Wall Street stocks were little changed on Thursday evening after a raft of mixed quarterly earnings and the slide in oil prices kept investors on the sidelines.

European shares fell slightly on Thursday after the European Central Bank kept rates unchanged, with Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson and Fren(...)

5th Avenue in New York. The Obama administration – preoccupied with the aftermath of financial crisis and the struggle with bitterly hostile Republicans – has only recently been in a position to grapple with competition policy. Photograph: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

When Verizon workers went on strike last week, they were mainly protesting efforts to outsource work to low-wage, non-union contractors. But they w(...)

There are 16 candidates on the Trinity Seanad panel. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sabina Brennan When she started university as a mature student of 43, Brennan became the first member of her family to go to third level and gradua(...)

A man walks on a red carpet in front of the Gulfstream G650 ER aircraft at Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) at Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai, China. Photograph: REUTERSAly Song
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Image of the week: Flying carpets Call it a side-effect of watching the The Night Manager, but on first sight, this circle of red seeping out from (...)

The new directors join as Twitter seeks new routes to growth. Photograph: Reuters

Twitter has appointed UK internet entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox and Pepsi’s chief financial officer Hugh Johnston as directors, as the messaging platfo(...)

Ryanair: airline closed down nearly 1 per cent to €13.30 as the stock continued to be affected by lower oil prices. Photograph:  Alan Betson

European stocks fell for the fourth time in six days on Thursday led by declines in banks and carmakers. Already the worst performers among industry (...)

Chief executive Tim Armstrong at AOL’s offices in Dublin: he wants the company to reach 2 billion users, up from about 700 million. Photograph: Dave Meehan

AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong wants to be “really clear” about his company’s “very audacious goals”. Following its $4.4 billion (€3.9 billion) a(...)

Following the recent Verizon offer to sell old Eircom shares, Vodafone has opened its own “low-cost” dealing window. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

How can I reinvest my £200 Verizon money back into Vodafone. Will any stockbroker take so small a job? Mr PM, email If that’s what you choose to do(...)

UK property is subject to a  new capital gains tax regime for non-residents selling property they own in the UK. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

I have a property in the UK for which I think the sale will go through before April 6th. So it will probably not be affected by the recent change on c(...)

Verizon: you are entitled to offset any loss from selling your shares against any capital gains that arise this year or in the future before you incur any capital gains tax bill. Photograph: Mel Evans/AP

I confused the Verizon deadlines. Any chance they’re going to go again or do I just take my beating and trade the disposal at normal rates before Tues(...)