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  • *Wall Street expected to open down 1.7 percent. *Hong Kong shares lead Asia equity markets lower. Wall Street was expected to open almost 2 percent lower.

  • LONDON, Feb 11- Sterling fell to a 15- month low against a basket of currencies on Thursday, diving almost 3 percent against the safe-haven yen, as nervous investors fretted about global growth and were pricing in a chance of a interest rate cut in Britain. Interest rate markets are not pricing in a Bank of England rate hike until 2020. Sterling was down 0.9 percent...

  • Other EU leaders are ready to copy David Cameron’s referendum tactics for their own “egotistic goals”, the European Council president has said. The FT reports.

  • LONDON- Bank of England deputy governors, Jon Cunliffe and Andrew Bailey, to appear at Lords committee on euro zone financial system- 1130 GMT. SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens appears before the House of Representatives' Standing Committee on Economics in his twice yearly parliamentary testimony- 2230 GMT. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve...

  • *Asahi eyes overseas expansion beer sales fall in Japan. TOKYO/ LONDON, Feb 10- Asahi Group Holdings Ltd is in exclusive talks to buy SABMiller's Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime beer brands for 2.55 billion euros, it said on Wednesday, as the Japanese company aims to offset slow growth at home. With Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime, Asahi would get sizeable footholds in the...

  • BRUSSELS— NATO and the European Union have signed an agreement to improve cooperation in cyberdefense, which NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called a concrete example of the two Brussels- based organizations joining forces to counter modern forms of hybrid warfare. The technical agreement, signed at NATO headquarters on Wednesday, establishes a...

  • EU and Britain have big differences over 'ever clo Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 9:22 AM ET

    LONDON— For Britain and the European Union, they are three little words that expose big philosophical differences: "Ever closer union." The phrase, baked into the EU's 1957 founding treaty and other key documents, remains a fault line between Britain and its European neighbors. On Tuesday, the EU's six original member nations- including Italy, Germany and France-...

  • LISBON, Feb 10- Portugal's new Socialist government will be rigorous in controlling the budget to ensure financing for the economy, aware of recent jumps in bond yields, Finance Minister Mario Centeno said on Wednesday. Portugal's 10- year bond yields hit their highest since October 2014 on Tuesday although they retreated slightly on Wednesday to around 3.52...

  • TOKYO/ BRUSSELS, Feb 10- Asahi Group Holdings Ltd has offered to buy SABMiller's Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime beer brands for 2.55 billion euros, it said on Wednesday, as the Japanese company seeks to offset slow growth at home. Asahi is Japan's biggest brewer with a 38 percent market share, but the company has sought growth outside of Japan where a shrinking...

  • LONDON, Feb 10- World-leading technology company ARM Holdings said a vote to leave the European Union by the British electorate, the so-called Brexit, would hinder its ability to employ the scientists and engineers it needs. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has promised voters an opportunity to decide whether the country should remain a member of the...

  • LISBON, Feb 10- Portugal's new Socialist government is well aware of the country's rising bond yields and will be rigorous in controlling the budget to ensure financing for the economy, Finance Minister Mario Centeno said on Wednesday. Portugal's 10- year bond yields hit their highest since October 2014 on Tuesday although they retreated slightly on...

  • BRUSSELS— Experts say almost all species in the Mediterranean are still overfished despite decades of seeing stocks dwindle— and the European Union is considering creative solutions like using drones or space technology to catch fraudulent fishermen. EU Fisheries chief Karmenu Vella said Tuesday some stocks "are on the verge of depletion.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to Feb 21 Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 7:01 PM ET

    Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry speaks at luncheon before the 2016 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference, "Pathways to Economic Opportunity," sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Community Development Financial Institutions...

  • *U.S. shale, OPEC complicate oil price recovery. PARIS/ BRUSSELS, Feb 8- Green power is cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels and will buck the trend of falling investment in oil and gas as it can offer long-term returns sheltered from political risk, investors and industry analysts say. The differences this time include the depth of uncertainty over any oil...

  • LONDON, Feb 8- Members of troubled European industries including steel and aluminium will descend on Brussels in their thousands next Monday to protest against proposed measures to give China greater access to EU markets, and call for action on subsidised Chinese imports. Industrial sector representatives fear millions more jobs will be at risk if Brussels...

  • Italian banks hit by concerns over bad loans Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 12:31 PM ET

    MILAN— Italian banking shares are getting battered this year as the government tries to bundle and dispose of billions of euros in bad loans while attempting to reform and consolidate the ailing sector. Since the start of the year, Italian banks have lost more than 35 billion euros in market capitalization as investors sold their shares amid concern about some...

  • LONDON, Feb 5- CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd has received the EU's list of objections to its takeover of Telefonica's O2, which will create Britain's biggest mobile operator and cut the number of networks to three, a person familiar with the situation said. European Union antitrust regulators launched a full investigation last October into Hutchison's 10.3...

  • London's bid to win exemption from the European Union goal of "ever closer union," preserve its financial sector from regulation by the euro zone and curb access to in-work benefits for EU migrant workers won backing from Poland as the meeting of national negotiators- or sherpas- began in Brussels. The powerful leader of Warsaw's new ruling party, Jaroslaw...

  • Under the supply deal, Europe's largest zinc smelter will ship physical zinc to Trafigura over three years, in return for a prepayment of $150 million, Nyrstar Chief Executive Bill Scotting said in an interview with Bloomberg. A spokesman for Nyrstar confirmed the Bloomberg story. A spokeswoman for Trafigura also confirmed the $150 million prepayment, but...

  • ATHENS/ SHANGHAI, Feb 5- China's COSCO is expected to make an offer for Greece's rail network after becoming the sole bidder for the country's largest port, two people familiar with the matter said, as the state owned shipping giant forges ahead with a plan to build a European transhipment hub. Bolstered by December's merger with China Shipping Group, COSCO's...