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  • *Aid to help fishermen facing stricter quotas. BRUSSELS, April 16- The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to hand out 6.5 billion euros to help the fishing industry cope with radical EU reforms to cut the size of their catches.

  • PARIS, April 16- French food group Danone reported a slowdown in first-quarter sales growth on Wednesday, as sales volumes at its core dairy division were hit by the company passing on higher milk prices and sales in the baby food business also fell, though less sharply than feared.

  • BRUSSELS,- The European Parliament backed a law on Wednesday to help keep alien species of plants and wildlife out of Europe and limit their spread in the event they do get in. Non-native plant and animal life are estimated to cost the European Union 12 billion euros a year in damage and control costs.

  • ALGIERS, April 16- Cramped with his young wife and three infants in a shack in Algiers' Citi Hofra slum, Amin Kerchach could be forgiven for being angry at missing out on Algeria's gas wealth.

  • April 16- The world economy can expect steady growth at best over the coming year, but any rapid slowdown in China as it tries to rebalance its economy could upset the still-unsteady progress, Reuters polls showed.

  • PARIS, April 16- French food group Danone reported a slowdown in first-quarter sales growth on Wednesday, as sales volumes at its core dairy division were hit by the company passing on higher milk prices and sales in the baby food business also fell, though less sharply than feared.

  • France targets welfare for big spending cuts Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    PARIS— France's new prime minister announced plans Wednesday to cut 21 billion euros from state pensions, health care and the social safety net as a part of a 50 billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit.

  • PARIS, April 16- France vowed on Wednesday to honour its Europeans commitments on deficit reduction and rushed out details of its grand plan to curb public spending by 50 billion euros between 2015 and the end of President Francois Hollande's term in 2017..

  • European shares bounce back as Chinese data reassures Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    *Euro STOXX 50 up 1 pct, moves back above 50- day moving average. PARIS, April 16- European shares rose on Wednesday, reversing the previous session's slide as economic growth data from China came a touch above forecasts. French utilities Veolia Environnement and Suez Environnement both surged around 3 percent, boosted by merger speculation.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to April 29 Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    TOKYO- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at the Japan Trust Banks Association- 0615 GMT. LJUBLJANA- Slovenia Finance Minister Uros Cufer speaks at a business conference on the European and Slovenian banking sector- 0700 GMT.

  • *Group includes BNP, SocGen, Caisse des Depots, ING, ABN Amro, Banco Espirito Santo.

  • BRUSSELS, April 15- European trucks will be transformed to make driver cabs more aerodynamic, cutting emissions and improving safety, under new rules backed by EU politicians on Tuesday that could divide the industry due to the cost.

  • *Dry weather in France, Germany seen threat to wheat yields. LONDON, April 15- Wheat prices on the Chicago Board of Trade edged higher on Tuesday, moving back towards the prior session's two-week peak, boosted by cold, dry weather in the U.S.

  • Teething troubles for Chinese tourists in Thailand Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:49 AM ET

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand— The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand's top universities is under a security clampdown. Thousands have clambered aboard student buses at Chiang Mai University, made a mess in cafeterias and sneaked into classes to attend lectures.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to April 28 Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke visits India. CANBERRA, Australia- RBA Assistant Governor Guy Debelle speaks to the Economic Society of Australia in Canberra- 0230 GMT. DUBLIN- Irish financial regulator Cyril Roux speaks at conference on' The Future of Prudential Regulation'- 0900 GMT.

  • ANALYSIS-"Great Stretch" to secure Greek debt return Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    Greece made a successful, if artificially engineered, return to the long-term capital markets last week for the first time since its international bailout in 2010, and just two years after imposing heavy losses on its private creditors.

  • April 14- U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co is under pressure from a group of shareholders to consider relocating to Europe to gain tax benefits, the Financial Times reported.

  • *Indexes breaks losing streak on U.S. data, Citi results. LONDON, April 14- Strong U.S. economic data helped pan-European equity indexes snap a three-day losing streak on Monday but appetite for risk remained muted as the threat of violence between Ukrainian forces and pro- Russia separatists loomed.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300, Euro STOXX 50 both flat. LONDON, April 14- Cyclical shares weighed on European bourses on Monday as tensions in Ukraine and volatile global markets prompted investors to take a more cautious stance on growth and cash in on some of the best performers of the past nine months.

  • *Seen as key for expansion of Angola's oil industry. PARIS/ LUANDA, April 14- France's Total said it would go ahead with a deepwater project offshore Angola after cutting its cost to $16 billion, keeping Africa's No.2 producer on track to expand its oil industry.

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