A member from the oil police force stands guard at Zubair oilfield in Basra, southeast of Baghdad. Photograph: Essam Al-Sudani/Reuters

Brent crude held above $114 a barrel today near a nine-month high, supported by concerns about potential supply disruptions due to fighting in Iraq. B(...)

Aer Lingus and Ryanair had contrasting days. While Aer Lingus rose by 0.6 per cent to €1.409, Ryanair closed down 2.3 per cent at €6.60 on profit taking. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks posted a gain in the first full week of 2014, as data showed US and German unemployment fell and that Ireland returned to the bond mar(...)

Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped by armed men from a hotel in Tripoli today. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Brent oil rose today after news of the kidnapping of Libya’s prime minister raised concerns of new supply disruptions from the North African country.A(...)

Brent crude held above $105 a barrel today and was on course for its strongest weekly gain in a month. Photograph: Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images.

Brent crude held above $105 a barrel today and was on course for its strongest weekly gain in a month, ahead of key US jobs data that could bolster co(...)

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Gold rebounded more than 1 per cent after falling to two-year lows , although caution prevailed among investors worried over the health of the(...)

Mentoring a start-up is not that different from an apprenticeship one might undertake to develop a skill or trade like mechanics or carpentry. Eage(...)