• Before Facebook, there was Manet, painting friends Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 11:35 AM ET

    TOLEDO, Ohio-- Long before smartphones turned so many of us into amateur photographers and revolutionized how we depict each other through social media, there were the works of French Impressionist Edouard Manet.

  • Early Belgian vote results show separatist gains Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 11:29 AM ET

    BRUSSELS-- Early results from Belgian municipal elections Sunday showed widespread gains for a separatist party that is seeking autonomy for the wealthy Dutch-speaking region of northern Flanders.

  • Italian justice minister says corruption growing Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 9:31 AM ET

    ROME-- Italy's justice minister is warning that rampant corruption by politicians' pilfering public funds is reaching unprecedented levels, just as the government is demanding sacrifices from its citizens to keep the country from succumbing to the European debt crisis.

  • Report claims Swiss bank UBS to cut 2,000 jobs Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 8:24 AM ET

    BERLIN-- A Swiss newspaper is reporting that UBS, the country's largest bank, is set to cut some 2,000 jobs in its IT-department as part of a major cost-cutting drive.

  • Smoke forces plane evacuation in Turkey Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 7:49 AM ET

    ANKARA, Turkey-- Passengers, some in a panic, were evacuated from a plane at Turkey's Antalya airport early Sunday after crew members reported smoke inside the cockpit, airline officials and state media said.

  • Report: Fire forces plane evacuation in Turkey Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 6:25 AM ET

    ANKARA, Turkey-- Turkey's state-run news agency says passengers, some in a panic, were evacuated from a plane at the Antalya airport after reports of a cockpit fire. The Anadolu Agency says the crew detected smoke on the Trondheim, Norway- bound plane as it readied for take-off early Sunday.

  • UK probes ex-brass who boasted of political access Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 6:14 AM ET

    LONDON-- Britain's defense ministry announced Sunday that it is investigating whether retired senior officers broke any rules after they were recorded by undercover journalists as appearing to offer to lobby the government on behalf of defense companies. Richard Dannatt and former defense procurement chief Lt.

  • Opposition expected to gain in Lithuanian ballot Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 12:31 AM ET

    VILNIUS, Lithuania-- Voting precincts have opened in Lithuania, with opposition leftists and populists expected to vie for victory over the unpopular conservative government that took over four years ago as the Baltic country slid into a deep recession.

  • Thousands march in Spain to protest austerity Saturday, 13 Oct 2012 | 2:44 PM ET

    MADRID-- Several thousand anti-austerity protesters in Spain marched down a major street in the capital banging pots and pans Saturday. With unemployment nearing 25 percent, Spain has introduced biting austerity measures as well as financial and labor reforms in a desperate bid to lower its deficit and assuage investors' misgivings.

  • Occupy London marks anniversary of St Paul's camp Saturday, 13 Oct 2012 | 11:31 AM ET

    LONDON-- Supporters of Occupy have gathered outside St. Paul's Cathedral to mark the first anniversary of the anti-corporate movement's now-dismantled protest camp.

  • Merkel sees progress in Greece's reform efforts Saturday, 13 Oct 2012 | 8:41 AM ET

    BERLIN-- Germany's chancellor says she thinks debt-laden Greece is making progress in implementing reforms and austerity measures "step by step." Angela Merkel said in her weekly video podcast published Saturday that Greece's progress is slower than hoped "but on this matter we should always give Greece another chance."

  • IMF urges quick, effective moves to buoy growth Saturday, 13 Oct 2012 | 1:39 AM ET

    TOKYO-- Global financial ministers called Saturday for quick and effective action to safeguard faltering economic growth and rebuild shaken confidence as they ended an annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund.

  • China's imports weak in negative sign for recovery Saturday, 13 Oct 2012 | 12:53 AM ET

    BEIJING-- China's import growth recovered slightly in September but was weak, suggesting that a recovery for the world's second-largest economy from a painful slump has yet to take hold. The World Bank cut its growth forecast for China this year to 7.7 percent from its May outlook of 8.2 percent.

  • China import growth rises slightly in September Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:30 PM ET

    BEIJING-- China's import growth rose slightly in September but was still weak, suggesting that a recovery from a deep economic downturn has yet to take hold in the world's second-biggest economy. Export growth was a relatively robust 9.9 percent despite economic problems in Europe and the United States.

  • Geithner: Work remains despite US fiscal progress Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:00 PM ET

    TOKYO-- Despite making progress on getting its fiscal house in order, the United States still has much work to do, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told fellow financial leaders Saturday.

  • By Xiaoyi Shao and Sui-Lee Wee. "The export data is much stronger than expected, signalling that overseas markets have recovered," Xiao Bo, economist at Huarong Securities in Beijing told Reuters.

  • James Bond soars in early "Skyfall" reviews Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:23 PM ET

    Oct 12- James Bond is back and better than ever, according to early reviews on Friday, as the latest movie featuring Britain's smooth-talking, martini-drinking super-spy soared with critics and audiences after an advance screening in London.

  • Seadrill Partners to raise up to $193 mln in IPO Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:25 PM ET

    The company, formed by Seadrill Ltd, counts Chevron Corp, BP Plc and ExxonMobil Corp. Seadrill Partners plans to use the proceeds from the offering to acquire stakes in two operating units of Seadrill Ltd, the company said in a regulatory filing.

  • Santander-RBS deal collapse is matter for firms -UK Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:55 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- The British government said on Friday the collapse of a Santander deal to buy 316 UK branches of state-backed bank RBS was a matter for the companies, adding that it remained committed to promoting competition in the banking sector. "This is a commercial matter for RBS and Santander," a Treasury spokesman said.

  • US runs a 4th straight $1 trillion-plus budget gap Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:42 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The United States has now spent $1 trillion more than it's taken in for four straight years. The Treasury Department confirmed Friday what was widely expected: The deficit for the just-ended 2012 budget year _ the gap between the government's tax revenue and its spending _ totaled $1.1 trillion.