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  • *Total CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when a business jet collided with a snow plow during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, the company and airport officials said. "Total confirms with deep regret and great sadness that Chairman and CEO...

  • Total oil company CEO dies in Moscow plane crash Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 9:32 PM ET

    MOSCOW— The CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine Monday night at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, the company said. Total "confirms with deep regret and sadness" that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in a private plane crash at the Moscow airport, the company said in a press release dated...

  • *Defender of Moscow policies killed in plane-plow crash. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed in an airplane collision with a snow plow at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said on Tuesday. The collision occurred during takeoff of the Dassault Falcon business...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed in an airplane collision with a snowplow at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said on Tuesday. De Margerie, 63, a graduate of the Ecole Superieure de Commerce business school in Paris, became chief executive officer of Total...

  • *Berlin, Paris to present joint paper Dec. 1. BERLIN, Oct 20- Germany and France sought to paper over deep differences about how to bolster a faltering European economy, promising on Monday to unveil joint proposals on strengthening investment and competitiveness by early December. They committed themselves to a Dec. 1 deadline but it was not clear the two...

  • Citing illness, CEO of France's Areva steps down Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    PARIS— The CEO of French nuclear manufacturer Areva is stepping down, saying an unspecified illness has left him unable to do the work. State-controlled Areva is struggling through a turnaround, complicated by France's recently announced plans to move away from nuclear energy in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami at the Fukushima power plant in...

  • BERLIN, Oct 20- Germany and France agreed on Monday to work towards a deal to boost investment and accelerate economic reforms to revive a stagnating euro zone economy, their finance ministers said. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has opposed any big public investment drive, said Paris and Berlin would put forward a joint paper in early December...

  • The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 45 countries, was up 0.3 percent by 1030 GMT, having fallen about 10 percent in four weeks to last week's lows. "U.S. macro data is reassuring, the earnings season has been quite good so far, and we're getting positive news such as Japan's big pension fund boosting its exposure to equities." Japan's $1.2 trillion...

  • FRANKFURT/ PARIS, Oct 20- The European Central Bank has started buying covered bonds, an ECB spokesman said on Monday, opening a new front in its battle to revive the euro zone economy and keep deflation at bay. Shares in euro zone banks outperformed, with Banco Santander up 0.9 percent, Societe Generale up 0.8 percent and UniCredit up 1.6 percent.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 20- The European Union has ended a long-running telecoms row with China, the EU's trade chief said on Monday, dropping a threat to levy punitive tariffs on Chinese telecoms exports and easing tensions between two of the world's top trading powers. As Reuters reported exclusively on Oct. 8, the deal struck between Brussels and Beijing sets out a...

  • 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, France to draw up investment plans Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany and France agreed Monday to draw up proposals by the beginning of December to boost investment as they try to come up with a strategy that will help shore up the European economic recovery. Though the decision to come up with an investment plan shows the two countries trying to work together closely, the divide between Berlin and Paris on economic...

  • *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...