United Kingdom


  • BoSox Fans Now Face the Curse of Soccer Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 9:31 AM ET

    How do you make a $100 million in soccer? Start with $1 billion. This joke was first told in the 1980s by the chairman of an English soccer club.

  • Red Sox Owners Buy Liverpool Soccer Team Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 | 7:22 AM ET

    UK Soccer team Liverpool's board agreed to sell the debt-riddled English Premier League club to the owners of the Boston Red Sox, although legal action may be needed to force the existing American owners out.

  • Vagueness of Alert Leaves Travelers Frustrated Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | 9:45 AM ET

    The State Department travel alert issued on Sunday in response to reports of a threat by Al Qaeda was anything but precise.

  • Amid Austerity, Britain Keeps Welfare for Well-Off Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 6:19 AM ET

    Every week without fail Lucy Elkin, a comfortably middle-class mother of two small children, receives a £33.20 child benefit payment, or about $52, from the debt-plagued British government, reports the New York Times.

  • US Disputes Talk of Higher Capital for Big Banks Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 4:17 PM ET

    Finance ministers and central bankers from the G20 nations are considering raising capital levels 2 percent to 3 percent higher for the world’s biggest banks, CNBC has learned.

  • London's Best Dressed Banker to Get Award Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 10:18 AM ET

    Walk down Fleet Street any weekday and you could almost be in a scene from Mary Poppins, surrounded by sharply dressed bankers in their dark suits.

  • Commentary: No Lessons Learned in Land of Orwell Monday, 20 Sep 2010 | 11:24 AM ET

    While the Tea Party movement in America is benefitting from a groundswell of opinion that the government has too much influence in people's lives, the UK's tax collection body is floating a proposal that the government become the largest payroll operator in the world.

  • Gold Rally Could Break $1,500 by Christmas: Investor Monday, 20 Sep 2010 | 9:58 AM ET

    The recent rally in gold prices looks set to continue and the precious metal could break above $1,500 before Christmas, John Meyer, head of resources at Fairfax IS, told CNBC Monday.

  • Tony Blair on Financial Crisis & Extremism in the Media Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 | 5:11 PM ET
    Tony Blair's A Journey: My Political Life

    Former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair sat down with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo to talk about his new book, "A Journey: My Political Life."

  • Young Greeks Seek Options Elsewhere Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 | 5:47 AM ET

    In two weeks, Alexandra Mallosi, 29, will be packing her bags and leaving the quiet Athens suburb of Holargos for Abu Dhabi to start a job as a hotel sales manager. It was not a tough decision, reports the New York Times.

  • Give Private Sector Chance to Innovate: Tony Blair Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 | 2:15 PM ET

    Governments that bolstered their countries’ ailing institutions impacted by the financial crisis need to step back and give the private sector a chance to innovate and rebuild, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair told CNBC Tuesday.

  • RBS to Issue $7.24 Billion Mortgage-Backed Debt Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 | 4:05 AM ET

    Royal Bank of Scotland is launching a $7.24 billion issue of securities backed by its mortgages in its first securitization deal of this type since the financial crisis began. The FT reports.

  • BAE Puts Platform Solutions Unit Up For Sale Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 6:00 AM ET

    British defence company BAE Systems on Monday said it had hired advisors to sell its Platform Solutions business.

  • OECD Warns of Slowing Economic Recovery Thursday, 9 Sep 2010 | 6:09 AM ET
    Economic Stimulus Package

    The global recovery looks to be slowing more than expected as growth weakens in the world's rich economies, and monetary stimulus should be extended or stepped up if the slowdown proves more than momentary, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said on Thursday.

  • Halal Foods Expand Reach in France Thursday, 9 Sep 2010 | 4:57 AM ET

    For years, Anissa Benchamacha bought her meat in a parking lot, from vendors hawking near-expired products to Muslims eager to find food that met their religious requirements.

  • UK Phone-Tapping Scandal Set to Reignite Monday, 6 Sep 2010 | 9:38 AM ET

    Senior opposition politicians are calling on the UK government to respond to renewed accusations that Downing Street’s chief communications officer encouraged reporters to illegally intercept messages. The New York Times reports.  

  • BBC Takes 'Stig' Identity Battle to the High Court Tuesday, 31 Aug 2010 | 10:03 AM ET
    Steering wheel

    The BBC's bid to keep secret the identity of an anonymous test driver featured on the UK auto-themed TV show "Top Gear" began behind closed doors at the High Court, according to UK wire service the Press Association.

  • UK Faces Economic 'Hurricane': Labour Politician Friday, 27 Aug 2010 | 4:27 AM ET
    Tower Bridge and City of London financial district

    Ed Balls will on Friday say that a “hurricane is about to hit” Britain’s economy, in the most dramatic warning yet by a Labour politician that the coalition’s plans to cut the deficit risk pitching the country into a double-dip recession. The FT reports.

  • Why London Outsings New York in Concerts Friday, 20 Aug 2010 | 11:15 AM ET
    Madonna performs onstage during the opening night of her 'Sticky and Sweet' tour at the O2 Arena on in London, England.

    At the turn of the century, London's Millennium Dome was dismissed by many as a failure and a waste of money after it did not attract the huge numbers of visitors that the government had hoped.

  • Paul the Octopus Backs England as World Cup Hosts Friday, 20 Aug 2010 | 9:44 AM ET
    An octopus named Paul sits on a box decorated with a Spanish flag and a shell inside on July 9, 2010 at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, western Germany. Paul's task is to decide in favour of one of the shells hidden in boxes with the flags of the Netherlands and Spain to act thus as oracle for the upcoming final match of the FIFA Football World Cup between the two countries on July 11, 2010. Paul, the 'psychic' octopus, who had predicted well the result of six German matches earlier in the

    Paul the Octopus "pledged allegiance" to his home country England and its bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup Friday - by swimming onto a box marked "England."