Under Pressure, Barclays CEO Diamond Quits

Chief executive Bob Diamond is the latest figure ousted in a financial markets scandal at Barclays. The bank's chairman also announced his intention to resign.

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NPR's business news starts with another bye-bye at Barclays.

Barclays' CEO Bob Diamond handed in his resignation today effective immediately. It's the second major departure in as many days. Yesterday, it was the chairman of the big British bank who announced he'd be stepping down. The bank is dealing with a growing interest rate scandal. Barclays allegedly interbank lending rates to benefit its bottom line. Last week, the bank agreed to pay a fine of more than $450 million to British and U.S. authorities.

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