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  • *Soybeans, corn shrug off export news. *Soybeans on track for weekly loss of 12.2 percent. CHICAGO, Sept 19- U.S. wheat futures fell 2.1 percent to their lowest in more than four years on Friday, matching a similar low in Paris wheat futures, as a global supply glut overwhelmed demand and pressured prices.

  • PARIS, Sept 19- European shares trimmed their gains in afternoon trade on Friday, with traders citing mounting expectation of an imminent credit downgrade of France that pulled the Paris blue-chip index into negative territory.

  • BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Sept 19- European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe.

  • BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Sept 19- European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe.

  • At UN, Obama to urge nations to go big on climate Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Having spent political capital fighting climate change at home, President Barack Obama will turn his sights overseas next week, urging fellow heads of state to be as ambitious as possible as they negotiate a make-or-break global treaty to be finalized in Paris next year.

  • French president quizzed over domestic failures Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:58 PM ET

    Saying he was acting at the request of Iraqi authorities, Hollande's pledge of airstrikes sought to position France at the forefront of international efforts to combat Islamic extremism.

  • *Sulzer gains on mergers& acquisitions news. LONDON, Sept 18- European equities closed higher on Thursday, with a key index climbing to a two-week high after the U.S. Britain's FTSE rose 0.6 percent, Germany's DAX index gained 1.4 percent and France's CAC 40 rose 0.8 percent.

  • LONDON, Sept 18- Irish cement maker CRH is exploring a bid for all the assets rivals Lafarge and Holcim must sell to steer their mega-merger past competition watchdogs, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Bain, Onex and another limited partner form the fourth consortium, the sources said.

  • US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    PARIS— Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.

  • French group develops mass electric car charging stations Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:08 AM ET

    *Group includes Bouygues, Renault, Alstom and Nexans.

  • *Sulzer gains on mergers& acquisitions news. LONDON, Sept 18- European equities advanced on Thursday, with a key index climbing to a two-week high after the U.S. Britain's FTSE was up 0.5 percent, Germany's DAX index gained 1.2 percent and France's CAC 40 rose 0.7 percent.

  • We're finding money in places we didn't even know existed, " Danny Roderick, chief executive of Toshiba- owned nuclear reactor maker Westinghouse, told Reuters at a nuclear industry conference last week in London.

  • JERUSALEM/ RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 18- Most Palestinians have known only two leaders: Yasser Arafat, the stubble-chinned firebrand fond of chequered scarves and olive fatigues, and Mahmoud Abbas, a smooth-shaven father figure who favours Western suits and ties.

  • European shares climb to 2-week high, focus on Scotland Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    *Sulzer gains on mergers& acquisitions news. However UK shares slightly underperformed as the voting got underway in Scotland's referendum on independence, keeping investors on edge ahead of the result on Friday. Britain's FTSE was up 0.4 percent, Germany's DAX index gained 1 percent and France's CAC 40 rose 0.6 percent.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 17- Chicago Board of Trade soybeans and wheat firmed slightly on Wednesday as bargain hunters stepped into the market to provide a boost to commodities that were trending near four-year lows, traders said. "The new crop is going to overwhelm the balance tables," Matt Zeller, director of market information at INTL FCStone, said in a note to clients.

  • *Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European equities advanced in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down 0.2 percent, against a 0.4 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,385.09 points.

  • PARIS, Sept 17- Thousands of French "notaires" held what they said were their first-ever street protests in Paris and Marseille on Wednesday to challenge plans by President Francois Hollande to deregulate their activities.

  • European shares rise as Fed statement seen less hawkish Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    *Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European equities advanced in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down 0.1 percent, against a 0.5 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,386.31 points by 1405 GMT.

  • Barcelona, Spain, tops innovative cities contest Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:02 AM ET

    Barcelona was awarded 5 million euro as top finisher. Four others were awarded 1 million euros each: the metropolitan area of Kirklees, England, and the cities of Stockholm; Warsaw, Poland; and Athens, Greece.

  • Laments, long lines amid Air France pilots' strike Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    groaned Stephanie Leon, parking a palm on her forehead in distress as she walked into Charles de Gaulle airport and saw the departures board: Her Air France flight to the Dominican Republic had been cancelled.