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  • 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."

  • Dutch City Wants Pot Sold Only to Dutch Citizens Wednesday, 18 Aug 2010 | 7:53 AM ET

    Struggling to reduce traffic jams and a high crime rate, Maastricht is pushing to make its legalized use of recreational drugs a Dutch-only policy, banning sales to foreigners who cross the border to indulge.

  • A Hundred Days on, Is Cameron the New Thatcher? Wednesday, 18 Aug 2010 | 3:55 AM ET
    Big Ben & London Eye

    The bond vigilantes currently appear to have bigger worries than the UK and growth in the second quarter was far better than forecast, giving the impression that Cameron and his team have that must valuable of commodities - luck.

  • Switzerland

    The central bank reported that it lost 4.2 billion Swiss francs ($4.0 billion) in the second quarter, partly from its bid to check the rise of the Swiss franc against the weakening euro.

  • The Age of Austerity Challenges Stonehenge Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 | 11:04 AM ET
    Stonehenge, England

    The prehistoric monument of Stonehenge stands tall in the British countryside as one of the last remnants of the Neolithic Age. Recently it has also become the latest symbol of another era: the new fiscal austerity. The NYT reports.

  • Britain Reels as Spending Cuts Begin Tuesday, 10 Aug 2010 | 6:41 AM ET

    Like a shipwrecked sailor on a starvation diet, the new British coalition government is preparing to shrink down to its bare bones as it cuts expenditures by $130 billion over the next five years and drastically scales back its responsibilities. The NYT reports.

  • Armageddon Sells: Permabears Now Becoming Cool Tuesday, 10 Aug 2010 | 4:48 AM ET
    New York Stock Exchange trader

    In many smart-money circles, listening to bears has become fashionable, the NY Times reports.

  • European Bank Stress Tests Worked: Sort Of Saturday, 31 Jul 2010 | 12:20 PM ET
    Map of Europe

    A week after the authorities released results of stress tests on the largest European banks, market data is starting to provide an indication of whether the exercise had the desired effect on confidence. The answer: sort of. The NYT explains.

  • British Political Leader Says Obama Is 'Anti-England' Monday, 26 Jul 2010 | 11:38 AM ET
    Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley

    British right-wing political leader Lord Christopher Monckton, Viscount of Brenchley, accused President Barack Obama of being hostile toward Great Britain.