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  • BRUSSELS— The European Union approved the proposed merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont on Monday, declaring itself satisfied with commitments the companies have made to divest businesses. Both plan to join in a $62 billion deal and then break apart into three separate, publicly traded companies. Part of Dow's petrochemical business also will be sold—...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union's presidency says people's privacy must be protected following British calls for police access to encrypted messages in case of attacks. Maltese Interior Minister Carmelo Abela said Monday "there is a fine line here. London attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that can't be accessed because it was encrypted.

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump thought he had a deal. He'd been greeted with a standing ovation— one of his favorite measures of success— when he entered the Roosevelt Room on Thursday to meet with members of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus. Paul Gosar, R- Ariz., said of the president's message to lawmakers.

  • BRUSSELS, March 24- EU veterinary experts recommended reinforced checks on imports of meat from Brazil on Friday after an investigation began there into bribery of food inspectors. The European Commission said on Monday it would block meat shipments from processing plants under investigation and that all consignments from them en route to Europe would be...

  • *Critics fear Nord Stream 2 will increase Gazprom's dominance. The bloc is divided between eastern European and Baltic Sea countries that see a new pipeline carrying Russian gas across the Baltic making the EU a hostage to Moscow- and those in northern Europe, most especially the main beneficiary Germany, for whom the economic benefits take priority.

  • LISBON, March 24- Portugal slashed its budget deficit last year by more than half to 2.1 percent of gross domestic product, the lowest level since its return to democracy in 1974 and beating the 2.5 percent target agreed with Brussels. Official data showed on Friday the budget gap ended for the first time below the European Union's 3 percent threshold,...

  • LISBON, March 24- Portugal slashed its budget deficit last year by more than half to 2.1 percent of gross domestic product, the lowest level since its return to democracy in 1974 and beating the 2.5 percent target agreed with Brussels. Official data showed on Friday the budget gap ended for the first time below the European Union's 3 percent threshold,...

  • ATHENS, March 24- Greece will support a declaration marking the European Union's 60th birthday but needs the bloc's backing against International Monetary Fund demands on labour reforms, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said ahead of an EU Summit in Rome. "Nevertheless, in order to be able to celebrate these achievements, it has to be made clear, on an official...

  • ATHENS, March 24- Greece will support a declaration marking the European Union's 60th birthday but needs the bloc's backing against International Monetary Fund demands on labor reforms, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said ahead of an EU Summit in Rome. "Nevertheless, in order to be able to celebrate these achievements, it has to be made clear, on an official...

  • *France, Germany and euro zone heading for first quarter growth. LONDON, March 24- If the latest surveys of business intentions are to be believed, the euro zone economy is sparkling, growing at a pace that easily explains the hints from some European Central Bank policymakers of a pull-back from their easy-money regime. At the same time, flash surveys for the...

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    Amazon.com won a more than $1.5 billion tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over transactions involving a Luxembourg unit more than a decade ago.

  • BRASILIA, March 23- The European Union has asked Brazil to voluntarily suspend all shipments of meat to its member countries to avoid imposing a ban that would take time to lift, but the Brazilian government has not agreed, EU diplomats in Brasilia told Reuters on Thursday. EU ambassadors have been seeking more information on the irregularities discovered in...

  • March 23- Amazon.com Inc on Thursday won a more than $1.5 billion tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over transactions involving a Luxembourg unit more than a decade ago. Tax Court rejected a variety of IRS arguments, and found that on several occasions the agency abused its discretion, or acted arbitrarily or capriciously. Lauber's decision "should...

  • BRASILIA, March 23- The European Union has asked Brazil to voluntarily suspend all shipments of meat to its member countries to avoid imposing a ban that would take time to lift, but the Brazilian government has not agreed, EU diplomats in Brasilia told Reuters on Thursday. EU ambassadors have been seeking more information on the irregularities discovered in...

  • WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Deputy Director for Division of Bank Supervision and Regulation Maryann Hunter will attend American Bankers Association's Government Relations Summit- 1145 GMT. FRANKFURT- French Central Bank Chief Francois Villeroy de Galhau and other top European finance officials speak in Frankfurt. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank...

  • BRUSSELS, March 23- The European Commission could introduce EU passporting and lower regulatory requirements for financial technology firms, moves that could undercut London's leading position in "fintech" as Britain gets ready to leave the European Union. The EU executive's vice president Valdis Dombrovskis said on Thursday that the Commission is...

  • Police patrol across Westminster Bridge toward the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 23, 2017 after the bridge reopened to traffic following its closure during the March 22 terror attack.

    More than 90 percent of the capital's police officers carry out their daily duties without a gun.

  • LONDON, March 23- The European Union's system for granting market access to banks from outside the bloc will not work for a financial centre as big as Britain's, a top European regulator said on Thursday. Gerard Rameix, chairman of France's AMF markets watchdog, said the "equivalence" regime- whereby Brussels grants market access to firms from non-EU countries...

  • LONDON, March 23- Financial markets have typically reacted only briefly in the past 15 years to terror attacks such as that on Britain's parliament on Wednesday-- mainly because these events rarely have a major impact on the economy or economic policy settings. Sterling fell immediately after reports of shooting outside the parliament in London, but quickly...

  • ROME, March 23- European leaders hope to paper over simmering disputes when they meet in Rome on Saturday to celebrate 60 years of union, but with Britain filing for divorce next week, the mood will be sombre and unity under strain. Theresa May, who next Wednesday will launch a two-year countdown to Brexit, will be conspicuous by her absence in Rome, as the other 27 EU...