Yorkshire pudding makers have launched a bid to gain European legal protections currently enjoyed by other regional delicacies such as Scotch whisky and champagne. Under EU law, businesses in other countries can be prevented from making products which are named after specific regions of the European Union.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has said China must reverse its widening income gap between rich and poor. He said benefits of a growing economy - expected to expand by 8% this year - should be distributed more fairly.
British MPs are to get a 1.5% rise from next month bringing their salaries to £ 65.737. The increase of nearly £1,000 is likely to spark fury in the wake of revelations about expenses abuse and with millions of workers across the private and public sectors facing freezes or even cuts.
Two political allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Greece should sell off some of its islands to pay off its debts. Greece's Prime Minister, George Papandreou, is due to meet Ms Merkel in Berlin Friday for talks about his country's economic crisis.
The Bank of England opted Thursday against providing fresh aid for the economy after a year of record low interest rates and emergency stimulus measures. Its rate-setting committee marked the first anniversary of quantitative easing by leaving the program unchanged at £200bn and holding borrowing costs at 0.5%.
The European Central Bank (ECB) has kept the Euro zone benchmark interest rate at its record low of 1% for the 10th month in a row, as expected. ECB also signalled it would scale back the special lending measures introduced during the financial crisis even though the economy in the 16 countries that use the Euro is only barely growing.
China announced a slowdown in the growth of its much-watched defence budget. The planned increase of just 7.5% on last year's military spending is the smallest hike after more than two decades of annual double-digit increases.
Standard Chartered has reported record profits in 2009 and criticised some recent proposals to regulate banks. Pre-tax profits were 5.15 billion USD (£3.4bn), up 13% from 2008. Total pay and bonuses rose 4% to 4.91 billion USD.
Europe has welcomed a 6.6 billion US dollars Greek austerity plan of pension freezes and tax hikes as the country mounts a frantic bid to cut its budget deficit. Hundreds of pensioners hit the streets after Prime Minister George Papandreou revealed the hit to public and private sector retirement plans.
Two people have been killed and six injured as giant waves slammed into a cruise ship in the Mediterranean, the ship's owners have said. The 8 metres high rogue waves hit the Cypriot-owned Louis Majesty off the north-east coast of Spain.