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  • *Deployment increases U.S. forces in Syria sixfold to 300. HANOVER, Germany, April 25- President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since its civil war began, but the move was unlikely to mollify Arab allies angry over Washington's cautious approach to the conflict. The deployment of up to 250 Special Forces...

  • Treasury Under Secretary Nathan Sheets participates in "U.S.- China Economic Engagement in 2016: A Conversation on China" before the 7th Annual China Business Conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce- 2130 GMT. NEW YORK- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz gives a speech to the Investment Industry Association of Canada and Securities Industry and...

  • *Deployment increases U.S. forces in Syria six-fold to 300. HANOVER, Germany, April 25- President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since its civil war began, but the move was unlikely to mollify Arab allies angry over Washington's cautious approach to the conflict. The deployment of up to 250 Special Forces...

  • CHICAGO, April 25- U.S. corn futures rose 2 percent on Monday, supported by concerns that rain around the U.S. "We are going to be slowing down planting this week, as three separate systems of rain are due to course across the face of the Midwest, bringing 1 to 3 inches of rain this week," Charlie Sernatinger, global head of grain futures at ED&F Man Capital, said in a note to...

  • PARIS— France's finance minister has called on Panama to provide "total transparency" regarding exchange of tax information. "Transparency must concern previous and future requests, including those linked to the Panama Papers information", Michel Sapin said in a written statement following a meeting with his Panamanian counterpart, Dulcidio de la Guardia,...

  • Giving a speech on the environment at the Elysee palace, Francois Hollande said he will publish a decree to start closing the nuclear plant of Fessenheim, located in east of France near the German border. The German government earlier this month called on France to shut down the Fessenheim plant as soon as possible. France passed a law last year to reduce the...

  • PARIS— France's six rail unions have issued a joint call for a one-day strike that is set to disrupt local and national train traffic, but not international lines. State railway company SNCF is warning that only half of the local trains in the Paris region and half of the TGV high-speed trains are expected to run on Tuesday. The Paris Metro subway system is not...

  • President Barack Obama upset the "Out" campaign last week when he told British voters that Britain would go to the "back of the queue" in trade talks with the United States if it left the EU. Campaigners who want Britain out of the EU have suggested various options for its trade arrangements. That could be tough given that 44 percent of Britain's exports go to the EU...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Already home to the world's biggest skyscraper, Dubai has another tall order to fill: By 2030, its leader wants 25 percent of all trips on its roads to be done by driverless vehicles. And Dubai already is home to a driverless Metro rail system, which carried 178 million riders in 2015.. "Today, we lay down a clear strategy with specific goals...

  • BEIJING, April 25- China's government said on Monday that it would strictly control the total capacity of its coal-fired power sector, confirming a move that had previously been flagged by the country's energy watchdog. Beijing will halt the construction of new coal-fired power plants until 2018 in 15 regions even for projects that have already been approved,...

  • *GRAPHIC: property prices in Germany's biggest cities- http://tmsnrt.rs/1T1guAk. BERLIN, April 24- Unlike his parents who rented their whole life, Berlin resident Sebastian lives in his own apartment and is considering buying a second property in the German capital as an investment to top up his pension one day. This shift to a more U.S. or British approach to...

  • PARIS— France's economy minister has confirmed the government supports French energy company EDF's nuclear power plant project in southwest England. Some of them have expressed concerns about the financing of the 24 billion euro project. The Hinkley Point nuclear power plant could ultimately produce 7 percent of British electricity and create 25,000...

  • *Obama ends London trip with last call on UK to stay in EU. LONDON, April 24- Britain could have to wait a decade for a free trade deal with the United States if it votes to leave the European Union, U.S. That added to his warning on Friday that Britain would find itself at "the back of the queue" for a new trade deal with the United States if it departed the EU.

  • OBAMA SAYS WILL USE LAST NINE MONTHS IN OFFICE TO PUT PARIS CLIMATE TALKS INTO EFFECT- BBC.

  • PARIS— Overnight clashes between French police and about 100 people have led to 12 arrests in eastern Paris. The Paris police said the clashes took place from Friday night to early Saturday around the Place de la Republique on the sidelines of the "Night Rising" protest movement. The square in eastern Paris became a symbolic gathering place after last year's...

  • OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN— A solar-powered plane's flight across the Pacific Ocean was going smoothly as it gets closer to a stop in Northern California. It was expected to arrive in the San Francisco Bay area by Saturday evening. The aircraft started its around-the-world journey in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and made stops in...

  • NEW YORK, April 22- The United States is not opposed to foreign banks doing business with Iran in line with the terms of last year's historic nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, U.S. "The United States is not standing in the way, and will not stand in the way, of business that is permitted in Iran since the took effect," Kerry told reporters before meeting with...

  • *State to subscribe to 3 bln euros worth of 4 bln-euro share issue. PARIS, April 22- French state-controlled utility EDF has secured a new government-backed multi billion-euro financing package, it announced on Friday, ahead of making the final investment decision on its Hinkley Point nuclear power plant project in Britain. Separately, the government said it...

  • *Bloomberg reported Safran considering whether to bid. PARIS, April 22- Shares in Zodiac Aerospace surged on Friday following a report of a potential bid from Safran that would shake up French aerospace, though a source close to Safran said it was "not on the agenda". Zodiac shares ended up 11 percent at 21.195 euros, valuing the Paris- based company at 5.8 billion...

  • CHICAGO, April 22- U.S. wheat, soybeans and corn fell sharply on Friday as investors locked in profits after huge gains earlier this week, and extended weather outlooks were seen as beneficial for crops. CBOT July wheat eased 12-1/ 4 cents to $4.91-1/ 4 per bushel and CBOT July corn was off 5-1/ 2 cents to $3.84-1/ 4. Light weekend showers were predicted in Argentina...