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  • UPDATE 1-GE in talks to buy France's Alstom - Bloomberg Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 6:11 PM ET

    April 23- General Electric Co is in talks to buy French turbine and train maker Alstom SA for about $13 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

  • GE in talks to buy France's Alstom - Bloomberg Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 5:33 PM ET

    April 23- General Electric Co is in talks to buy French turbine and train maker Alstom SA for about $13 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. An Alstom spokeswoman denied the report saying "these are totally unfounded rumours". Alstom has a market valuation of about $10.37 billion, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • Business events scheduled for Thursday Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 2:09 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases durable goods for March, 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m..

  • CAMPINAS, Brazil, April 23- Brazil's third-biggest airline, Azul Linhas Aereas, unveiled plans on Wednesday to add 11 wide-body jets from European planemaker Airbus to start service to the United States. The selection of Airbus planes, first reported on Tuesday by Reuters, is another blow to U.S. rival Boeing Co in Latin America's biggest market.

  • PARIS, April 23- France's Safran rattled investors with first-quarter aerospace revenue hampered by pressures ranging from delayed deliveries of defence equipment to weaker helicopter sales and cold weather in North America. But its shares fell as much as 3.6 percent, leading France's blue-chip CAC 40 index lower.

  • Spacious new Heathrow Terminal 2 set for opening Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    LONDON— The rundown, overcrowded Terminal 2 at London's sprawling Heathrow Airport is long gone, about to be replaced by a spacious new building built to handle 20 million passengers each year. The new facility was hailed as a cornerstone of Heathrow's revitalization when shown to reporters Wednesday ahead of the June 4 opening.

  • BRUSSELS/ KIEV, April 23- The European Commission said on Wednesday it is working on holding talks with Ukraine and Russia on a possible solution to Kiev's gas crisis, but no date has been set.

  • France raises deficit forecasts amid low growth Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 7:59 AM ET

    A plan aimed at reducing France's debt over the next three years was presented Wednesday during a Cabinet meeting. It raises the 2014 public deficit forecast from 3.6 percent of France's annual gross domestic product to 3.8 percent, and the 2015 forecast from 2.8 percent to 3 percent.

  • Strauss-Kahn's ex: 'I didn't know anything' Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 AM ET

    PARIS— Dominique Strauss-Kahn's ex-wife, who stood by him as he was charged with attempted rape, now says she was in denial about his sexual behavior. Anne Sinclair, a prominent French journalist, supported the former International Monetary Fund chief when he was arrested in New York in 2011 on accusations by a hotel maid. The New York charges were later dropped.

  • UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    Paris- based UNESCO says 774 million people worldwide cannot read, and most people in sub-Saharan Africa don't own any books but cellphones are increasingly widespread. The report Wednesday by UNESCO says large numbers of people in such countries are reading books and stories on "rudimentary small-screen devices."

  • LONDON, April 23- European shares edged down on Wednesday after three days of gains as signs of a still stuttering Chinese economy and rising worries about Ukraine offset a reassuring set of European economic numbers.

  • LONDON, April 23- European shares edged down on Wednesday after three days of gains as data showing China's economy was still stuttering offset some broadly reassuring European purchasing manager index numbers.

  • PARIS, April 23- France's Safran posted a 3.3 percent rise in first-quarter revenue and confirmed its outlook for 2014 despite industry concerns over the strength of the euro, but its shares dropped amid worries over the key services market.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to May 6 Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England will release the minutes of April Monetary Policy Committee meeting- 0830 GMT. HELSINKI- Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen and The Finns Party leader Timo Soini participate in a election debate- 1300 GMT.

  • PARIS, April 23- France's independent fiscal watchdog said on Wednesday the government's growth forecasts for 2016 and 2017 were "optimistic", while the 1.7 percent target for 2015 was attainable but dependent on favorable circumstances.

  • *Brazilian soybeans sold to China head to United States. CHICAGO, April 22- U.S. corn futures jumped on Tuesday as concerns about slow planting progress helped fuel a rebound from sharp losses the previous session, while soybean futures tumbled on increased imports into the United States.

  • DIARY - Top economic events to May 5 Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, will give a speech entitled "Eight Years of Crisis Management at the Federal Reserve and the Way Forward"- 1545 GMT. HALIFAX, Canada- Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver will speak at a Halifax Chamber of Commerce lunch in Nova Scotia- 1545 GMT.

  • LONDON, April 21- Chicago wheat fell around 2 percent on Monday to its lowest in almost a week after much needed rains fell in the parched U.S. Corn and soybean prices were also lower. Chicago Board of Trade wheat for May delivery was off 2.0 percent at $6.77-1/ 4 a bushel at 1119 GMT after earlier dipping to $6.76-1/ 4 a bushel, its lowest since April 15.

  • *Japan logs largest-ever trade deficit, nudges up dollar/yen. TOKYO, April 21- Asian stock markets were subdued on Monday, as tensions in Ukraine kept investors cautious amid an absence of catalysts as several markets remained closed for the Easter holiday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched down 0.1 percent.

  • BRUSSELS, April 21- Jacques de Larosiere says he is an isolated and modest man. An eminence grise as respected among France's political elite as in the heart of the law-drafting European Commission, de Larosiere finds himself at the nexus of finance and rulemaking, treading a fine line between lobbying and advice.

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