Morning in brief: Asian markets up, Occupy protesters evicted

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Markets have edge up ahead of liquidity injection by the European Central Bank, while Aer Lingus reports a doubling in annual profits.


Markets
Asian stocks and the euro rise slightly on the anticipation of a second liquidity injection through the European Central Bank’s long-term refinancing operation, Reuters reports.


Companies
Annual profits at Aer Lingus more than double to €84.4m euros (£72m) during 2011 after the Irish airline carries out its cost-cutting programme, according to the BBC.

The Guardian claims that Barclays is the unnamed bank on which the Treasury recently took action to close two “aggressive” tax avoidance schemes.


UK
The anti-corporatism protesters camping at St Paul’s Cathedral in London are evicted by police and about 100 bailiffs after losing a challenge with the Court of Appeal, the Telegraph reports.

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