US attempted to free hostages in Syria

Announcement comes amid anger over murder of James Foley

Labour warns energy companies on service

Flint says regulator would be given power to revoke licences

French economy remains sluggish

German expansion slows in ‘flash’ results of survey

Quindell ‘on track’ to meet full-year targets

Revenue more than doubles in first half of year

HP returns to deal making as sales lift

Meg Whitman says mergers part of strategy

Thai coup leader anointed as PM

MPs unanimously confirm Gen Prayuth as their choice

Fed to give clearer signal on rates rise

Minutes come ahead of Jackson Hole central bankers’ gathering

Icahn signals a move on Hertz

Shares fall after cut to earnings expectations

Argentine bonds fall on debt swap plan

Proposal makes early resolution of ‘holdouts’ saga less likely

Berkshire fined $1m over stakebuilding

Warren Buffett’s company allegedly breached reporting requirements

ECB bank audit covers consultants in cash

Comprehensive assessment to cost about €500m

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Bank compliance comes under scrutiny

Regulators sharpen focus on money laundering

BoE dissenters still seen as outliers

Debate is on how to reconcile soaring employment with slow wage growth

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