The formation of a UK super bank has been rubber-stamped with a court giving its approval for Lloyds TSB's takeover of HBOS. The Court of Session in Edinburgh gave the green light to the deal after a legal hearing lasting all day.
The International Monetary Funds may need up to 150 billion US dollars in additional funds to assist emerging markets and poorer countries suffering through the intensifying global economic slump, IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said.
Contrary to Buenos Aires press speculation and apparently to medical counselling, Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner retook on Monday afternoon her agenda at the official residence of Olivos, although at a lighter pace and with breaks for short walks in the gardens.
Education officers from Edinburgh Zoo have headed to the Falkland Islands to teach local children about Scottish wildlife, according to a report from the News Scotsman.
Two search requests on the internet website Google produce as much carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle, according to a Harvard University academic. US physicist Alex Wissner-Gross claims that a typical Google search on a desktop computer produces about 7g CO2.
The European Parliament has voted to tighten rules on pesticide use and ban at least 22 chemicals deemed harmful to human health. The UK government, the Conservatives and the National Farmers' Union all oppose the new rules, saying they could hit yields and increase food prices. The rules have not yet been approved by the 27 member states' governments.
Uruguay's Central bank this week raised its reference interest rate by 2.25 percentage points to 10% in an attempt to contain inflation which last year closed at 9.19%, above government target and the highest since 2003.
China formally joined the Inter-American Development Bank in a signing and flag placement ceremony held on Monday at the IDB's headquarters in Washington, DC. The Asian giant became the Bank's 48th member nation, contributing 350 million US dollars to various programs.
Paraguayan health officials confirmed the first case of dengue fever here so far this year and announced a health blockade along the border with Argentina after the deaths of two men from yellow fever in the neighbouring country.
Immigrants' remittances from Spain to home countries totalled 1.95 billion Euros in the first three quarters of 2008, down 7% from the same period a year ago, reported the Banco de España.