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  • WASHINGTON— Russia may have been behind the leak of hacked Democratic National Committee documents, President Barack Obama said Tuesday in his first public comments on the breach. Obama, who traditionally avoids commenting on active FBI investigations, broke with that protocol and noted that outside experts have blamed Russia for the leak.

  • TransCanada is behind the Energy East Pipeline project, a 4,600- kilometer pipeline, or nearly 3,000 miles, that would carry crude oil from tar sands in Western Canada to the East Coast, where it would then be shipped to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. Plans call for converting a natural gas line for part of the route and then building a new pipeline to...

  • *Vivendi confirms it now only wants 20 pct of pay TV. MILAN/ PARIS, July 26- French tycoon Vincent Bollore has backed away from a deal to buy the pay-TV business of Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset in an unexpected move that the Italian broadcaster's biggest shareholder said could lead to a full takeover. Fininvest, the Berlusconi holding company that owns 35 percent...

  • MILAN, July 26- Vivendi has backed away from a deal to buy the pay-TV business of Mediaset in an unexpected move the Italian broadcaster's biggest shareholder said could mean that a full takeover was on the agenda. Mediaset, controlled by the family of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, said on Tuesday Vivendi had proposed an alternative...

  • PARIS/ SINGAPORE, July 26- Chicago soybeans ticked higher on Tuesday, supported by an easing dollar, but held close to an earlier three-month low as a U.S. government report confirmed favourable crop conditions. Chicago wheat fell to break a three-day rally, pressured by a pullback in European wheat futures after a surge last week on deteriorating harvest...

  • WASHINGTON, July 25- The U.S. The endangerment finding triggers the EPA to start a rule- making process for a greenhouse gas emission standard for aircraft. The EPA said the standard would be "at least as stringent" as one developed by the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization.

  • SINGAPORE/ PARIS, July 25- Chicago wheat prices rose on Monday on growing concern that the size of the crop in the European Union, the world's largest exporter of the cereal, could be lower than expected, pulling up corn in their wake. The Chicago Board of Trade most-active wheat contract was 1.7 percent higher at $4.32-1/ 2 a bushel by 1031 GMT, after falling in the...

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- Recent attacks on civilians in the U.S. and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community's efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials told Reuters. They included the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida; the murder of a...

  • PARIS— French President Francois Hollande will reassess security measures once a week all summer amid fears of new violence after a deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice, and heightened French security checks were causing severe delays Saturday for those trying to cross the English Channel. French investigators are still trying to determine whether the...

  • CHICAGO, July 22- U.S. soybean futures fell 2.3 percent to a three-month low on Friday as the weather forecast for August reinforced expectations that the crop developing in the U.S. Chicago Board of Trade November soybean futures settled down 24-1/ 4 cents at $9.88-1/ 4 a bushel. CBOT December corn rose 1 cent to close at $3.41-1/ 4 a bushel.

  • PARIS— Here are the key events in the financial scandal and investigation that Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, will stand trial for. March 20, 2013: Lagarde's Paris home is searched by police. Feb 17, 2015: Paris court of appeal overturns 2008 decision to pay the 400 million euros to Tapie.

  • PARIS— France's top court has ruled that International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde must stand trial in France over a 2008 arbitration ruling that handed 400 million euros to a politically-connected business magnate. France's Court of Cassation on Friday rejected the appeal. Lagarde lawyer Patrick Maisonneuve expressed disappointment at the...

  • Truck driver has been planning Nice attack for months

    A French prosecutor says the driver received help from at least five people between the ages of 22 and 40.

  • PARIS— Top French court: IMF chief Lagarde must stand trial over role in 400- million-euro arbitration deal.

  • People lay flowers in the street of Nice to pay tribute to the victims the day after a gunman smashed a truck into a crowd of revellers celebrating Bastille Day, killing at least 84 people, on July 15, 2016.

    A truck driver who killed dozens in Nice, France, had been planning the attack for months and had at least five accomplices, NBC News reports.

  • CHICAGO, July 21- U.S. corn futures fell for the third day in a row on Thursday, with good weather for crop development in the U.S. "Right now they are focusing on mostly normal temperatures after this heat rolls through, which is only going to last two to three days," said Jim Gerlach, president of A/C Trading in Fowler, Indiana. Chicago Board of Trade December corn futures...

  • COLOMBO, July 21- Sri Lanka's cash-strapped national airline is in talks to lease four of its Airbus A330 planes to Pakistan International Airlines Corp, a government minister said on Thursday, months after cancelling an order for four Airbus A350 aircraft. State-owned SriLankan Airlines aims to reduce its debt and is looking for an international partner to...

  • COLOMBO, July 21- Sri Lanka's cash-strapped national airline is in talks to lease four of its Airbus A330 planes to Pakistan International Airlines Corp, a government minister said on Thursday, months after cancelling an order for four Airbus A350 aircraft. "A team from the airline is in Pakistan for negotiations. We will lease one A330, latest next month, on wet...

  • PARIS, July 21- PSA Group unveiled a second Iranian manufacturing deal on Thursday as the French carmaker seeks to reclaim the leading position it once enjoyed in the Middle East's biggest auto market, until U.S.-led sanctions forced its withdrawal. The Paris- based carmaker struck a framework deal with Iranian counterpart SAIPA to invest 300 million euros in...

  • PARIS, July 21- French carmaker PSA Group said on Thursday it had signed a framework deal with Iranian counterpart SAIPA to produce and sell vehicles for its Citroen brand in the country. Under the agreement, to be finalised by the end of 2016, Citroen and its Iranian partner will invest 300 million euros over five years in manufacturing, research and development,...