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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.

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

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Here some of Tuesday's big movers on European stock markets: Cadbury Schweppes, Altana, Altadis, Alliance Boots, SABMiller, Lagardere and Swisscom.

  • Here some of Wednesday's big movers on European stock markets: Alliance Boots, WM Morrison, Sainsbury, Tesco, Volkswagen, EADS, Xstrata and Deutsche Postbank.

  • Here some of Thursday’s big movers on European stock markets: Bwin Interactive Entertainment, Sidenor, William Demant, Sacyr Vallehermoso, Pernod Ricard, Carrefour and TUI.

  • France's PPR, owner of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, said Thursday its 2006 net profit rose 28% on strong momentum in the luxury division and said trading in its retail division in the first two months of 2007 was higher than in the fourth quarter.