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  • French drug maker Sanofi Aventis’ board is split over whether to acquire U.S. pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb in a deal that could be worth $54 billion, London newspaper The Times reported.

  • Alcatel-Lucent, Verizon Sign $6 Billion Deal Monday, 26 Mar 2007 | 10:58 AM ET

    Telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent signed a $6 billion (4.52 billion euro) contract with Verizon Wireless on Monday to help the U.S.-based mobile phone service provider expand its network and offer new services.

  • Here some of Friday's big movers on European stock markets

  • AXA to Buy Half of Monte dei Paschi Insurance Unit Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 8:18 AM ET

    AXA, France's largest insurer, said Friday it agreed to buy half of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena's insurance and pensions unit for 1.15 billion euros ($1.54 billion) in cash.

  • Total's CEO Charged in Iran Probe Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 3:49 AM ET

    An investigating judge filed preliminary charges Thursday against the chief executive of Total in a corruption case linked to a 1997 contract with Iran, the company and judicial officials said.

  • Total CEO Held for a Second Day of Questioning Thursday, 22 Mar 2007 | 8:43 AM ET

    The chief executive of oil company Total was held for a second day of questioning Thursday in an investigation into the group's activities in Iran, while two other executives were released with no charges filed, the company said.

  • Here are some of Thursday's big movers on European stock markets

  • European Stocks to Watch Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | 11:19 AM ET

    Here some of Wednesday's big movers on European stock markets: Michaniki, Hammerson, Iberia, Technical Olympic, Intercell and Carrefour.

  • Police Question Total CEO in Iran Corruption Probe Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | 7:23 AM ET

    The head of oil group Total, France's biggest listed company, is being questioned by police in a probe into alleged corruption in Iran, a spokesman for the company said on Wednesday.

  • Celebrating the Grand Alliance Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 | 7:15 AM ET

    We are on the verge of marking the 50th anniversary of the European Union -- taking as its birth the Treaty of Rome -- and politicians will spend this weekend in Berlin toasting the treaty.

  • Airbus A380s Set to Land in New York and Los Angeles Monday, 19 Mar 2007 | 10:13 AM ET

    The world's largest passenger plane makes its debut in the United States Monday, as two of Airbus' A380 superjumbos head for simultaneous landings in New York and Los Angeles.

  • Reliance Eyes Sainsbury, Carrefour Stakes: FT Sunday, 18 Mar 2007 | 10:52 AM ET

    India's Reliance Industries is considering buying stakes in British supermarket group J. Sainsbury or French retailer Carrefour, the Financial Times newspaper said on Saturday.

  • Altria Reportedly Monitoring Imperial Bid for Altadis Sunday, 18 Mar 2007 | 10:23 AM ET

    Britain's Imperial Tobacco will continue to push for a deal to acquire Franco-Spanish tobacco company Altadis, which rejected an offer of 45 euros ($59) a share.

  • European Stocks to Watch Friday, 16 Mar 2007 | 11:37 AM ET

    Here some of Friday's big movers on European stock markets: Boehler-Uddeholm, Verbund, Thomson, Bekaert, Imperial Tobacco, Unilever, TUI, Dexia and Pirelli.

  • European Stocks to Watch Thursday, 15 Mar 2007 | 10:34 AM ET

    Here some of Thurday's big movers on European stock markets: Altadis, Imperial Tobacco, Pirelli, Cap Gemini, Swedish Match, Omega Pharma and AstraZeneca.

  • Vivendi Offers Big Divestitures in BMG Deal Thursday, 15 Mar 2007 | 7:23 AM ET

    Vivendi's Universal Music has offered major sell-offs to win Brussels' approval for its purchase of BMG Music Publishing, creating the world's largest music publisher, a source familiar with the case said.

  • Reliance Eyes 13% Carrefour Stake Thursday, 15 Mar 2007 | 3:33 AM ET

    Reliance Industries is considering buying a 13% stake in France's Carrefour, the world's second-largest retailer by sales, in a move that would catapult India's largest private-sector group into the ranks of the world's top retailers, according to a report in the Financial Times.

  • European Stocks to Watch Wednesday, 14 Mar 2007 | 12:36 PM ET

    Here some of Wednesday's big movers on European stock markets: Kingfisher, Carrefour, J. Sainsbury, HBOS, RBS, Deutsche Bank, SEB, Skanska and Holcim.

  • Lower food prices helped to subdue French inflation in February, offsetting higher charges for services and manufactured goods, while the Bank of France raised its growth forecast for the first quarter.

  • French outdoor advertising company JCDecaux is interested in buying assets of the outdoor advertising business of U.S. media giants Clear Channel and CBS.