Pressures placed on the job market by the financial crisis were behind a decision to "balance" the number of people coming in and leaving the country, The Times has quoted the new immigration minister, Phil Woolas, as saying.
Britain's Lewis Hamilton has won pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix and could become Formula One's youngest ever champion. His closest rival, Felipe Masse, will start in third position in what is the second-last race of the season.
At the launch of his autobiography, Chelsea striker Didier Drogba let drop that he would be glad to re-sign with the club. The player had cast doubts on his future because of the firing of the former coach Jose Mourinho.
The Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS may soon become national institutions, British media report. In a groundbreaking move, the government is expected to announce on Wednesday it will acquire a controlling stake in the embattled banks.
The opening game of the European Cup saw Sale cruise to a comfortable 32-15 victory over France's Clermont (32-15), while Paris side Stade Français returned from Ravenhill with an impressive 26-10 win over Ulster.
Frenchman Nicolas Anelka scored for Chelsea in their 2-0 victory over Aston Villa. The Blues are sharing the Premier League lead with Liverpool. The Reds, thanks to two goals and one assist of Fernando Torres, beat Manchester City.
Conservative party leader David Cameron said in a surprise speech at his party's annual conference that
he was ready to set aside party differences to help Prime Minister Gordon Brown ensure market stability during the financial crisis.