to fall after Britain's vote in June to leave the European Union.
CALAIS, France Migrants at the "Jungle" camp in Calais set more tents and shelters ablaze on Wednesday and an explosion rocked the site, while others queued to be resettled around France by officials clearing the camp.
LONDON Britain's financial markets watchdog launched a public consultation on Wednesday asking how far it should go in seeking to protect consumers from market risks in resetting its "mission" and drawing a line under a "very sorry history" of mis-selling scandals that have cost banks billions of pounds.
LONDON Lloyds Banking Group defied expectations on Wednesday of a squeeze on earnings after Britain's surprise vote to quit the European Union by reporting third-quarter profits largely unchanged from a year earlier.
LONDON London's financial district has called for a UK regulatory regime that does not harm competitiveness, responding to bankers' fears that being outside the European Union will reduce the capital's clout in global markets.