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  • *Greek ministers visit Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris. ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, May 5- Greece stepped up diplomacy with euro zone partners on Tuesday to try to avert a potentially catastrophic funding crunch this month, when it must make a big debt repayment to the IMF as cash reserves dry up. Ministers were travelling to Frankfurt, Brussels and Paris to plead for a loosening of...

  • RIYADH, May 5- After failing for years to win a single order for the Dassault-built Rafale fighter jet, France has scored a string of multi-billion-euro wins in recent weeks and is on a quest for more. Egypt, India and Qatar have all just signed contracts. After signing deals worth some 15 billion euros for a total of 84 aircraft, France now has the United Arab Emirates...

  • Greek officials lobby EU, ECB for swift loan payout Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 4:23 AM ET

    PARIS— Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is meeting top European officials in Paris and Brussels as the cash-strapped country seeks the swift release of delayed bailout money that it needs to keep up with its debt payments. He's scheduled to hold talks with European Union Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici in Brussels later in the day.

  • WASHINGTON, May 4- Holcim Ltd, a Swiss company, and Lafarge S.A., which is based in Paris, on Monday won U.S. antitrust approval to merge after they agreed to divest assets, the Federal Trade Commission. Lafarge said previously that it would sell its Davenport cement plant in Iowa and seven terminals along the Mississippi River to Summit Materials for $450 million in...

  • WASHINGTON, May 4- Holcim Ltd, a Swiss company, and Lafarge S.A., which is based in Paris, on Monday won U.S. antitrust approval to merge after they agreed to divest assets, the Federal Trade Commission.

  • ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, May 4- Wide differences over pension and labour reforms continued to dog intensive negotiations between Greece's leftist government and its international creditors despite progress in other areas as the country's cash position becomes increasingly critical. Government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis sounded the alarm on Monday,...

  • *Corn falls for third day on fast planting pace. "I've heard some talk that China has an increased appetite for oil, said Bill Gentry, broker at Risk Management Associates." Corn was anchored by expectations that a U.S. Department of Agriculture report on Monday afternoon will show that farmers seeded huge chunks of their acreage in the past week.

  • ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, May 4- Wide differences over pension and labour reforms continued to dog intensive negotiations between Greece's leftist government and its international creditors despite progress in other areas as the country's cash position becomes increasingly critical. Government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis sounded the alarm on Monday,...

  • BERLIN, May 4- European aviation safety regulators introduced new training requirements on Monday to help prevent accidents by pilots losing control of planes in-flight, such as during a stall or in bad weather. In one such accident, an Air France jet flying between Rio de Janeiro and Paris plunged into the Atlantic Ocean during a storm in June, 2009, killing all...

  • *Sacked former CEO's 4.44 million euros exit deal approved. *Brandicourt also gets extra 4 million euros golden hello. Investor advisory group ISS had recommended a vote against both resolutions, prompting the Sanofi board to appeal for loyalty and call ISS's advice "a real error in analysis."

  • BRUSSELS, May 4- General Electric's CEO will meet the European antitrust chief on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the matter, as the EU investigates the U.S. company's 12.4- billion-euro bid for an Alstom business. GE is seeking to convince the Commission to approve its proposal to buy French company Alstom's power equipment business, without...

  • PARIS— French President Francois Hollande is seeking to solidify strategic alliances in the Persian Gulf, as he heads to Qatar to sign a 7 billion-euro fighter jet deal and then gets a starring role in a regional summit in Saudi Arabia. France has led airstrikes against Islamic State extremists, supported international intervention in Yemen, and held a tough...

  • Wheat prices were mixed, hovering near a roughly five-year low notched on Tuesday. "The spreads don't indicate much bullishness," said Craig VanDyke, analyst at brokerage Top Third Ag Marketing in Chicago. A stabilizing greenback made commodities priced in the currency less attractive in international markets, with U.S. corn and wheat already more expensive in...

  • Wheat prices were hovering near a roughly five-year low notched on Tuesday. "The spreads don't indicate much bullishness," said Craig VanDyke, analyst at brokerage Top Third Ag Marketing in Chicago. A stabilizing greenback made commodities priced in the currency less attractive in international markets, with U.S. corn and wheat already more expensive in many...

  • *France wants Renault to stay in control of alliance. PARIS, April 30- The French government's move to tighten its hold on Renault, crowned by a rare public defeat for CEO Carlos Ghosn on Thursday, has exposed competing visions for the carmaker and its alliance with Nissan. Ghosn must now decide whether to fight or negotiate for closer Renault-Nissan integration,...

  • Argentina's capital is world capital of bookstores Friday, 1 May 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    From hole-in-the-wall joints with used copies of works by Jorge Luis Borges, Miguel de Cervantes and Gabriel Garcia Marquez to elegant buildings with the latest children's books in several languages, Buenos Aires is filled with locales that pay homage to print. With a population of 2.8 million people within the city limits, there are 25 bookstores for every...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 14 Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    BOSTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren gives welcome and opening remarks before the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act Outreach Meeting hosted by the bank- 1300 GMT. BOSTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo speaks at opening session before the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction...

  • UPDATE 1-Airbus to file complaint in German spy scandal Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 2:03 PM ET

    BERLIN, April 30- Airbus Group said on Thursday it planned to complain to the German authorities over reports that the country's foreign intelligence agency had helped the United States to spy on it and other European firms. "We've asked the government for more information," an Airbus spokesman in Germany said. Earlier, when asked about the reports on a call with...

  • BRUSSELS, April 30- The European Commission on Thursday called for a tougher U.N. The European Union has already introduced its own law to curb climate-harming hydrofluorocarbons, also called "F-gases", used in fridges and air conditioners. The European Union is seeking to lead the push for more ambitious action on curbing greenhouse gases ahead of a conference...

  • PARIS, April 30- The French government will increase its influence at Renault after shareholders failed to block a change in voting rights which the carmaker has said could damage its alliance with Japan's Nissan. It has said it wants to safeguard French interests at Renault, which is deepening its ties with Nissan. Renault owns 43.4 percent of Nissan.