Prime Minister Theresa May's attempt on Monday to "refresh" her ministerial team ended smelling like a pub before the smoking ban took force, as several refused to go and one resigned rather than move.
President Donald Trump has hit back at people questioning his mental health by boasting about his intelligence on Twitter.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has made clear that a Brexit without a deal is unthinkable and has said that Theresa should stop appeasing hard-line Brexiteers and think about what is best for the country.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was optimistic that renewed talks between her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) would break the nation's political stalemate.
January is a big month for retail investors and Tuesday sees this start to become apparent with trading updates from Morrisons and four others, plus industry sales data from the British Retail Consortium and Kantar.
According to EEF/AIG's executive survey, the country's manufacturers are entering 2018 in the most optimistic mood about the global economic outlook since 2014, albeit amid a rising balance of companies who see more risks than opportunities.
The Financial Conduct Authority has slapped a £250,000 fine on former RBS trader, Neil Danziger, for attempting to manipulate the Libor rate for the Japanese yen.
European consumer, business and investor sentiment surveys were all better than expected on Monday, though expectations for inflation and therefore interest rates remain low.
UK economic sentiment improved in December, according to a European Commission survey released on Monday.
Romania's central bank surprised most forecasters on Monday, hiking its main policy rate at the turn of the year in a bid to dampen above-target inflation.
China's foreign exchange reserves hit their highest level since September 2016 last month as interbank liquidity tightened, analysts said.
German factory orders unexpectedly slipped in November, according to data released by Destatis.
The outlook for miners remains "compelling", analysts at Barclays told clients, pointing to a raft of positive drivers for the sector.
Volkswagen and Uber will introduce NVIDIA tech in their vehicles to create artificially intelligent self-driving cars and trucks.
Retailers in the euro zone are enjoying a better time than their UK counterparts, a survey showed on Monday.
House prices in the UK fell in December for the first time since June last year, according to data from lender Halifax.
Consumer spending in the UK fell in December and 2017 was the first full year to show a decline for five years, according to credit and debit card data revealed on Monday.