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  • BERLIN/ LONDON, May 5- European airports are racing to redesign terminals and offer new services to pull more passengers into their stores, in the face of online competition and militant attacks that have kept away some big-spending Asian travellers. Vienna Airport, for example, plans to expand the shopping and food area in its Terminal 2 by about 50 percent-...

  • *Prosecutors seek $2.16 bln payment upfront. RIO DE JANEIRO, May 4- Mining companies Vale SA and BHP Billiton were hit with a 155 billion-real civil lawsuit for the collapse of a dam at a mine last year that killed 19 people and caused damage that prosecutors said was comparable to BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The total damages, prosecutors said, were...

  • Neutral, mountainous and land-locked, Switzerland is torn between ties to its surrounding neighbors and preservation of an identity it fears could slip away unless it keeps outsiders at arm's length. "Switzerland has an interest in the most intense collaboration possible with the EU, but we wouldn't want to marry the EU," SVP member of parliament Roger Koeppel...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union's top court dealt a blow to the tobacco industry Wednesday by approving sweeping new rules that will require plain cigarette packs, ban menthol cigarettes and regulate the growing electronic cigarette market. Poland, which appealed the 2014 tobacco directive, seemed to accept the verdict, but said in a statement issued by the...

  • BRUSSELS— The world's biggest brewer, AB Inbev, says economic and political turmoil in Brazil hit its quarterly earnings, with sales volumes declining by 10 percent in the huge Latin American nation. The company said "our business in Brazil experienced one of its most challenging quarters in many years," and added that "we expect the economy to remain challenging"...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Commission estimates that a permanent reintroduction of border checks in Europe's passport-free travel area could cost up to 18 billion euros a year. Some EU countries, including Germany, have temporarily tightened border controls as hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict and poverty have sought asylum.

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union has launched a probe to establish whether officials in the Austrian state of Land Salzburg falsified debt and deficit figures. The EU Commission said Tuesday that it wants to find out if the misrepresentation of the "data over several years was a result of either intent or serious negligence." Spokesman Christian Wigand emphasized...

  • FRANKFURT, May 3- Pressure on ticket prices, tourist caution after attacks on European cities and cargo weakness prompted Lufthansa to cut growth plans for the year, weighing on its shares. British Airways owner IAG last week said it will offer fewer flights than initially planned this summer because people are flying less after the Brussels attacks.

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union has trimmed its economic growth forecasts for the 19 countries that share the euro amid an unpredictable global outlook marked by political uncertainty and weakness in emerging markets. That is true not only between member states like Germany and Greece, but also within countries, between the wealthy and poor, he said.

  • MILAN/ LONDON, May 2 (Reuters)- European shares edged up on Monday after sharp declines in the previous session, with German shares outperforming the broader market after a positive manufacturing survey. Trading volumes were thin as the UK market and other bourses in Europe were closed for a public holiday. Germany's DAX rose 0.8 percent after data showed factory...

  • *Greenpeace says documents show talks should be stopped. BERLIN, May 2- A sweeping free trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States would lower food safety and environmental standards, Greenpeace said on Monday, citing confidential documents from the talks. Greenpeace opposes the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

  • BRUSSELS— Talks to create a massive free trade zone between the United States and the European Union continue to be held back because of disagreements on key issues, making success under President Barack Obama's administration ever less likely. Worsening the climate was Monday's release by Greenpeace of confidential negotiating texts that the...

  • MILAN/ LONDON, May 2- European shares climbed back on Monday after sharp declines in the previous session, with German shares outperforming the broader market after a positive manufacturing survey report. Trading volumes were thin as the UK market and other bourses in Europe were closed for a public holiday. Germany's DAX rose 0.9 percent after data showed...

  • LONDON, May 2- European equities bounced back on Monday after sharp declines in the previous session, with German shares outperforming the broader market after a positive manufacturing survey report. However, trading volumes were expected to be thin as the UK market was closed for a public holiday. Germany's DAX advanced 1 percent after a survey showing German...

  • BRUSSELS— Under extra security, the Brussels Airport reopened its departure hall Sunday for the first time since deadly Islamic extremist attacks in March. Passengers on select flights started using the newly-repaired departure hall Sunday after a special ceremony presided over by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel. Brussels is back in business, "...

  • April non-farm payrolls seen up 200,000. *Euro zone Q1 growth outpaced U.S., Britain. BRUSSELS, May 1- After almost stalling in the first quarter, the U.S. economy will show whether it has got back into gear in the coming week with the monthly report on the labour market that has so far shrugged off global concerns and the strong dollar.

  • GIBRALTAR— Gibraltar's authorities have joined air-travel industry leaders in calling for the small British territory on Spain's southwestern tip to be included in the European Union's laws governing European aviation. Joseph Garcia, Gibraltar's Civil Aviation Minister, says Saturday that Gibraltar is legally entitled to inclusion "by virtue of our...

  • *Google likely to face first EU sanction in 2016- sources. BRUSSELS, April 29- Google is likely to face its first European Union antitrust sanction this year, with little prospect of it settling a test case with the bloc's regulator over its shopping service, people familiar with the matter said. Such a change of heart appears unlikely, with European Competition...

  • *Google likely to face first EU sanction in 2016- sources. BRUSSELS, April 29- Google is likely to face its first European Union antitrust sanction this year, with little prospect of it settling a test case with the bloc's regulator over its shopping service, people familiar with the matter said. Such a change of heart appears unlikely, with European Competition...

  • LONDON, April 29- New rules requiring the world's biggest banks to issue bonds that can be used to bolster capital in a crisis may be extended to the next tier of banks in the European Union, a senior EU official said on Friday. The next tier down would be domestically systemic banks which could include Britain's biggest mortgage lender Lloyds Banking Group,...