Al-Qaeda member planned Madrid train 2004 attacks: Researcher

The deadly train bombings that struck Madrid in 2004 were directly planned by an al Qaeda member, a Spanish terrorism expert said while presenting a study of new evidence from intelligence officials.

New body to regulate Libor; several big league banks fined for rate-rigging

A new body has been appointed to administer Libor - the London Interbank Offered Rate. A subsidiary of the Intercontinental Exchange Group (ICE), a global network of exchanges and clearing houses, has been appointed to ensure Libor cannot be rigged by banks again.

Pope cashes in: The Vatican Bank more than quadrupled its profit last year

While Pope Francis wins over Catholic hearts, the Vatican Bank is cashing in as per the Vatican’s first step towards financial transparency. According to the 100-paged document, the bank's balance sheet is $6.8 billion with some €769 million in equity alone, and its profit in 2012 more than quadrupled since its 2011 profit.

Pope Francis prepared to discuss the issue of divorced and remarried Catholics

Pope Francis has said that next month he will meet with a group of eight cardinals to discuss the issue of divorced and remarried Catholics. The pope also referred to the scandals that have beset the Church, confirming that it is necessary to face the most serious problems with clarity, but without pessimism.

Revealed: Britain sold nerve gas chemicals to Syria 10 months after ‘civil unrest’ began

Furious British politicians have demanded Prime Minister David Cameron explain why chemical export licences were granted to firms last January – 10 months after the Syrian uprising began. Britain allowed firms to sell chemicals to Syria capable of being used to make nerve gas, according a damning report that exposes U.S. lies and propaganda on Assad government.

British top secret base in Cyprus to supply intelligence to US on Syria: Reports

Britain will supply intelligence to America for their planned strikes against Syria from a base in Cyprus.

Most British newspapers warn Cameron not to launch an attack on Syria

Don't do it - that's the clear advice to British prime minister David Cameron this morning from national newspapers of every political hue in the face of his call to take military action against Syria.

Another Lie and Psywarfare: Israel gave chemicals to Syria rebels – British MP

A British parliamentarian says Israel has been giving out chemical arms to the anti-Syria militants.

Snowden files gone: Why the Guardian destroyed hard drives of leaked NSA files

Guardian editors destroyed computer hard drives containing copies of some of the secret files leaked by Edward Snowden. The decision was taken after a threat of legal action by the government that could have stopped reporting on the extent of American and British government surveillance revealed by the documents.

Germany recognizes Bitcoin as a “private money”, subject to capital gains tax

Bitcoin has been recognized for legal and tax purposes in Germany, making it the first country to take an official stance on the status of using the online currency as money.

Glenn Greenwald’s Brazilian life partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours

David Miranda, Brazilian life partner of Glenn Greenwald, was detained and questioned under Terrorism Act, though he presents no threat to the UK government. Greenwald, a frequent The Santos Republic contributor, is the key journalist who has written a series of stories revealing the NSA's electronic surveillance programmes, detailed in thousands of files passed to him by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Trois Pommes denies racism, swipes at Oprah’s regrettable diva tendencies

Trois Pommes Store owner Trudie Goertz denies racism towards Oprah and insists her sales assistant did 'everything right and in perfect service' by offering the customer the whole range of bags when she asked to see the $38,000 bag at the Swiss store.