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Lloyds fined £218m over Libor
Lloyds Banking Group is fined £218m for "serious misconduct" relating to key interest rates including Libor.

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk'
Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" receives a mixed response from campaigners.

Russia to appeal $50bn Yukos payout
Russia will appeal a court decision ordering it to pay the biggest compensation package to date, amounting to $50bn (£29.5bn) in damages.

House price growth 'starts to slow'
Seven out of 10 regions of England and Wales recorded month-on-month falls in house prices in June, according to the Land Registry.

Emirates to stop flying over Iraq
Emirates Airline will stop flying over Iraq to protect its passengers from the threat of Islamic militants on the ground, according to reports.

Bupa calls for 15% industry price cut
Britain's biggest private healthcare company tells the BBC that it is charging its own customers too much and that the industry needs to urgently rethink how it sets prices.

'Community banks' to avert debt trap
The best credit unions should be empowered to offer short-term loans that are cheaper than those offered by payday lenders, according to a report from a think tank.

Rise in younger fraudsters says KPMG
Frauds committed by those aged 26-35 rise 285% in the first half of the year, to just over £62m, according to research by accountants KPMG.

Profit warnings 'at three-year high'
Profit warnings from UK companies have hit a three-year high despite the continuing recovery in the wider economy, a report finds.

Ryanair raises profit forecasts
Budget airline Ryanair has raised its annual profit forecast after seeing a sharp rise in earnings for the three months to June.

RAC urges parking funds transparency
Councils should show where they are spending the money they raise on parking fees as motorists see higher charges, says the RAC.

Banks named in silver-fix lawsuit
Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Bank of Nova Scotia are accused of attempting to rig the price of silver, in a lawsuit filed in the US.

English councils propose 'Tesco tax'
A group of local councils in England is formally asking the government for new powers to tax large supermarkets, a plan dubbed the "Tesco tax".

UK economy back at pre-crisis level
The UK economy grew 0.8% in the second quarter and has now recovered the ground lost since the downturn began in 2008, according to official figures.