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  • Probe Launched Into Prudential’s Failed AIA Bid Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | 11:22 PM ET

    An investigation is under way into the handling of Prudential’s $35 billion aborted bid for Asian life assurer AIA, according to people familiar with the matter. The FT reports.

  • Ukraine's Richest Man Buys UK's Most Expensive Flat Tuesday, 19 Apr 2011 | 2:06 AM ET
    Tower Bridge and City of London financial district

    Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s richest man, has bought the UK’s most expensive flat at the One Hyde Park residential development in London’s Knightsbridge, the FT reports.

  • City of London Set for Hiring Spree Friday, 15 Apr 2011 | 12:59 AM ET
    Tower Bridge and City of London financial district

    More than 11,000 extra staff are forecast to be employed by banks and financial services firms across London over the next three years despite fears about regulation and taxation, reflecting renewed confidence in the capital and the wider economy.

  • UK Financial Services Sector Responds to Reforms Monday, 11 Apr 2011 | 8:36 AM ET

    The UK banking industry has begun to respond to the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) interim report into the future framework within which they would have to work if they want to remain headquartered in the UK.

  • Royal Bride Middleton Is No Diana, Say Experts Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 3:11 AM ET
    Prince William and Kate Middleton

    Few men would feel comfortable hearing their future wife compared to their mother. But that is what Prince William would face week in, week out, had he the time and inclination to wade through the royal press cuttings.

  • Commentary: The Nice Years Are Over Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 2:03 AM ET
    Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King

    What Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, called the Nice (“non-inflationary, consistently expansionary”) decade has vanished. In its place, we see what I would now call the Nasty (“nightmare of austere and stagflationary years”), the Financial Times reports.

  • UK Recovery Still Uncertain: Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 2:57 AM ET

    The UK economy returned to growth in the first quarter of 2011 but the outlook for the rest of the year remains worrying, according to a report published Tuesday by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

  • Barclay's Bank

    Barclays is considering moving its global headquarters from London to New York.

  • Protestors Will Target William and Kate Wedding Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 12:58 AM ET
    Prince William and Kate Middleton

    Protestors are expected to target the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Head of London’s public order police division has told the UK’s Daily Telegraph Monday.

  • Scots Incensed at 'Raid' on North Sea Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 2:59 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    Scottish politicians accused George Osborne of using North Sea resources to “fuel his Budget”, saying the chancellor had given too little in return for his unexpected £2 billion tax raid on the oil and gas industry, reports the Financial Times.

  • Tax Plans Make UK Attractive HQ Again: WPP's Sorrel Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 4:08 AM ET
    Big Ben

    The UK government's plan to change its plans for taxes on overseas profit is the main reason advertising giant WPP is considering returning to the country, CEO Sir Martin Sorrell told CNBC Thursday.

  • Doping is the most serious threat to the integrity of next year's London Olympic Games, British Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson said on Thursday.

  • Europe Must Show Banks Some Love: Strategist Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 1:31 AM ET
    BCBS chairman Nout Wellink talks with BCBS secretary general Stefan Walter

    European regulators should stop banker-bashing and allow banks to do their job or risk losing ground to competition from the US, Middle East and Asia in the financial sector, Howard Wheeldon, senior strategist at BGC Partners, told CNBC.com.

  • And the World's Most Valuable Brand Is… Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 1:28 AM ET

    Google became the world's most valuable brand this year, while Coca Cola dropped out of the top ten global brands for the first time, according to the 2011 Brand Finance ranking of the most valuable 500 brands across the globe.

  • Is This You? Dragonologist Wanted for English Castle Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 6:03 AM ET

    Warwick Castle – situated in the center of England and promoting itself as ‘Britain’s Ultimate Castle’ - is currently recruiting for a Consultant Dragonologist.

  • 'Penny Lane' Protests Penny-Pinching UK Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 3:07 AM ET

    Liverpool residents have voiced their anger at cuts by the government, which will leave them without many public services they relied on. The Financial Times reports.

  • Bob Marley's Daughter To Dress Usain Bolt's Team Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 2:32 AM ET
    UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 01: Photo of Bob MARLEY; Bob Marley performing live on stage at the Brighton Leisure Centre, (Photo by Mike Prior/Redferns)

    At the London Olympics in 2012, the public will have plenty of reason to keep their eye on Jamaica's track and field team.

  • Paul Hawtin

    Kate Kelly goes one-on-one with the two key players behind an ambitious new UK hedge fund launching in early April, which is promising its investors outsized returns using millions of random tweets to predict changes in the stock market.

  • Hedge Fund to Predict Markets Using Twitter Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 8:37 AM ET

    Last fall, Indiana University informatics professor Johan Bollen stumbled upon an astonishing connection:  That the social network Twitter could predict swings in the Dow Jones Industrial Average with 87 percent accuracy. 

  • Bankers Ruin Pancake Day Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 5:55 AM ET

    Anti-poverty campaigners the World Development Movement argue that banks and hedge funds are helping to drive up the price of food to record levels through "reckless speculation on basic foods such as wheat and sugar."