FTSE up on bank news and Japan move

The FTSE 100 rises more than 1% as investors breathed a sigh of relief over Bank of England plans for capital reserves and welcomed news of a stimulus boost from the Bank of Japan.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 12:50 pm

VIDEO: 'I don't know what my destiny is'

A day in the life of Ismael Diabate, an economic migrant stranded in the Moroccan capital of Rabat.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 12:19 pm

VIDEO: Morocco's offshore oil dispute

US oil company Kosmos Energy is to begin drilling off the coast of Western Sahara - a disputed territory claimed by both the Moroccan government and separatists from the indigenous Saharawi people.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 12:17 pm

Banks may be forced to boost reserves

British banks may have to hold more funds to guard against the risk of a future economic downturn, the Bank of England has proposed.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 12:10 pm

RBS reserves £400m for currency probe

Royal Bank of Scotland sets aside £400m to cover potential costs from an investigation into possible manipulation of the foreign exchange market.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 11:59 am

Government to 'retire' some WW1 debt

The UK Government has said that it will 'retire' £218m of the UK's £2bn First World War debt by refinancing bonds originally issued by Winston Churchill.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 9:00 am

VIDEO: Can Indian consumers shop for less?

The BBC's Yogita Limaye asks if ordinary people are witnessing a real change in the cost of living due to slowing inflation.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 8:27 am

VIDEO: Is data the next frontier in Africa?

With the vast majority of people choosing mobile phones over fixed lines, is data the next logical focus for Africa's telecommunications business?

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 8:24 am

VIDEO: Zimbabwe's crocodile farms

Crocodile farming in Zimbabwe is an expensive, niche business, as the BBC's Brian Hungwe finds out.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 8:23 am

Global tax rules 'need tightening'

Global tax rules 'need tightening'

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 8:09 am

Hungary scraps controversial web tax

Hungary shelves a proposed tax on internet data traffic after tens of thousands of Hungarians marched against it.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 7:57 am

The metal detectors saving marriages

The metal detectorists saving marriages

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 7:41 am

Eurozone inflation edges up to 0.4%

Inflation in the eurozone rose slightly in October, giving some hope that the spectre of deflation can be staved off.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 7:16 am

Former Android boss leaves Google

Andy Rubin steps down from Google, while his former colleague Daniel Graf is demoted at Twitter

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 6:57 am

Russia raises interest rates to 9.5%

Russia's central bank raises interest rates to 9.5% from 8%, a much bigger rise than expected, as it seeks to combat inflation.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 6:32 am

Sony reports loss of $1.2bn

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony reports a net loss for the three months to September of 136bn yen ($1.2bn; £762m).

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 6:05 am

BA owner raises profit forecast

The parent company of British Airways, IAG, raises its profit forecast after it reports a 30% increase in third-quarter profits.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 5:49 am

BOJ boosts monetary stimulus measure

Japan's central bank, the Bank of Japan, surprises markets by announcing an expansion of its monetary stimulus policy.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 5:34 am

ANZ bank announces record profit

One of Australia's biggest lenders, ANZ, announces a record full-year net profit of A$7.3bn ($6.4bn, £4bn), up 15% from a year earlier.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 12:55 am

Citigroup legal costs up by $600m

Investment bank Citigroup puts aside an extra $600m to cover legal expenses due to "rapidly evolving regulatory inquiries".

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 9:43 pm

VIDEO: Philippines tourism shrugs off warning

Ramon Jimenez, the Philippines' tourism secretary, says a drop in numbers from China is not a major concern because of growing visits from other countries.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 9:42 pm

What are Remploy workers doing now?

How former Remploy workers struggle to find work

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 9:13 pm

Russia-Ukraine deal secures EU gas

Russia will resume gas deliveries to Ukraine this winter in a deal brokered by the European Union, which will also safeguard supplies to EU countries.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 8:08 pm

Colorado considers fracking's future

Weighing up oil and gas development in Colorado

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 7:07 pm

Starbucks sales disappoint investors

Starbucks' shares fall as investors express disappointment at the company's latest quarterly sales figures.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 6:33 pm