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  • Top French court approves extradition of Kazakh banker Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 9:04 AM ET

    PARIS— France's top appeals court on Wednesday approved the extradition of a Kazakh oligarch-turned-dissident to Russia or Ukraine— but his lawyers urged the French government to reconsider, arguing that the case is politically motivated. Ablyazov's lawyers say he is being pursued because of his activities as an opposition leader in autocratic...

  • LONDON— The British government has agreed to sell its stake in Eurostar, the high-speed rail service that connects London with Paris and Brussels through a tunnel under the English Channel, for 757 million pounds, a move that's prompted accusations that it is selling the family silver. The Treasury said Wednesday that a group of international investors,...

  • PARIS— France's nuclear industry is in turmoil after the country's main reactor manufacturer, Areva, reported a loss for 2014 of 4.8 billion euros— more than its entire market value. The government of France, the world's most nuclear dependent country, has a 29 percent stake in Areva, which is among the biggest global nuclear technology companies.

  • PARIS— A British investor who made millions in Russia before his lawyer was imprisoned and died is calling for an international investigation into the killing of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. U.S.-born William Browder is suggesting a probe led by the United Nations, the Council of Europe or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

  • PARIS— A Paris court has fined a journalist for broadcaster Al-Jazeera 1,000 euros for flying a drone without authorization over the French capital while the city was under a high security alert. The court ordered the drone confiscated but handed down no prison term to Tristan Redman, who had faced a maximum one-year prison sentence and a 75,000- euro fine.

  • SINGAPORE/ PARIS, March 3- Chicago wheat traded little changed on Tuesday after posting its biggest daily loss in more than two months in the last session, pressured by a lack of demand for U.S. supplies as the dollar strengthens. "The concerns about frost damage in the U.S., which had driven up the price at the end of last week, appear to be dissipating again," Commerzbank...

  • LONDON, March 1- The latest episode of Greece's debt crisis has revived doubts about the long-term survival of the euro, nowhere more so than in London, Europe's main financial centre and a hotbed of Euroscepticism. To sceptics, the election of a radical leftist-led government in Athens committed to tearing up Greece's bailout looks like the start of an...

  • BOSTON— The company that operates the state's commuter rail system has been fined more than $434,000 after nearly two-thirds of the trains were late or canceled during the heavy snowfalls that pounded the region last month, transit officials said Monday. Keolis Commuter Services had an on-time performance rate of roughly 35 percent, the Massachusetts Bay...

  • PARIS— France is ordering manufacturers to inform consumers how long they can expect their TV, cell phone or other appliance to last— before they buy it. A new French government decree that came into effect this week aims at fighting so-called planned obsolescence. Violators face up to 15,000 euros in fines.

  • Armani creates new winter trousers with tulip flair Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 7:39 AM ET

    Elsewhere around Milan, the 1970 s got a revival by the young design team Au Jour Le Jour, Missoni reached out for a younger audience and Giorgio Armani launched what may become his "It" bag. Highlights from shows Sunday, the fifth day of Milan Fashion Week, include Dolce&Gabbana, Marni, Missoni and Salvatore Ferragamo. Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana...

  • 8 convicted over Harry Winston jewel heists in Paris Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 10:03 AM ET

    PARIS— Eight people have been convicted in connection with a spectacular 2008 holdup at a Harry Winston jewelry shop in Paris, in which three cross-dressing gunmen stole about $92 million in loot, a defense lawyer said Saturday. Lawyer Philippe Stepniewski said sentences ranged from nine months to 15 years in prison— with the heaviest penalty handed to Douadi...

  • NEW YORK— John B. Fairchild, who took Women's Wear Daily from dry fashion trade publication to an international industry force, died Friday at his Manhattan home after a long illness, the magazine confirmed. Fairchild headed his family's publishing business, Fairchild Publications Inc., for more than 30 years, including a long stint as the tyrannical editor in...

  • Meet the man who beats the market without fail Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 12:43 PM ET
    Aviva France's head office in Paris.

    In one of the most astounding situations in the financial world, Max-Herve George has a way to invest with 20-20 hindsight, the FT reports.

  • STOCKHOLM— Switzerland has become the first country to submit a pledge to the United Nations for a new global climate deal, vowing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The European Union, United States, China and Norway have also announced their intended targets but haven't formally submitted them to the U.N.

  • LOS ANGELES— In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel. Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, with family at his side, said his son, Adam Nimoy.

  • *Vodafone, alternative ops warn on "re-monopolisation". Germany's Deutsche Telekom and Spain's Telefonica have predicted that revenues will grow this year, while France's Orange and Norway's Telenor have promised higher future dividends, a major motivation for investors in the sector. Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive Tim Hoettges attributed the rebirth...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- European shares held steady at seven-year highs on Friday as investor confidence stayed buoyant ahead of the European Central Bank's monthly 60- billion-euro money-printing programme set to start in March. "The market's had a good run and it's the end of the month so we're going to see it drift lower today as people book some profit," ETX Capital's...

  • Egypt's Sawiris readies digital revamp for Euronews Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 7:08 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 27- Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris, unveiling plans for his majority stake in European broadcaster Euronews, said on Friday a cash injection would be used to expand onto digital platforms and better promote the brand. Part of the family that founded Egypt's giant Orascom group, Sawiris said he planned to retain Lyon, France- based Euronews's...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- European shares rose to fresh seven-year highs on Friday, extending a two-month rally fuelled by the European Central Bank's money printing programme which starts in the coming weeks. About two-thirds of the way into Europe's earnings season, 55 percent of companies have met or beaten profit forecasts. Overall, fourth-quarter earnings are...

  • Airbus says net profit soared in 2014 Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    PARIS— Airbus says its net profit soared 59 percent last year as a record-high number of jet deliveries helped offset a 551 million euros end-of-year charge against its delayed A400M military transporter program. At the same time Airbus will cut production of its wide-body A330 series to six a month from early next year, from the current rate of 10 a month.