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Traders work at Egypt’s Stock Exchange in Cairo yesterday.Oil slipped today from a two-week high above $106 a barrel after Egypt’s armed forces toppled its president, easing concerns over the threat of supply disruption in the Middle East.  Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters.

Oil slipped today from a two-week high above $106 a barrel after Egypt’s armed forces toppled its president, easing concerns over the threat of supply(...)

     S&P maintained its ratings for UBS because it considers the Zurich-based company to be ‘the most active bank in reducing its exposures to investment banking. Photograph:   Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse had their credit ratings lowered by Standard & Poor’s as new rules and “uncertain market conditions” thr(...)

Ryanair closed up almost a point. Photograph: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

Trading is expected to be thin for the rest of this week as US markets close early today and all of Thursday for the US Independence Day holiday. Stoc(...)

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd and governor general Quentin Bryce introduce the Labor cabinet and stand for a photograph at Government House in Canberra. Photograph: Cole Bennetts/Getty Images.

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd announced his ministerial team, opting for less familiar names as he seeks to distance himself from predecessor J(...)

Chief executive Myles Lee (left)  and chairman Nicky Hartery at the CRH agm, held in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, in May. The building materials group was down slightly yesterday by 0.03 per cent to €15.55. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

World equity markets and bonds gained yesterday, showing further signs of stabilising from a dramatic sell-off as investors’ view strengthened that ma(...)

A Barnes and Noble store in New York. The company has been trying to navigate the shift by readers away from paper books with its Nook brand of tablets and e-readers

US book retailer Barnes and Noble sank the most in 17 months after posting a loss that was twice as wide as analysts estimated and said it would stop(...)

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Government is “determined” to unleash an inquiry in the wake of the latest revelations.

International reaction to the Anglo tapes scandal was mounting yesterday with media outlets pointing to an Irish government “suckered” or “hoodwinked”(...)

“In the calculation of blame for financial bad behaviour, a throwaway comment can weigh as heavily as a slew of statistics.” - quote from Financial Times. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Financial Times Under the heading, ‘Ireland should lift lid on bank crisis with an inquiry’, Jonathan Guthrie says:In the calculation of blame for fin(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne: Treasury to review case for breaking up RBS. Photograph: Getty Images

European stocks fell. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index posted its biggest weekly decline in 13 months as Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras lost one of hi(...)

An Airbus A380 on a  demonstration flight during the 50th Paris Air Show north of Paris this week. Photograph: AP Photo/Francois Mori

Airbus came within reach of its annual order target after adding almost $15 billion in sales on the fourth day of the Paris Air Show, prompting its sa(...)

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