quinta-feira, 22 de julho de 2010
The health of Europe's banks will come under scrutiny again later, when the results of EU-wide bank stress tests are published.
Results for a total of 91 banks across Europe will be made public, in a move designed to reassure investors over the health of Europe's financial sectors.
The tests assess whether banks will be able to survive future economic shocks.
The UK's four major banks - RBS, Lloyds, HSBC and Barclays - have been among those tested.
The Financial Services Authority has already said it expects the UK banks to pass the tests.
Savings banks in Germany and Spain - deemed more fragile by many analysts - are also included, with a total of 27 Spanish banks subject to testing.
Spanish regional lenders in particular are a cause for concern, having racked up heavy losses following the collapse of the Spanish property market.
In France, the results of tests on four banks are due.
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet for talks on Friday with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, press service of the Russian Patriarch said.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is currently on a visit to Ukraine, where he arrived on Tuesday starting the visit with the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa on the Black Sea.
"The meeting will take place at a summer residence of the president in Crimea," the press service said.
Russian Orthodox Church spokesman Vladimir Legoida said earlier that Kirill and Yanukovych would be discussing a broad range of issues.
"The Patriarch and the Ukrainian president have long-standing personal and working relations. I believe they will easily find topics for a mutually beneficial conversation," Legoida said.
The Orthodox Church in Ukraine split in the 1990s following the breakup of the Soviet Union into followers of the Moscow Patriarchate and those seeking an independent national church. The Ukrainian Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is recognized worldwide, while the other churches are not.
Amy Winehouse seems to have fallen back to her old ways enjoying a night on the lash with new pals Damian Marley and Nas, and flashing what looks like a wedding ring
The Rehab star partied until 4am last night to celebrate reggae star Marley's 32nd birthday.
Perhaps Amy had something else to celebrate too - the singer was spotted wearing a ring on her wedding finger.
She also showed off a nasty looking gash on her elbow.
Boyfriend Reg Traviss was nowhere to be seen though as Amy embarked on her boozy night out.
The star ditched the bra and wore what looked like a hot pink swimsuit instead of a proper top coupled with denim shorts and her favourite ballet flats.
She started off with a quiet meal at Balan's restaurant in London's Soho before joining Marley and US rapper Nas at a private bash at The Kayashi Club in Covent Garden.
But the night didn't end there - Winehouse then hit The Runaway Club in Holborn at 2am before leaving bleary-eyed at 4am.
Her security guard had to help her to her car so make sure she didn't fall over.
This is Amy's second night out with Marley and Nas after she turned up to their gig at the Hammersmith Apollo on Tuesday.
Microsoft has reported profits of $4.52bn (£2.96bn) for the three months between April and June - up 48% on the same period last year.
The world's biggest software company said strong sales of its Windows 7 operating system helped boost profits.
The company said 175 million Windows 7 licences have now been sold since its launch last year.
Total revenues hit $16bn with strong sales from its Bing search engine and the Xbox games console.
Two inmates have been killed and six injured in a riot in a Quebec prison.
The riot was set off by a "violent altercation" in a wing of the Quebec Detention Centre in Orsainville, north of Quebec City on Wednesday night.
Prisoners set fire to mattresses and clothes, and the inmates' bodies were discovered after the fires were extinguished, officials said.
It was unclear what sparked the riot, said to involve 14 prisoners.
No guards or prison staff were injured.