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  • FRANKFURT, April 24- Germany is against European Commission plans to overhaul a vehicle emissions testing scheme, Sueddeutsche Zeitung said, citing European Council documents submitted by Germany. The newspaper reported Germany has rejected an EU Commission proposal to change the way the vehicle testing authorities are funded and managed, citing...

  • BRUSSELS, April 24- European Union leaders will warn Britain it cannot assume its big financial services industry will be included in any free trade deal after Brexit, diplomats said on Monday after fixing negotiating terms in a draft document. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, who will open negotiations with the EU in June assuming she wins a snap election...

  • *Partial results put Macron and Le Pen ahead. *Defeated main rivals urge their supporters to stop Le Pen. *New surveys suggest Macron will easily beat Le Pen.

  • *Partial results put Macron and Le Pen ahead. *Defeated main rivals urge their supporters to stop Le Pen. *New surveys suggest Macron will easily beat Le Pen.

  • *Defeated main rivals urge their supporters to stop Le Pen. *New surveys suggest Macron will easily beat Le Pen. Though Macron, 39, is a comparative political novice who has never held elected office, new opinion polls on Sunday had him easily winning the final clash against the 48- year-old Le Pen.

  • *Partial results put Macron and Le Pen ahead. *Defeated main rivals urge their supporters to stop Le Pen. *New surveys suggest Macron will easily beat Le Pen.

  • *Partial results put Macron and Le Pen ahead. *Defeated main rivals urge their supporters to stop Le Pen. *New surveys suggest Macron will easily beat Le Pen.

  • BRUSSELS _ Wabco Holdings Inc. on Friday reported first-quarter net income of $80.7 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Wabco expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.55 to $6.05 per share, with revenue in the range of $2.85 billion to $2.99 billion. Wabco shares have risen 11 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • BRUSSELS, April 21- The European Union has no special plan if the two anti-EU candidates reach the final round of France's election on Sunday, diplomats said, leaving the bloc to brace itself and hope for a centrist victor. Even without a shock outcome, Brussels worries that neither of the more mainstream candidates can revive France's economy or help Germany...

  • LONDON, April 21- Sterling was flat against the dollar on Friday ahead of UK data expected to show a continued slowing in consumer spending in the lead-up to Britain's European Union exit talks. The pound surged to its highest level since October on Tuesday after Prime Minister Theresa May's call for an early general election in June, but concerns about a slowing...

  • Paper also says EU courts to hold Britain to deal. BRUSSELS, April 20- Britain will be paying off obligations to Brussels for years after Brexit, remain subject to EU courts and go on letting relatives of European immigrants settle in the UK, draft EU negotiating documents show. But in language that echoes a tough line taken by the 27 other EU leaders who will endorse...

  • BRUSSELS, April 20- Britain will be paying off obligations to Brussels for years after Brexit, remain subject to EU courts and go on letting relatives of European immigrants settle in the UK, draft EU negotiating documents show. The demands are contained in a paper, seen by Reuters on Thursday, that outlines "key elements" of directives for Michel Barnier, the EU's...

  • BRUSSELS, April 20- Argentina hopes to have an agreement on a free trade deal between the European Union and the South American Mercosur bloc by the end of the year, its foreign minister said on Thursday. The European Union and Mercosur launched trade negotiations in 1999, but they have faced multiple setbacks, partly due to more than a decade of leftist rule in...

  • LONDON, April 20- British shoppers could face an average tariff of 22 percent on food from the European Union if Prime Minister Theresa May fails to reach a trade deal with Brussels before Britain leaves in two years time, retailers said on Thursday. Nearly 80 percent of British food imports come from EU member states and if no trade agreement is struck Britain and...

  • ATHENS, April 20- The International Monetary Fund may finance Greece's current bailout programme with a small amount for one year, the country's government spokesman said on Thursday, adding that the issue was under discussion between Athens and its creditors. The fund's participation is seen as a condition for Germany to unlock new funds to Greece.

  • But markets cautiously stuck to well-worn trading ranges ahead of global risk events such as the first-round of French presidential elections at the weekend and continued tensions over North Korea. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3 percent after declining 0.5 percent in early trades. "Given the binary risk of the French...

  • BEIJING— Top diplomats from China and the European Union pledged to work together on issues including Syria and North Korea and cooperate more closely to advance free trade, striking a contrast with American economic nationalism being promoted by President Donald Trump. The statements came as China and the EU held their first high-level talks since Trump...

  • But with the outcome of the French presidential elections due at the weekend, markets are set to trade in well worn trading ranges, barring any major data surprises in Asia. "We are looking at the opportunities in Asia, particularly... equities in China and India where corporate earnings are expected to be strong this year," said Fan Cheuk Wan, head of investment...

  • HONG KONG, April 20- Asian stocks may slip for a second consecutive day on Thursday as a weak Wall Street and declining commodity prices, especially for oil, prompted investors to trim their exposure to risky assets. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.5 percent in early trades after declining nearly 1 percent on Wednesday.

  • President Donald Trump may add a visit to Saudi Arabia to a trip to Europe in May in what will be his first overseas journey since becoming president, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. Trump is already planning to attend a NATO summit in Brussels on May 25 and travel to Sicily for a Group of Seven leaders' summit scheduled for May 26-28.