Experts start work at Ukraine crash site despite new fighting


KIEV - International experts started recovery work at the wreckage site of a downed Malaysian airliner in east Ukraine on Friday despite clashes nearby between government forces and pro-Russian rebels.


Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729 4:29pm BST

FREETOWN - Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighbouring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa. | Video


Russia has reserves to ride out sanctions - assuming no panic 4:08pm BST

LONDON/MOSCOW - Mathematically Russia has enough reserves to hold out for at least two years before Western sanctions start to choke the economy, but it must avoid reawakening the "sleeping dragon" of investor panic.


Alitalia board approves an increase in capital hike -source 3:19pm BST

ROME - The board of Italian airline Alitalia has approved a capital hike of up to 300 million euros (299.95 million pounds), raising the upper limit to help pave the way for the sale of a stake to Etihad Airways, a person close to the matter said on Friday.

Vinci shares tumble as builder forecasts 2014 slowdown 12:48pm BST

PARIS - Europe's biggest construction and concessions company, Vinci , warned it expected business to slow down this year because of falling orders in its home market France, sending its shares down more than 8 percent on Friday.

Russia to slap duties on imports from Moldova 11:19am BST

MOSCOW - Russia said on Friday it will impose import duties on products from Moldova, its latest move to limit trade with the former Soviet republic which signed a free-trade deal with the European Union in June.


Airline group IAG profit rises on Iberia recovery 10:52am BST

MADRID - British Airways owner International Airlines Group reported a 55 percent rise in second-quarter profit driven by a recovery at Spanish airline Iberia and signalled its confidence in the carrier with plans to renew its long-haul fleet.

Bulgarian court to decide on extradition of Putin opponent 10:13am BST

SOFIA - A Bulgarian court said it would decide on Friday whether to extradite to Moscow a prominent opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was detained in Sofia earlier this week.


Ukraine premier stays on, envoys agree on crash site route 9:47am BST

KIEV - Ukraine's parliament rejected Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's resignation on Thursday and finally passed legislation he said was needed to finance an army offensive against a separatist rebellion in the east and avert a national default on its debts.


Business as unusual for sanguine Argentines in default deja vu 8:54am BST

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina may have defaulted on its debt for the second time in 12 years on Thursday, but the packed elegant cafes in Buenos Aires show little sign of distress and shoppers rather than protestors fill the streets.