LIGHTS OUT: Activists of the Red Cross light candles during "Earth Hour". Thousands of cities around the world turned off lights to warn of the dangers of climate change. (Robert Atanasovski, AFP)
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US stocks have jumped in early trade helped by news that Dow member UnitedHealth would pay $12.8bn for rival pharmacy-benefit manager Catamaran.
Oil has sunk as an oversupplied market offset concerns over unrest in the crude-rich Middle East, where Saudi-led warplanes have struck rebel targets in Yemen.
Complaints against Britain's banks have fallen in the second half of last year as fewer people lodged objections about insurance protection mis-selling.
African oil products demand growth has remained strong across all regions, according to an independent consultancy focusing on the African energy market.
Rich nations provided around five times as much in export subsidies for fossil-fuel technology as for renewable energy over a decade, according to OECD data seen by Reuters.
Germany's egg-colouring plants are in full production mode in the weeks running up to Easter.
The macaroni and ketchup merger of Kraft Foods and HJ Heinz may prove a boon to the far smaller natural and organic food companies that have seized market share.
French oil giant Total says it has sold its stake in a Nigerian oil field to a local company for $569m.