Global Roundup

Insider trader jailed

A former hedge-fund manager has been sentenced to 11 years in jail in New York for one of the biggest insider trading cases in American history. Raj Rajaratnam, 54, was also fined $10m.

Google profits surge

Internet giant Google has reported a large rise in profits in the three months to September. The search engine said net income in the third quarter surged 26% to $2.73bn, up from $2.17bn in the same period last year. Earlier this year, Google launched Google+, a social network to take on Facebook.

Energy firms' profit

The profit margin for energy firms has risen to £125 per customer per year, from £15 in June, says regulator Ofgem. The profit margin figure measures the amount suppliers would make if energy prices and bills were to remain unchanged for the next year.

King marries commoner

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk has married his commoner bride in a lavish ceremony at a monastic fortress in the Himalayan nation. During the Buddhist ritual the king, who is 31, came down from his throne to place a crown upon the head of 21-year-old student Jetsun Pema.

Kenya hunts gunmen

Police in Kenya say they are hunting for the gunmen responsible for abducting two female Spanish aid workers near the Kenya-Somalia border. Regional police chief Leo Nyongesa said he believed the attackers had come from Somalia and that they were pursuing them by road and air. The government blames al-Shabab militants for the attack

Minister dumps docs

UK Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin has admitted dumping government documents in park bins near No 10. He was photographed by the Daily Mirror disposing of private letters and government papers over five days. He said they were not of a sensitive nature.

Spain downgraded

Standard & Poor's cuts Spain's long-term credit rating and rival Fitch downgrades European banks, as G20 ministers gather in France for key economic talks.

Berlusconi in trouble

Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi faces a key confidence vote amid questions over his handling of the economy and personal scandals.

New Yorkers protest

Anti-Wall Street demonstrators vow to stay put in their New York protest park, calling plans to clean it up on Friday morning an "eviction" tactic. They are protesting against the banking crisis.

Bangkok 'safe'

Thai leader says Bangkok's city-centre flood defences will hold, as efforts continue to protect the city from the country's worst floods in decades.

Clashes in Syria

At least 19 people have been killed in continuing unrest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad across the country, activists say.

Teacher on fire

A teacher with a "difficult" relationship with parents and pupils has survived after setting herself on fire in the playground of the school in southern France.

Car bomb in Delhi

Police in India say a large quantity of explosives recovered from a car was meant to be used by militants in an attack on the capital, Delhi.

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