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  • The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 45 countries, was up 0.3 percent by 0821 GMT. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan surged 1.2 percent overnight as an upbeat survey of U.S. consumer sentiment on Friday brought some calm to markets after a week of turbulence. The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan index of consumer...

  • Germany's tax take still rising as growth cools Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    BERLIN— New data show that the German government's tax receipts are still rising as Berlin faces cooling growth prospects at home and pressure from abroad to increase spending. Monday's monthly Finance Ministry report showed the government's September tax income up 4.7 percent compared with a year earlier, at 57.3 billion euros. Paris, under pressure to trim...

  • *ECB unveils stress test results Oct 26. LONDON, Oct 19- When Europe announced its latest health check of top banks early last year it promised a "comprehensive assessment" of how well prepared they were to withstand another financial crisis. A series of Reuters interviews with officials, bankers and others involved in the European Central Bank's financial...

  • Belgium's main airport to begin Ebola screening Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 1:05 PM ET

    PARIS— Brussels Airport says it will begin screening passengers arriving from Ebola-stricken countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Four flights a week from the area concerned arrive weekly at Brussels Airport. Similar measures were begun Saturday at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport, where one daily flight arrives from Conakry, Guinea.

  • BERLIN, Oct 19- Germany and France are secretly discussing a deal to enable the European Commission to approve Paris's draft 2015 budget even though it breaks past deficit-cutting commitments, German weekly Der Spiegel said on Sunday. In return, Germany would overlook France's repeated flouting of its pledge to bring its budget deficit inside the euro zone's...

  • BERLIN, Oct 19- Germany and France are secretly discussing a deal to enable the European Commission to approve Paris's draft 2015 budget even though it breaks past deficit-cutting commitments, German weekly Der Spiegel said on Sunday. In return, Germany would overlook France's repeated flouting of its pledge to bring its budget deficit inside the euro zone's...

  • LONDON, Oct 19- Evaporating inflation and slowing growth have put financial markets into such a spin that they could inflict further damage on the world economy. With the Fed set to turn off its money taps at the end of this month, investors appear to have woken up to poor growth prospects in much of the world, something International Monetary Fund chief Christine...

  • DAKAR/ NEW YORK, Oct 17- The first casualty of a possible U.S. ban on travel to and from Ebola-stricken West African nations could be Washington's ties with the region and, to a lesser degree, travel and resources businesses exposed to it. Such a move would make things worse for the nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea battling the outbreak, Liberia's...

  • Rules vary about travel to countries hit by Ebola Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 4:32 PM ET

    Demands are rising in Washington for the U.S. to ban travelers from countries in West Africa, but the Obama administration is resisting and says the screening measures already in place for travelers are more effective. There are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone to the U.S. No direct flights from the three affected countries to London's...

  • *Italy's Monte Paschi seen at risk. LONDON, Oct 17- Violent swings on financial markets in the past week have deepened investors' anxiety about what Europe's review of the health of its banks will reveal later this month. Concerns range from losses on bond portfolios held by banks in peripheral euro zone economies such as Italy or Greece to the greater difficulty...

  • IMF: Market sell-off may have been 'over-reaction' Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 10:04 AM ET

    PARIS— The head of the International Monetary Fund says market turmoil this week may have been an "over-reaction," as leading economic figures met to discuss Friday the global economy and worries about another recession in Europe. Reforms in France are also on the agenda at Friday's meeting in Paris, in a country crippled by flat growth and high unemployment.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 1.4 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 1.5 pct. Among the top gainers were Renault, up 2.8 percent and PSA Peugeot Citroen up 5.2 percent, boosted by data showing car sales in Europe rose 6.1 percent in September, the 13th straight month of growth in sales. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index was up 1.5 percent, at 2,917.69 points.

  • LONDON, Oct 17- World stocks hit a nine-month low on Friday but oil and southern European bonds were off their week's worst levels, as investors began to dust themselves off after one of the most volatile spells in world markets in years. Bourses in London, Frankfurt and Paris started the day up 1 to 1.5 percent and Athens rose 4.5 percent as Greek governments bonds...

  • Oct 16- Chicago grain and soybean futures rose on Thursday on technical buying, rebounding from losses in the previous session that were due to forecasts for favorable harvest weather in the week ahead. The CBOE volatility index, the fear gauge of financial markets, hit its highest level since November 2011 and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq briefly fell into negative...

  • *Concern that Germany and ECB will do too little too late. PARIS, Oct 16- After a two-year siesta, the euro zone is back in the financial markets' firing line due to stagnating growth, low inflation, budget problems in France and Italy and rising political risk in Greece, where the bloc's debt crisis began in 2009.. But four overlapping factors have rekindled anxiety...

  • *Faltering euro zone economy, slower growth in China pose biggest risks. Indeed, the biggest danger for the world economy in the coming year is deflation or another recession in the euro zone, followed closely by the risk of slower growth in China, according to polls conducted globally over the past week. "Especially, the recent weakening of growth in emerging...

  • *Areva says jumbo reactor still best product offer. *Areva hopes for new contracts in India, China. PARIS, Oct 16- Areva chief executive Luc Oursel, his job at risk from an imminent government overhaul, still believes the French nuclear group can win new contracts with its out-of-favor mega-reactor model in India and China.

  • LONDON, Oct 16- World markets tumbled for a second day on Thursday, hurt by concerns about the health of world economy and fears that Europe's debt crisis was waking up from a two-year siesta. European stock markets slumped, with London, Frankfurt and Paris down 1.8, 1.7 and 2.4 percent by midday and Greek shares down 3 percent for a loss of 17 percent in a week.

  • *Exxon Mobil says refinery strategic regardless of EU policy. ANTWERP, Belgium, Oct 16- Exxon Mobil is pouring $1 billion into a refinery in the European Union, setting aside concerns ranging from poor margins to EU green energy rules due to be agreed next week that will cut demand for oil. Heavy industry and some nations, such as coal-dependent Poland, have argued...

  • *Exxon Mobil says refinery strategic regardless of EU policy. ANTWERP, Belgium, Oct 16- Exxon Mobil is pouring $1 billion into a refinery in the European Union, setting aside concerns ranging from poor margins to EU green energy rules due to be agreed next week that will cut demand for oil. Heavy industry and some nations, such as coal-dependent Poland, have argued...