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  • Calais is a key port for sea and land crossings to Britain. In recent months, thousands of migrants from Eritrea, Sudan and beyond have camped out around the city, and some try to sneak across the English Channel by getting onboard trucks and freight trains. The encampments have soured relations between Britain and France, which blame each other for failing to cope...

  • *Zurich spokesman says RSA would complement business. *RSA says has received no proposal from Zurich. *Zurich shares down 1.8 pct, RSA up 18 pct.

  • French state-controlled Nexter Systems and privately-held Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH& Co KG of Germany have been in exclusive tie-up talks for more than a year. One apparent sticking point had been the reported preference of German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel for an all-German merger of KMW with automotive and defense group Rheinmetall designed to...

  • *Corn flat amid improving crop conditions. WINNIPEG, Manitoba, July 28- Chicago soybean and wheat futures bounced on Tuesday, rising on bargain-buying and short-covering after recent lows, while corn was steady. The USDA said 62 percent of the U.S. soybean crop was in good to excellent condition, same as last week but below the previous year's 71 percent.

  • PARIS— Over the past week, French farmers have used tractors to block the border with Germany and chucked foreign vegetables off trucks in protest of cheap imports. They are protesting increasingly slim margins they blame on cheap imports and high social charges, which they say make them unable to compete against Germany, much less Eastern Europe.

  • *Wheat, soybeans up after deep losses. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, July 28- Chicago corn futures slid for a third consecutive session on Tuesday to a one-month low with pressure from ideal weather across the U.S. Wheat rose following a drop to one-month lows on Monday while soybeans firmed after shedding nearly 6 percent over the last three sessions.

  • PARIS, July 28- French and German armoured vehicle makers Nexter and KMW are to seal their long-planned merger on Wednesday, the French defence ministry said, combining the Leclerc and Leopard tank brands to compete with the U.S.-made Abrams and Britain's Challenger. The merged company will be 50 percent owned by the French government through GIAT Industries...

  • HONG KONG, July 28- Asian stocks rose from the day's lows on Tuesday as Chinese shares see-sawed after Beijing scrambled to prop them up while some investors took shelter from market volatility in safe-haven assets such as government bonds and the Japanese yen. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3 percent on the day after...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.8 percent in early deals, its lowest level since July 9 as mainland Chinese indexes opened 2- 5 percent lower. Since hitting a peak in early June, Chinese shares have gone through a roller-coaster ride with main China indexes falling by a third in less than a month before rebounding by a quarter,...

  • *Asia drops after Monday's freefall in China shares. The dollar was under pressure as China jitters spurred flows into havens such as the yen, while commodities including oil and copper wilted amid fears of a collapse in demand from China. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent.

  • Google, Apple, Goldman Sachs and 10 other well-known companies joined the White House in launching the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, a campaign that the White House said would inject $140 billion in low-carbon investments into the global economy. Mindy Lubber, president of environmental investor group Ceres, applauded the announcements but said...

  • Shanghai market records biggest daily loss since 2007. Wall Street was down on worries over China's slowing growth, crystallized by a stunning 8.5 percent fall in shares in Shanghai that also rattled equity markets in Europe and Asia. China's top securities regulator quickly said the government would continue to buy shares to stabilize the stock market as an...

  • European shares close sharply lower on China concerns Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 12:28 PM ET

    *China- exposed stocks among top decliners. LONDON, July 27- European equities dropped to a two-week low on Monday, recording their fifth straight daily decline, as fears for China's growth prospects overshadowed some forecast-beating results. But shares fell further following a weaker start on Wall Street on concerns that China's growth prospects were...

  • BRUSSELS/ ATHENS, July 27- International creditors want Greece to enact a third wave of politically sensitive reforms before they will release any money to keep the near bankrupt country afloat under a third bailout they began negotiating on Monday. The government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has pushed two packages of measures through parliament this...

  • Wall Street opened lower on worries over China's slowing growth, crystallized by a stunning 8.5 percent fall in Shanghai that also rattled equity markets in Europe and Asia. Share indices in Frankfurt and Paris tumbled more than 2 percent, while London's FTSE 100 was off nearly 1 percent. Japan's Nikkei slipped nearly 1 percent, while MSCI's broadest index of...

  • BRUSSELS, July 27- In early 2013, President Barack Obama's call for a U.S.-EU trade deal generated such optimism in Europe that the graffiti "NO TAFTA, NO TTIP" scrawled under a bridge near the EU headquarters in Brussels was an isolated message of dissent. More than two years on, with the graffiti still there, European officials are ruing their failure to spot early...

  • The helicopters also startled swimmers and fishermen enjoying the beaches of the lake in eastern France. "As soon as they contacted us, we realized there was a communication problem and we immediately stopped," Denis Froidevaux, a Swiss military official, told the Swiss newspaper Le Matin, whose headline Monday read "No, Switzerland is not stealing water from...

  • Orders for US durable goods jump 3.4 percent in June Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods posted a sizable gain in June, but the advance was fueled by higher demand for commercial aircraft. Orders for durable goods jumped 3.4 percent in June from May, when orders had fallen 2.1 percent, the Commerce Department reported Monday. However, the jump was driven by aircraft orders booked...

  • NEW YORK, July 27- When Stan Calow was growing up, frugality was a way of life: "You spend as little as you need to, and then save everything else." So, the 58- year-old engineer and U.S. Army veteran from Kansas City, Missouri always hated spending money. Calow and his wife just returned from a trip to France, touring the chateaux of the Loire Valley, just like they had always...

  • BRUSSELS/ ATHENS, July 27- Talks between Greece and its international creditors on a third bailout began in Athens on Monday but the lenders want to see more reforms turned into law before they disburse the first loans to keep the near-bankrupt country afloat. The government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has pushed two packages of measures through...