UK economy returns to pre-crisis level

Growth hits 0.8% in second quarter

RBS shares jump on profit update

Rise comes despite warning over ‘legacy’ issues

BSkyB to pay up to £7.4bn in Europe deals

Pay-TV provider to buy Sky Deutschland stake and Sky Italia

Lloyds to pay up to £300m Libor fines

Settlement reached with US and UK regulators

West Bank erupts in anti-Israel protests

Two dead in demonstrations after attack on school in Gaza

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No survivors from Air Algerie crash in Mali

One of the ‘black box’ flight recorders recovered

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Pearson sticks to profit targets

Education company cautions on earnings range if sterling stays strong

Heathrow eyes runway after profit rise

Modest rise in passengers and operating profits at airport

Berlin to boost counter-intelligence against US

Reaction to revelations of extensive American surveillance

Goldman to Babble on own chatroom

Wall St banks’ project to replace Bloomberg messaging

Carillion in merger talks with Balfour Beatty

Deal would create £3bn construction giant

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