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  • The "Europe" sculpture by Belgian artist May Claerhout, outside the European Parliament building in Brussels, Belgium.

    The European Union may still be celebrating Friday’s Nobel Peace Prize win, but one of its founding members is finding it very difficult to find the political unity the wider region was lauded for.

  • LONDON-- A round of figures showing China's economy is in relatively good health helped buoy markets Monday, at the start of a week that could offer greater clarity on the economic fates of Greece and Spain. After a lackluster trading session in Asia, the news on China encouraged investors in Europe.

  • BRUSSELS-- The leader of a separatist party won the race to become mayor of Antwerp, Europe's second biggest port city, and vowed Sunday to use the power base to seek wider autonomy for Belgium's wealthy Dutch-speaking region of Flanders.

  • BRUSSELS-- The leader of a separatist party has won the race to become mayor of Antwerp, Europe's second biggest port city, and vowed to use the power base to seek wider autonomy for Belgium's wealthy Dutch-speaking region of Flanders.

  • BRUSSELS-- Early results from Belgian municipal elections Sunday showed widespread gains for a separatist party that is seeking autonomy for the wealthy Dutch-speaking region of northern Flanders.

  • Then, out of the blue, after three years of back-biting and seemingly daily financial crisis, the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for fostering peace on a continent long ravaged by war.

  • Nine other euro zone states joined France and Germany-- which have strongly pushed the measure-- in approving the tax at a European Union finance ministers meeting in Brussels this week, despite vocal opposition from Britain and Sweden. After heavy diplomatic pressure from Berlin, Spain and Italy agreed to support the measure, as well as Slovakia and Estonia.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 12- The European Union provisionally approved new economic sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme on Friday, with senior diplomats giving their backing to measures against Tehran's banking sector, industry and shipping.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 12- China has expressed concerns about a potential EU investigation of telecom equipment makers Huawei and ZTE Corp over illegal subsidies, a European Commission official said on Friday.

  • *EU diplomats approve new Iran sanctions. BRUSSELS, Oct 12- The European Union provisionally approved substantial new economic sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme on Friday, with senior diplomats giving their backing to measures against Tehran's banking sector and industry.

  • By Luke Baker and John O'Donnell. It was prepared by Herman Van Rompuy, who as president of the European Council will chair a European Union summit next week.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 12- Senior European Union diplomats gave their preliminary approval to new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear progamme on Friday, including major measures against the Islamic Republic's banking sector and industry, an EU diplomat said on Friday.

  • Oct 12- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Belgian Lion N.V./ S.A., a prime RMBS transaction originated and serviced by ING Belgium N.V/S. As of August 2012, the volume of loans in arrears by three months or more stood at 34 bps of the current outstanding balance compared to 24 bps a year ago.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Oil fell towards $115 a barrel on Friday, as a prediction of a further decline in oil consumption and higher supplies offset concerns about potential output disruptions in the Middle East.

  • Set up with noble goals after the devastation of World War II, the EU to critics now appears impotent amid a debt crisis that has widened north-south divisions, threatened the euro currency and plunged several members, from Greece to Ireland to Spain, into economic turmoil.

  • BRUSSELS-- Here's how the European Union, which was given the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, and the United States compare:. EU: 4.3 million sq. kilometers. U.S.: 9.8 million sq. kilometers.

  • OSLO, Norway-- For fostering peace on a continent ravaged by war, the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

  • By Luke Baker and John O'Donnell. BRUSSELS, Oct 12- Euro zone countries should consider clubbing together to borrow as well as paying into a central budget that could be used to help struggling countries, according to a report prepared by senior European officials ahead of a meeting of leaders.

  • *Turkey- Syria tensions, lower N.Sea output support. LONDON, Oct 12- Oil fell towards $115 a barrel on Friday, as a prediction of a further decline in oil consumption and higher supplies offset concerns about potential output disruptions in the Middle East.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 12- The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:. --U.S. technology distributor Ingram Micro Inc to acquire rival BrightPoint Inc. OCT 22-- OAO VTB Bank and Corporate Commercial Bank.