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  • Rescuers at the scene after the Bangladesh building collapse in April.

    Bangladesh urged the European Union not to take tough measures against its textile industry after a factory collapse that killed 550 people.

  • If you blinked anytime over the past month or so, you may have missed the marketcorrection that virtually everyone on Wall Street had anticipated.

  • Jim O'Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management

    Jim O'Neill ended his 18-year career at Goldman Sachs by making one last forecast.

  • A better-than-expected jobs report sent stocks soaring into record territory, relieving worst fears about the economy but still signaling that job growth has slowed.

  • Job creation accelerated in April, with the U.S. economy adding 165,000 new positions and the unemployment rate edging lower amid worries over a spring slowdown.

  • George Osborne

    The ruling Conservative party in the U.K. took a blow on Friday after the anti-European Union U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) made major gains at local elections.

  • The EU's growth forecasts are proving to be so off the mark, that the real question is whether anyone should even pay attention to them.

  • Shanghai, China

    A slow-growing developed world and worries about future U.S. bond rate action have positioned emerging markets as a go-to asset class for fund investors.

  • The bar was already low, with expectations that the jobs report will show 145,000 jobs added in April, but whisper numbers in the market suggest it may be even lower.

  • The euro zone economy will shrink by 0.4 percent this year and grow 1.2 percent next year, the European Commission said on Friday, but the recovery is expected to be too slow to reduce joblessness.

  • A former aide to Christine Lagarde has come under suspicion of attempting to influence a decision on the trajectory of the high-speed train line to prevent it from cutting through his mother's garden.

  • The euro jumped against the dollar after ECB Governing Council Member Ewald Nowotny told CNBC on Friday that the markets over-interpreted Mario Draghi's comments on negative deposit rates.

  • Royal Bank of Scotland

    U.K.-government owned Royal Bank of Scotland said it wanted to start writing the sale prospectus for investors in mid-2014 or earlier.

  • Erkki Liikanen, governor of the Bank of Finland

    European Central Bank board member Erkki Liikanen told CNBC on Friday that he agreed with the bank's decision to cut interest rates by 25 basis points and said there was no split on the governing council regarding the decision.

  • Slovenia

    Slovenia borrowed $3.5 billion on international markets on Thursday to shore up its ailing banks and stave off a bailout, bouncing back to finish an issue it had aborted two days earlier after Moody's cut its credit rating to junk.

  • Three senior executives at Royal Dutch Shell have been identified by shareholders and analysts as potential successors to Peter Voser, who announced he would be stepping down as chief executive, the FT reports.

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    France's largest bank, BNP Paribas reported a 45 percent fall in first-quarter net income on Friday and CEO Jean-Laurent Bonnafé told CNBC he is satisfied with the result.

  • French people consistently rank among Europe's most dissatisfied in surveys, despite having a higher quality of life. Researchers are trying to figure out why. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Analysts warn that the recovery in copper prices - which bounced back after suffering their biggest one-day loss in over a year on Wednesday - could struggle to sustain gains if China continues to show slowing economic momentum.

  • Despite regulatory pressure and the general negative public stigma, big American banks are doing better against their global competitors.

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