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  • Source Sought for False Story on French Bank Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 9:47 AM ET
    France

    Did a misunderstanding over  a fictional series of articles in Le Monde contribute to a mysterious sell-off in French bank stocks last week?  The New York Times investigates.

  • Specter of Second Recession Looms in West Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 9:21 AM ET

    After the turbulence of the summer, there has been plenty of speculation about whether Western economies may suffer a double dip into recession after recovering from the downturn of 2008-09.

  • Asking prices for residential property in England and Wales showed their first year-on-year fall since September 2009, property marketing company Rightmove said on Monday.

  • Lack of Clarity Fueling Euro Debt Crisis     Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 4:30 PM ET

    "The problems in the European markets are based on a lack of clarity and a lack of a long term solution," Gemma Godfrey, head of research at Credo Capital told CNBC. "Things are getting a lot worse......the ECB is using debt to solve a problem of debt," she added.

  • 'Twitter' Hedge Fund Navigates Early Market Turmoil Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 1:20 PM ET
    Twitter

    London-based hedge fund Derwent Capital Markets, dubbed “The Twitter Fund” because it uses tweets to help it predict market activity, turned in positive returns in its first official month of trading.

  • Short-Selling Ban Will Not Deter Bears: Analysts Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 2:05 AM ET

    A 15-day short selling ban , which will be implemented on Friday morning across several European countries, has attracted opprobrium from market participants, who see the restrictions as a superficial move that will do little to solve the underlying problems of the euro zone and stop  market turbulence.

  • Time for a European Bond: UK Finance Minister Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 11:22 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    U.K. finance minister George Osborne has called upon his euro zone peers to do whatever it takes to ensure stability, indicating the British government would back a so-called euro bond to avoid a disastrous break up of the euro.

  • UK Prime Minister Promises Help for Riot Victims Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 9:04 AM ET
    David Cameron

    David Cameron condemned the recent riots in the UK as Parliament was recalled from its summer recess on Thursday, telling MPs in the House of Commons that the violence was "not about politics or protest."

  • Tough Questions Rise From Ashes of England's Riots Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 6:29 AM ET
    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: A rioter throws a rock at riot police in Clarence Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting continues to take place in various boroughs of London this evening, as well as in Birmingham, prompted by the initial rioting in Tottenham and then in Brixton on Sunday night. It has been announced that the Prime Minister David Cameron and his family are due to return home from their summer holiday in Tuscany, Italy to respond to the

    Police appear to have brought under control the rioting and looting that gripped the UK on the fifth night since violence flared up in the North London borough of Tottenham on Saturday and spread like fire across the country, but politicians and society at large are struggling to grasp the economic and social root causes of the unrest.

  • Bank of England Revises UK Growth Down to 1.4% Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 7:29 AM ET

    The Bank of England (BoE) cut its 2011 GDP growth forecast for the UK for the seventh time since the end of the recession on Wednesday as more weak economic figures suggested the economy was struggling to maintain momentum.

  • UK Businesses Tally Up the Steep Costs of Riots Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 7:15 AM ET
    A riot police officer attempts to break down the door of a house next to a burning car as he is targeted by rioters after local residents claimed a baby was still in the property in Clarence Road in Hackney in London, England.

    The insured costs of the riots that have rocked the United Kingdom for four days look set to exceed 100 million pounds ($163 million), according to early estimates from the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

  • Police Battle Rioters in Northern UK Cities; London Quiet Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 4:04 AM ET
    An aerial view of the Sony distribution center engulfed in fire on the 9th August, 2011 in London. Widespread looting, arson and clashes with police continued for a third day in parts of the capital, as well as in Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol, as the disruption carries into a fourth night.

    London's streets were quiet Tuesday night after three nights of rioting, but police battled with looters in several other UK cities, including Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham and Birmingham as the country's violent unrest continued for a fourth night.

  • London Police Run Out of Space as City Licks Wounds Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 9:16 AM ET
    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: A rioter throws a rock at riot police in Clarence Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting continues to take place in various boroughs of London this evening, as well as in Birmingham, prompted by the initial rioting in Tottenham and then in Brixton on Sunday night. It has been announced that the Prime Minister David Cameron and his family are due to return home from their summer holiday in Tuscany, Italy to respond to the

    Central London's police cells are full to the brim as more than 200 people were arrested on a third night of disorder in the U.K.'s capital. Some 16,000 police officers will hit the city's streets Tuesday night, as the government tries to stem the rising tide of violence.

  • Europe's Leaders Play Tennis While Markets Implode Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 4:36 AM ET
    Tennis

    August is famously the month when most of Europe hits the beach. Markets are quiet, parliaments are closed, and very little happens.

  • Big Ben

    Following weak growth in the second quarter due to a number of one-off effects such as the UK royal wedding and the tsunami disaster in Japan, the UK economy can be described as fragile at best.

  • Even as Standard & Poor's continued to issue ratings downgrades in the wake of its downgrade of the US, rival ratings agency Moody's reaffirmed the country's AAA status.

  • How to Trade the Next Rating Cuts Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 2:10 PM ET
    Businessman with crystal ball

    Now that Standard & Poor's has done the unthinkable, you need to know who might take the next ratings hit. Here's the list, and how to trade it.

  • UK off 'Front Line' of Economies in Danger: Gieve Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 8:26 AM ET
    Big Ben

    The UK, with its high level of public debt, low growth, closeness to the US and reliance on financial services, was once viewed as one of the European economies most in danger of a double-dip recession.

  • Germany Steps Up Euro Zone Backing Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 5:05 AM ET
    Reichstag Parliment building, Berlin, Germany

    Germany is showing more commitment to the resolution of the euro zone debt crisis, and is likely to expect even greater influence on the fiscal discipline of its neighbors in return, analysts told CNBC.

  • News Corp.’s Soft Power in the U.S Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 4:56 AM ET
    News Corp.'s headquarters in New York.

    Over the last month, many Americans watched from a distance in horror or amusement as it became evident that the News Corporation regarded Britain’s legal and political institutions as its own private club.