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  • BRASILIA, Aug 20- Germany and Brazil committed themselves on Thursday to a joint stance on climate change, putting the largest economies in Europe and Latin America on the same page ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December. She said Brazil is committed to reducing deforestation in the Amazon to zero by 2030.. Germany's Development Ministry will...

  • BEIJING/ WELLINGTON, Aug 21- At the upmarket Black Swan bakery in Beijing, where well-heeled customers browse rooms of glass cases displaying elaborate layered western-style cakes, Jin Yuchen is buying a birthday cake for his mother. The Black Swan bakery imports cream cheese and other dairy products from New Zealand's Fonterra, the world's largest dairy...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 20- July was the warmest month ever on record worldwide and 2015 has been so far the hottest year, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Thursday, just over three months to go before world leaders seek to reach a climate agreement in Paris. The record comes after NOAA and the U.S. space agency NASA said in January that 2014...

  • Germany and Brazil join forces on climate change action Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 2:42 PM ET

    BRASILIA, Aug 20- Germany and Brazil committed on Thursday to a joint stance on climate change, a move that puts the largest economies in Europe and Latin America on the same page ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December. Germany's Development Ministry will provide Brazil 525 million euros in loans to fund the development of renewable energy sources...

  • Climate boss says EU can only back a strong Paris deal Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 9:53 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Aug 20- The European Union will support a U.N. deal to cap global warming only if the agreement is legally binding and includes regular reviews to ensure words translate into deeds, Europe's climate boss said on Thursday. With just 10 days scheduled for formal negotiations before landmark talks begin in Paris on Nov. 30, preparations are painfully slow.

  • *Wheat holds at $5 as corn, dollar offset global supply. Soybeans also remained under pressure from concerns about the economy in China that have pushed commodity markets to multi-year lows. Chicago wheat also ticked upwards, drawing support from corn, a weaker dollar and chart support around the $5 level.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Sept 2 Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    JAKARTA, Indonesia- Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco releases text of speech of President John Williams before the Bank Indonesia-BIS Research Conference in Jakarta- 0645 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden's Riksbank holds Executive Board Meeting- 1100 GMT. BERKELEY, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on "Pensions and...

  • *Corn edges up on marginal decline in U.S. crop ratings. Corn rose to a one-week high as a marginal decline in U.S. crop ratings continued to support the market, while wheat prices were barely changed. Chicago Board of Trade November soybeans were up 0.3 percent at $9.07 a bushel at 1138 GMT with the market holding just above a two-month low of $9.01-1/ 2 a bushel set on...

  • PARIS— Paris takes in billions of euros each year from tourists, but the international vacation destination welcomed thousands of special visitors Wednesday with a spirit of giving. Thousands of children fanned out around Paris for a treasure hunt, while others played in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower or took boat tours on the Seine. They arrived in Paris on...

  • *Soybeans down on rainy weather, China demand concern. CHICAGO, Aug 18- U.S. soybean futures fell 1.5 percent on Tuesday, pressured by concerns about cooling demand from top importer China and forecasts for rain in the U.S. Corn firmed as a weekly U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed a slight decline in the crop's condition, while wheat futures declined on...

  • Corn firm on spreading, lower crop ratings. Corn firmed as a weekly U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed a slight decline in the crop's condition, while wheat futures declined on weak demand and plentiful global supplies. Chicago Board of Trade November soybeans fell 13-3/ 4 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $9.03-1/ 4 a bushel by 10:50 a.m. CDT after earlier coming...

  • PARIS— The Paris prosecutors' office says an investigation has been opened after one of the hostages in the January attacks around Paris accused some television and radio stations of having put his life in danger and sued them. Twenty people were killed, including the three attackers, in the Islamic extremist attacks around Paris that ended with police raids on...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 18- Bay-Li, Car-Li and Hay-Li have had a rough day. "Absolutely, they know they are spoiled," says owner Stephanie Patterson of Wooster, Ohio, who feeds her little canine friends Merrick-brand culinary creations. " Merrick's " French Country Cafe" recipe features a blend of duck, carrots, Yukon Gold potatoes and garden peas.

  • Paris food co-op gets American start _ during vacation Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 9:37 AM ET

    It's August in Paris, and the entire city seems to be taking a siesta— not the best time to ask Parisians to take on extra work. Residents of France since the early 2000 s, co-founders Brian Horihan and Tom Boothe launched La Louve Cooperative this summer, and the food "buyer's club" already is nearly 1,500 members strong. Other consumer cooperatives do exist in France,...

  • Muslim scholars call for climate action Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 9:33 AM ET

    The move comes two months after Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change and other environmental issues and ahead of a key U.N. climate conference in Paris in December, where world leaders are supposed to adopt a landmark agreement to fight climate change. About 60 delegates adopted the declaration at the end of the seminar, including leading clerics from...

  • *Soybeans curbed by weather, China uncertainty. *Wheat eases as big French crop adds to global supply. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Aug 18- Chicago soybeans eased on Tuesday, pressured by forecasts for rain in the U.S.

  • PARIS— France will reduce its search efforts for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after a 10- day search of the beaches and coastal waters off Reunion island in the Indian Ocean has turned up nothing new, authorities said Monday. A wing fragment found on the island last month was the first solid evidence of the fate of the plane that disappeared...

  • Europe shares knocked by disappointing U.S. data Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 10:29 AM ET

    *Alstom surges on signs that GE deal to get approval. Benchmark indexes in Paris and Milan held up relatively well, however, with shares of French industrial group Alstom outperforming on bets its takeover will be approved. Alstom shares rose 7 percent after two people familiar with the matter told Reuters that General Electric was expected to get EU approval...

  • *Deal confirming earlier provisional order signed on Sat- Airbus. NEW DELHI/ SINGAPORE, Aug 17- Indian budget airline IndiGo has finalized the purchase of 250 A320neo aircraft, Airbus said on Monday, handing the European company its biggest-ever order by number of planes in a deal worth $26.55 billion at list prices. IndiGo, which has grown rapidly to become...

  • Indian airline makes huge order for 250 Airbus jets Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 3:22 AM ET

    IndiGo, India's largest domestic airline, had signed a preliminary order last year and firmed it up Monday, Airbus said in a statement. Several Asian low-cost carriers are building up fleets amid growing demand, and both Airbus and rival Boeing Co. have been wooing Indian airline companies. The company has already taken delivery of around 100 Airbus aircraft...