Washington weighs in on Google probe

Senate and House express alarm at EU vote on break-up

Oil nations fail to halt fall in crude

Drop of $1 in a day after lack of consensus on supply glut

Osborne to pledge balanced budget law

Trap for Labour in statute to eliminate deficit by 2017-18

Australia equities buoyed by currency dip

Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 jumps as Aussie falls back

Apple joins the one-company $700bn club

New high for the stock reflects hopes for iPhone and new products

MPs slam Facebook in Lee Rigby case

Killer of UK soldier in London had discussed murder online

Total to face corruption trial in France

Case is a setback for a group under pressure from falling oil prices

Pope calls Europe ‘haggard’ grandmother

Pontiff outspoken in address to European parliament

Botín replaces CEO in Santander overhaul

Board changes expected to herald corporate governance modernisation

Taylor Swift at the O2 Arena, London, UK

Spotify pays most turnover to rights holders

Revenues surge but music streamer fails to turn profit

France suspends Russian warship delivery

Hollande toughens his stance over controversial arms sale

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Berlin increasingly needs dirty coal to make up for scrapping nuclear

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