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  • NEW YORK— The families of victims of terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Israel are blaming social media companies including Facebook and Twitter for facilitating communications among terrorists. "If you or I tried to send money to Hamas, you wouldn't get around the block," said Robert Tolchin, a lawyer for the families of Brussels attack victims Alexander and...

  • BRUSSELS— European Union lawmakers have rejected a proposed blacklist of countries at risk of money laundering and terror financing because it is too limited. The EU's executive Commission has put Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Guyana, Iraq, Laos, Syria, Uganda, Vanuatu and Yemen on the list. The Bahamas was one place mentioned.

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 19- British finance minister Philip Hammond warned the European Union on Thursday that Britain would find other ways to remain competitive after Brexit if it did not strike a comprehensive trading deal with the bloc. But Hammond, who is keen to show Davos that Britain is "open for business", said while the government did not want to leave the...

  • Roland Rudd's political and business links are near unparalleled: he advised former Prime Minister Tony Blair and counts David Cameron as a friend, and his financial PR firm Finsbury represents about a quarter of FTSE 100 companies. He also heads the Open Britain group, which is campaigning for Britain to retain as close ties as possible with the European Union-...

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 18- Some senior regulators are privately raising doubts over whether politically unpopular European rules seeking to shield taxpayers from bank bailouts will ever be enforced as intended. But in the case of Monte dei Paschi, Italy used an exception built into the new rules to avoid a bail-in of senior bond and savings account holders, thereby...

  • LONDON— European Union leaders on Wednesday punctured U.K. optimism about a smooth and mutually beneficial divorce between Britain and the EU, declaring that, no matter what British Prime Theresa May thinks, Britain can't dictate the terms of the separation. EU President Donald Tusk warned Britain that it will not be able to "pick and choose" the choicest bits of...

  • LONDON, Jan 18- Britain's Brexit minister David Davis said the government had received positive responses from Brussels after Prime Minister Theresa May set out her priorities for upcoming negotiations on leaving the European Union. "Some of the other responses we got back from Brussels overnight reflected that, that this was a positive response, something...

  • *Britain to leave single market, customs union. *Cautions EU against punishing Britain. LONDON, Jan 17- Britain will quit the EU single market when it leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday in a decisive speech that set a course for a clean break with the world's largest trading bloc.

  • President-elect Donald Trump had misunderstood the Iran nuclear deal and that it was not up for renegotiation. This cannot be done, " Helga Schmid, Secretary General of the European Union's foreign policy service in Brussels, said of the deal brokered by the bloc between Iran, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China. Despite their often fraught...

  • *Britain to leave single market, customs union. *Cautions EU against punishing Britain. LONDON, Jan 17- Britain will quit the EU single market when it leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, in a decisive speech that set a course for a clean break with the world's largest trading bloc.

  • BRUSSELS— The sheer waste of food had been bothering teacher Marijke De Jongh for so long that two years ago she set up a pop-up restaurant to serve perfectly good groceries and meat that were approaching their expiry date. The European Court of Auditors on Tuesday chided the European Union's executive branch in a report, "Combating Food Waste," that decried the...

  • The Obama administration says it hopes leaders of the U.K. and European Union will engage in a process that prevents "economic disruptions." The leader of Britain's right-wing U.K. Independence Party says he is "broadly impressed" by British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on Brexit but added she isn't moving quickly enough toward exiting the country from...

  • Trump declared the NATO alliance "obsolete," praised Britain's exit from the European Union and gave his clearest hint yet that he would consider lifting financial sanctions on Moscow, which the United States and EU both imposed after Russia seized Ukraine's Crimea peninsula. He said he had already met with the head of NATO to share his concern.

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 17- European car sales rose for a third consecutive year in 2016, with all major markets recording gains, industry data showed on Tuesday. New car registrations across the European Union and European Free Trade Area increased 6.5 percent, including a 3.2 percent rise in December, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association said.

  • BRUSSELS— The sheer waste of food had been bothering teacher Marijke De Jongh for so long that two years ago she set up a pop-up restaurant to serve perfectly good groceries and meat that were approaching their expiry date. The European Court of Auditors on Tuesday chided the European Union's executive branch in a report, "Combating Food Waste," that decried the...

  • MILAN, Jan 16- Tests conducted on Fiat Chrysler vehicles show they are compliant with regulations and contain no emissions defeat devices as alleged by Germany, Italy's transport ministry said in a statement on Monday. Tensions have risen between Rome and Berlin over the issue, with German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt saying at the weekend that Fiat...

  • *NATO ministers concerned, amazed by Trump remarks on NATO. *NATO the keystone of Western defence since 1950 s. President-elect Donald Trump's comments that NATO was obsolete had aroused concern across the 28- member alliance.

  • LONDON, Jan 16- ICE robusta coffee rose to a 4-1/ 2 year high on Monday, boosted by concerns about dry weather in Brazil while London cocoa eased following a lower than expected fourth-quarter European grind. "It is very dry in Espirito Santo," he said, referring to the most important state in Brazil for robusta production. "I wouldn't expect a drop in the robusta market...

  • President-elect Donald Trump's comments that NATO was obsolete had aroused concern across the 28- member alliance. "I've spoken today not only with EU foreign ministers but NATO foreign ministers as well and can report that the signals are that there's been no easing of tensions," Steinmeier told reporters when asked about Trump's interview with Bild...

  • LONDON, Jan 16- London cocoa futures fell on Monday following a lower than expected fourth quarter European grind, while white sugar and robusta coffee edged up in thin volume with U.S. markets shut. March London cocoa was down 10 pounds, or 0.6 percent, at 1,787 pounds a tonne at 1243 GMT. Europe's fourth quarter cocoa grind fell 0.9 percent from the same period last...