The UK stands ready to assist Australia as it faces its worst wildfires in the country's history.
A boost for childcare funding and scrapping higher education fees are among the spending priorities announced by the Liberal Democrats today.
The FTSE 100 was up 1.54 points by 08:36 GMT to 4,293.41, led by a jump in Barclays' shares.
Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has launched an online campaign on social networking site Facebook to stop executive remuneration in failing banks.
Tory leader David Cameron has unveiled a new economic recovery committee to discuss strategies to beat the financial crisis, including Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO, as international business adviser.
Shadow business secretary, Kenneth Clarke, has refused to oppose the Tory position on Europe in the run-up to European elections, it was reported today.
Home secretary Jacqui Smith has said she is "surprised and profoundly disappointed" by professor David Nutt's comments that taking ecstasy is no more dangerous than horse-riding.
A shadow minister has apologised after discovering hackers used his personal profile to view free webcams.