Oil advanced for the first time in three days amid speculation that an escalating conflict in Libya will help ease a global supply surplus that's driven crude into a bear market.
Germany set the scene for a bitter battle with the European Central Bank president, Mario Draghi, over emergency measures to revive the eurozone's flaccid economy, as senior officials hardened their opposition to a full-scale money-printing programme.
Scotland's solar power capacity has increased by almost a third in the past year, according to new figures. More than 35,000 homes and 600 business premises now have solar photo-voltaic (PV) systems, December figures from regulator Ofgem show.
Media power in Britain must not be allowed to fall into �too few hands�, the retiring head of Ofcom has warned - as he accused government representatives of showing favouritism to Rupert Murdoch's companies.
Anglian Water says work to restore water supplies to 6,000 homes in Norfolk could take until Monday. A main pipe burst at a pumping station at Caistor St Edmund at 11:00 GMT, affecting supplies to an area south of Norwich.