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  • A French-built high-speed train has broken the world speed record on rail: With a 25,000 horsepower engine and special wheels, the train hit a speed of more than 357 mph. The train’s performance was close -- but was not as fast as the Japanese maglev (magnetic) train that reached 361 mph in 2003. CNBC’s Phil Lebeau joined Erin Burnett on "Street Signs" to discuss why the U.S. can’t -- or won't -- do the same thing.

  • Shares of Italy’s Pirelli soared to 9.67% Monday morning after it revealed late Sunday that it was in talks with U.S. telecom giant AT&T and its Mexican affiliate America Movil to sell two-thirds of its 80% stake in holding company Olimpia for 2.82 euros a share less debt.

  • Shares of caterer Compass Group gained 5.78% in midday London trading Thursday after it reported that trading in the first 5 months of the year has been ahead of its expectations and the sale of its European vending business is progressing.

  • Strikers at France's Fos Lavera oil hub are meeting port and Gaz de France officials on Thursday in a fresh bid to find a way out of a 16-day strike threatening fuel supplies to motorists and exports to U.S. markets.

  • Here are some of Wednesday’s big movers on European stock markets: Bauer, Vallourec, Aberdeen Asset Management, Next, Total, Beneteau, Lufthansa, TNT, Technical Olympic and Siemens

  • Here are some of Tuesday’s big movers on European stock markets

  • 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.

  • 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, 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.

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    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.

  • 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

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

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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