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UK nears decision on Barclays' Qatar charges - report

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Britain's fraud prosecutor could decide as soon as next month whether to charge former Barclays executives over undisclosed payments the bank made to Qatari investors in 2008, three sources familiar with the investigation said.

UK economic growth passes pre-crisis peak

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Britain's economy powered on in the second quarter, recording its strongest growth since before the financial crisis, but economists warned the pressure was on UK consumers and businesses to sustain the recovery amid the threat of a triple-dip recession in the eurozone.

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China aims to strike balance as economy transitions

China 's top brass is pledging reforms and dispelling fears of a hard landing in key national meetings that started over the weekend, underscoring Beijing's efforts to stabilize market sentiment and assert the Communist Party's leadership.