Reuters in London

Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Arsenal’s Gabriel have both been charged by the Football Association after incidents in Saturday’s bad-tempered Premier League derby at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United have completed the signing of Anthony Martial from Monaco on a four-year deal, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. The transfer fee was undisclosed, but British media reports have estimated it to be around 36 million pounds (HK$429.6 million).

Royal Dutch Shell is ready to pay up to 30 million British pounds in compensation for two oil spills in Nigeria in 2008, but lawyers reject offer and say it may face a far bigger pay out after a London court ruled it could be liable for damages.

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of Britain’s News of the World on trial for phone-hacking, had her own voicemail repeatedly targeted by the private investigator working for her newspaper, a court in London heard on Wednesday.

G8 foreign ministers meet on Wednesday in London, where host Britain will press its case for doing more to help the Syrian opposition against President Bashar al-Assad and end a devastating civil war.


He put United ahead on the stroke of halftime and scored two more goals after the break before Wayne Rooney’s late screamer rounded off a victory that kept Alex Ferguson’s side surging relentlessly towards a 20th English league title.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have brought down a foreign surveillance drone during a military exercise, the official Islamic Republic News Agency said on Saturday.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Monday a newly independent state would have to apply to join the European Union, casting doubt on assertions that an independent Scotland would automatically become a member of the bloc.

European shares hit a two-week high on Thursday as Chinese economic data gave a further sign of recovery, encouraging investors to put more money into stocks.

Chelsea on Wednesday parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo, following the European champions’ 3-0 defeat to Juventus on Tuesday.

Ford will stop making vans in Britain next year, with the potential loss of 2,000 jobs, a union leader said, as part of a plan by the US car maker to drag its European operations back into profit.