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  • *Soybeans fall 1.5 percent, corn down 1.9 percent. CHICAGO, Sept 1- Chicago Board of Trade corn and soybean futures fell sharply on Tuesday on concerns that commodity purchases from China will slow as that country's economy softens, traders said. Soybeans snapped a three-session winning streak.

  • *Corn also eases, wheat steadies after 3- month low. Corn gave up 0.7 percent to $3.72-1/ 2 a bushel and wheat added 0.4 percent at $4.86-3/ 4 a bushel. Share prices in Asia and Europe fell while commodity markets also slid as concerns about China were reignited by surveys showing its manufacturing sector shrinking at the fastest pace in three years and its services...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-China jitters send stocks tumbling Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 | 4:40 AM ET

    *China factory activity shrinks at fastest pace in 3 years. London, Frankfurt and Paris were down 2.3 to 2.5 percent and oil was also back in the red as it cut almost $1.5 off the $10 it had leapt between Thursday and Monday, which had been its biggest three-day surge in 25 years. GDP was revised up, but the overall theme is still the weakness in China and that is very hard...

  • TOKYO, Sept 1- The number of Japanese nuclear reactors likely to restart in the next few years has halved, hit by legal challenges and worries about meeting tougher safety standards imposed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, a Reuters analysis shows. The findings are based on reactor inspection data from industry watchdog the Nuclear Regulation Authority,...

  • GRAINS-U.S. corn, soybeans, wheat post monthly loss Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 4:02 PM ET

    CHICAGO, Aug 31- Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures edged higher on Monday on a round of end-of-month short covering while wheat was mixed and corn settled close to unchanged, traders said. CBOT soft red winter wheat for December delivery ended up 1-1/ 4 cents at $4.85 a bushel on Monday, snapping a streak of four straight losses on some bargain buying after the...

  • MADRID— A huge explosion Monday at a fireworks factory in northeastern Spain killed five people and injured six others, authorities said. The injured were taken to a hospital in the nearby regional capital of Zaragoza, said Gustavo Alcalde, the central government's top Interior Ministry official for the region. The factory was purchased in January by Etienne...

  • STOCKHOLM— U.N. climate talks began anew Monday in Germany, three months before world governments are supposed to adopt a landmark deal to fight global warming. The climate pact envisioned for Paris in December will be a crucial test for the diplomatic process, which failed to deliver a strong deal six years ago in Copenhagen. U.N. officials note things look much...

  • PARIS— Some travelers trying to cross the English Channel are stranded because French workers are blockading the port of Calais. It's the latest disruption to cross-Channel traffic this summer, which has seen repeated problems with worker protests and tensions over migrants trying to sneak across to Britain. Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart tweeted that the...

  • PARIS— With more and more refugees appearing in Europe daily this summer, cities and towns are grappling with a basic but crucial problem: Where can they all sleep? Portable shipping containers are being converted into refugee apartments in Germany, which saw nearly half of Europe's overall 400,000 asylum applications in the first half of the year.

  • PARIS— European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France's interior minister said Saturday. In a statement, they floated the possibility of letting train police consult intel databases and better Europe- wide use of criminal...

  • Aug 28, Brussels-- The European Commission will launch a study in September of the ride-hailing app Uber in an effort to settle legal disputes that have pitched the U.S. start-up against conventional taxis across Europe, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Uber has responded by submitting complaints to the European Commission against German...

  • BICESTER, England— The designer outlet mall of Bicester Village is set in the English countryside near Oxford, but it might as well be in China. In the Burberry store, many try on the brand's signature trench coats, which go for at least 600 pounds after discounts. He came from Shanghai to Europe with a group of about 30 colleagues to shop and do some sight-seeing.

  • LONDON, Aug 28- Raghad al Sous braved bombings in Syria to keep studying at school before fleeing in 2013 to rejoin her mother, who had been granted refugee status in Britain. Across Europe, employers have largely welcomed a stream of young and often well-educated foreign workers who are helping to offset the ageing of the population. The situation is less clear...

  • BERLIN, Aug 28- Germany posted a record-breaking 21 billion euro surplus in the first half of 2015 but has turned a deaf ear to criticism from home and abroad that it should cut taxes or raise public spending to help alleviate pressures in the euro zone. Her party is expected use Germany's return to budget surpluses as a cornerstone of its 2017 election campaign.

  • New IEA boss faces world energy landscape in flux Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 7:50 AM ET

    *First trip as executive director will be China in September. PARIS/ BRUSSELS, Aug 28- The new head of the International Energy Agency faces dilemmas that challenge the purpose of the body set up to protect the interests of the West against the power of OPEC in the 1970 s. And major energy consumers China and India are not even members, presenting a headache for the...

  • *Bull market "ageing" but very much alive- Citi. China's central bank injected 60 billion yuan into money markets on Friday, the second such move this week, while inflation data out of Germany later on Friday is likely to set the tone for the European Central Bank's meeting next Thursday as deflationary pressures rise around the world. Although global equities are...

  • *IMF always believed Greece's debt was unsustainable. WASHINGTON/ ATHENS, Aug 28- Many of the top brass of the International Monetary Fund always had concerns about the plans to bail out Greece. He slammed IMF forecasts for Greece as overly optimistic- "Panglossian."

  • PARIS, Aug 27- French carmaker Citroen is preparing a series of model launches, brand chief Linda Jackson told Reuters, in a bid to reverse a sales slump that threatens to hamper parent Peugeot's recovery from near bankruptcy. With sales down sharply, Citroen is a blot on Peugeot's otherwise stellar rebound. Sales of Peugeot models rose 3.9 percent in January...

  • France much accelerate reforms: Lobbyist Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 2:45 AM ET
    France much accelerate reforms: Lobbyist

    Pierre Gattaz President of the French business lobby group MEDEF, says France must accelerate reforms if it hopes to attract business.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Sept 9 Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 PM ET

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development President Sir Suma Chakrabarti and prime ministers of Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Albania to attend. PARIS- European Central Bank board member Benoit Coeure speaks at the...