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  • BRUSSELS, April 28- Greece and its international lenders are close to a deal on a package of bailout reforms and are working to agree further contingency steps by May 9 when an extraordinary meeting of euro zone finance ministers will be held in Brussels, EU officials said on Thursday. Talks between Greece and its lenders have almost reached a conclusion on...

  • *Germany says "America first" is no answer to post-Cold War world. LONDON, April 28- Donald Trump's first major foreign policy address alarmed American allies, who view the Republican front runner's repeated invocation of an "America first" agenda as a threat to retreat from the world. "I can only hope that the election campaign in the USA does not lack the perception...

  • LONDON, April 28- Everyone's talking about Chinese speculators. Both the Shanghai Futures Exchange and the Dalian Exchange are upping margin requirements and transaction fees to try and calm overheating contracts such as steel rebar and iron ore. But the current trading frenzy shouldn't distract from the growing global influence of China's domestic...

  • ATHENS, Greece— The European Union's executive says its senior negotiators in Greece's bailout talks are returning to Brussels, but work on completing the negotiations is continuing. EU Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva says "important progress" has been made so far in the talks in Athens, which hit a severe snag Tuesday over how to ensure that Greece...

  • HONG KONG— A unit of Chinese conglomerate HNA Group has agreed to buy Carlson Hotels, which owns brands including Radisson and Country Inns and Suites, the latest in a flurry of overseas investments by Chinese companies. Other deals this year include Haier Group's acquisition of General Electric's home appliance business, conglomerate Wanda Group's...

  • Greece and its creditors— its European partners and the International Monetary Fund— have been struggling to agree on the reforms and cutbacks the country must make to pass the first review of its bailout program, which was originally scheduled for last October. But now it looks as if the impasse could severely delay the review, which Greece needs before it can...

  • BRUSSELS, April 26- Euro zone finance ministers will not meet on Thursday and need more time to discuss Greek reforms that would unlock new loans, signaling significant differences remain between Athens and its lenders on bailout targets. The meeting was a possibility because Athens and its EU/IMF lenders aimed to reach an agreement this week on reforms...

  • BRUSSELS— The head of the grouping of the 19 euro countries has decided against calling for a special meeting of the countries' finance ministers on Thursday to discuss the Greek bailout due to lack of progress in talks between international creditors and the government in Athens. The spokesman for eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem tweeted late Tuesday "...

  • Prosecutors say this data and material allegedly supplied by a second former PwC employee, Raphael Halet, was used in the' LuxLeaks' revelations of November 2014 by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. "It's thanks to him that we've been able to put an end to the opacity that prevented European countries from fully knowing the tax status...

  • Prosecutors say this data, as well as material allegedly supplied by a second former PwC employee, Raphael Halet, was later used in the' LuxLeaks' revelations of November 2014 by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The consortium's LuxLeaks reports prompted accusations that Luxembourg had conspired with multinational companies to...

  • LUXEMBOURG, April 26- A man accused of leaking information exposing Luxembourg's tax deals with multinational companies only had access to the confidential documents because of a security glitch, a court heard on the opening day of the "LuxLeaks" trial on Tuesday. Prosecutors say this data, as well as material allegedly supplied by a second former PwC employee,...

  • TIRANA, Albania— Albania's prime minister said he has been surprised that supporters of a British exit from the European Union would want to join his country in a small trading bloc of non-EU countries. Albania, a full NATO member since 2009, expects to launch EU membership negotiations this year after getting candidate status two years ago.

  • PARIS— A French rail strike has seriously disrupted train service around the country, canceling a slew of train routes and snarling commutes for hundreds of thousands in Paris and in the provinces. Eurostar says its services linking London with Brussels, France and other cities are unaffected. Thalys, which runs trains between France, Belgium and Germany, told...

  • *Deployment increases U.S. forces in Syria sixfold to 300. HANOVER, Germany, April 25- President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since its civil war began, but the move was unlikely to mollify Arab allies angry over Washington's cautious approach to the conflict. The deployment of up to 250 Special Forces...

  • *Deployment increases U.S. forces in Syria six-fold to 300. HANOVER, Germany, April 25- President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since its civil war began, but the move was unlikely to mollify Arab allies angry over Washington's cautious approach to the conflict. The deployment of up to 250 Special Forces...

  • President Barack Obama upset the "Out" campaign last week when he told British voters that Britain would go to the "back of the queue" in trade talks with the United States if it left the EU. Campaigners who want Britain out of the EU have suggested various options for its trade arrangements. That could be tough given that 44 percent of Britain's exports go to the EU...

  • LONDON/ BRUSSELS, April 25- The European Union's investment arm is to lend Britain 1 billion pounds to help build more social housing, it said on Monday, its largest ever support for such programmes within Europe. The European Investment Bank denied an accusation by campaigners wanting Britons to vote to leave the EU in the national referendum in June that it was...

  • April 25- The attackers who stole $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank probably hacked into software from the SWIFT financial platform that is at the heart of the global financial system, said security researchers at British defense contractor BAE Systems. The software update and warning from Brussels- based SWIFT, or the Society for Worldwide...

  • BERLIN— When President Barack Obama opens the world's largest industrial fair in the northern German city of Hannover on Sunday, he'll be leading a delegation of American companies hoping to conquer new markets abroad. Officials in Washington and Brussels are trying to clinch key parts of the deal before the end of the year, after which a new U.S. president and...

  • *Greece, lenders close to deal on reforms to produce 3 pct/ GDP savings. *Lenders ask Greece to prepare contingency reforms for savings of 2 pct/ GDP. AMSTERDAM, April 22- International lenders asked Greece on Friday to prepare a package of additional savings measures which would be passed into law now, but implemented only if needed, to make sure the country reaches...