The economy is going like the clappers - but the long-term outlook is still grim. Growth forecasts for this year have more than doubled since March - up from 0.6% to 1.4% for this year, and up from 1.8% to 2.4% next year.
Aviva chairman John McFarlane is to join train operator FirstGroup in the same role, according to reports. The company behind First Capital Connect will announce the appointment on Friday after a six-month search to replace founder Martin Gilbert, Sky News ...
The euro surged to a five-week high Thursday, while European stocks and bonds fell, as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi indicated that further monetary easing measures for the region aren't imminent.
Students on the campus of Manchester University. The chancellor has announced abolition of the 'cap on aspiration' for university places.
David Cameron could scarcely have crouched any lower during this week's visit to China. For his compatriots, the British prime minister's enthusiastic self-abasement was, well, embarrassing.